The Ferrari 328 is a mid-engine V8 two-seat sports car manufactured and marketed by Ferrari, an Italian car manufacturer. Ferrari manufactured this model in two different variants: 328 GTB and 328 GTS. It was Ferrari's answer to the 308 GTB and GTS models. In order to boost power and torque, Ferrari upgraded the engine to 3.2L, which is still mechanically built on the 308's chassis and bodywork. The 328 was replaced by the 348 in 1989.
History of Ferrari 328
In the summer of 1984, Ferrari built a sample of the 328 model for testing purposes. In the spring of 1985, chassis number 49543 was approved, road-registered, and thoroughly tested. Ferrari created the first prototype as a cabriolet convertible with a soft top. Since their body, chassis, and engine designs are close (but not identical), Ferrari 308 and 328 can be regarded as a single model family. There was no drastic modification in the general form of the new 328 models, which had been around for eight years, despite several changes to the 3L engine. Dino's 90-degree transversely installed Ferrari finally perfected the traditionally aspirated V8 engine in the 328. Rear mid, rear-wheel-drive layouts with transversely positioned engines are becoming more widespread. With its proven track record, rising market value, and timeless design, the 328 is often one of the most useful vintage Ferraris ever built. The legend says that although the technical departments were satisfied with the model's results, the marketing division worried that it would conflict with the Mondial Cabriolet version as a convertible. Like its predecessor, the car manufacturer only made it in Berlinetta (GTB - coupe) and Spider (GTS-targa) versions. Italy's 49543 cabriolet chassis was still licensed for usage on the road as of 2018. The 328 GTB/GTS was manufactured from September 1988 until October 1989. (the model year 1989). Some were available as a memorial to the late Enzo Ferrari, while others were purchased purely for investment after his unexpected passing in August 1988. The 328 model was in production from 1985 to 1989. As of the 348's introduction in Autumn 1989, Ferrari had produced 7,412 units.
Ferrari 328 GTB/GTS Turbo
Ferrari replaced the non-intercooled 208 GTB/GTS Turbo, based on the 308, with a two-liter turbocharged and intercooled version of the 328 in 1986, officially called GTB Turbo and GTS Turbo. To meet the needs of Italy's local market, Ferrari designed this version of the 328 with an additional 38% value-added tax, compared to the regular 18%. It's estimated that 308 GTB Turbos and 328 GTS Turbos were built throughout the period from 1986 to 1989 by Ferrari.
In 1985, Ferrari retailed the Ferrar 328 from $58,400-$62,500 (around $156,043 to $166,998 in 2022).
Carrozzeria tweaks were made to the original Pininfarina design, although they were minor. As a result, Ferrari enhanced both the aesthetics and the overall aerodynamics. Scaglietti, the coachbuilder, still produced the car's body primarily by hand. There were major changes to the interior, including new patterns for the seat panels and stitching together with new door panels and handles. There was a comprehensive overhaul of the cockpit switches. Ferrari's 1984 GTO supercar inspired the new orange-on-black dashboard instruments. The huge speedometer and tachometer were visible on the primary instrument panel with the anatomically designed Momo (Moretti-Monza) steering wheel. Optional features for the Ferrari 328 include a leather dashboard, air conditioning, rear window surround, leather headlining to the removable roof panel, Pirelli P7 tires, metallic paint, and a rear aerofoil. The modified body relaxed the wedge shape of its previous model, with a reworked nose that had a more curved form, accompanied by similarity solution to the tail valance panel. Added to the Mondial 3.2 models' radiator grille and front light assembly configuration were body-color bumpers integrated into their valence panels on the updated nose and tail sections. As a result, all of the eight-cylinder cars in the series had a relatively uniform front and back appearance, resulting in a cohesive family appearance.
Ferrari 328 delivers 270 hp (201 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 224 lb-ft (304 Nm) of torque at 5,500 rpm. This model accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 kph) in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 166 mph (267 kph) and a curb weight of 2,784 lbs (1,263 kg). Ferrari manufactured the 328 as a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) model with a 5-speed manual transmission powered by a 3.2L Tipo F105CB V8 engine.
Ferrari produced and marketed the Ferrari 328 GTB and GTS between 1985 and 1989, with 7,412 units produced.