The Ferrari F355 is a sports car produced and marketed by Ferrari, an Italian car manufacturer, from May 1994 to 1999. Ferrari made numerous changes, from exterior to interior, to the Ferrari 348 and made it the F355. The model was replaced by the Ferrari 360 in 1999.
History of Ferrari F355
Italian automaker Ferrari built the F355 from 1994 to 1999 as a rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle with a medium engine. Ferrari finished 348 in 1994, and this model is a development of it. Like the prior 348th model, the F355 also had a V8 engine. However, the only element in common between these two vehicles' powertrains was the type of engine used. The F355 had a 3.5L engine, not a 3.4L one. But the most significant change is that there are now five valves per cylinder instead of four. The Ferrari 355 signaled a shift away from the geometric styling of the 1980s and toward a more natural appearance. This had the Pininfarina trademark on the exterior and a fantastic engine. And yet, this wasn't the end of the story. The powerful V8 engine of the previous F348 had to be retired, and something new had to be introduced to take its place. The F355 is finally here. Those numbers meant something to the Ferrari, which possessed a 3.5L engine with 5 valves per cylinder and a 6-speed gearbox.
Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
As the first of a popular series of F355 variants, the Berlinetta was unveiled back in May 1994. The 6-speed manual transmission was the sole option at first. In 1989, it made its début in Formula 1, winning the Brazilian Grand Prix in its first race. Ferrari's 4,871 road-going Berlinetta cars had 6-speed manual transmissions, whereas 1,042 had F1 transmissions.
Ferrari F355 Spider
With 1,800 hours in development, the F355 Spider's Pininfarina-designed lines culminated in a mix of elegance and aerodynamic prowess. With an overall production of 3,717 units, the Spider was the second-most successful F355 variant, with 2,664 units manufactured with the 6-speed manual gearbox and 1,053 units made with the F1 gearbox.
Ferrari F355 GTS
Ferrari released the GTS model to the F355 lineup in 1995. Ferrari opted to offer the 355 a targa shape, but it couldn't call it anything else than Targa. In the end, they named the model GTS. The manufacturer introduced the GTS variant of the F355 when the standard mid-engined coupe was no longer appropriate for those seeking a unique Ferrari. It wasn't as sporty as the cabriolet because the chassis had to be reinforced, but it wasn't as fragile. It was almost as popular as the Spider remake.
Ferrari F355 Challenge
Ferarri also debuted the Ferrari F355 Challenge in 1995, designed for use just in the Ferrari Challenge, an international GT class event. Sport seats, safety arches, and wing were the main features between this vehicle and the rest of the lineup.
Ferrari F355 Serie Fiorano
Ferrari's limited-edition F355 series, Series Fiorano, debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. For its initial release on the market in March 1999, this limited-edition model had several upgrades that brought the track performance considerably closer to the Challenge models, with a total of 104 units produced.
Ferrari retailed the 1995 Ferrari F355 for $129,405, which is $244,123 in 2022.
Interior Features of Ferrari F355
This car's interior has Connolly hide and the legendary shift gate. Although a well-maintained vehicle will be nearly faultless inside, there are several things to look for when inspecting it from the outside. Ferrari entirely constructed the center console's components with rubberized black plastic. With a transparent lacquer applied over the top, the primary gear knob is polished metal. Generally, Ferrari installed so much leather for the model's interior, and they were in the seats, door panels, center console, roof, dashboard, and the back portion of the seats. So the price of this model didn't surprise its customers at the time.
Exterior Features of Ferrari F355
The exterior design was stunning, with a compact dimension. Ascending from the windscreen, a short straight roof and a lowering panel framed the car's rear end, the short front trunk cover. Outside of the interior, the side windows seemed to be the cabin's rear side windows. Their only purpose was to improve the lateral aerodynamics of the vehicle. Ferrari placed the engine compartment between the two panels.
The Ferrari F355 delivers 375 hp (279 kW) at 8,250 rpm and 268 lb-ft (363 Nm) at 6,000 rpm of torque. This model accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 kph) in less than 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 170 mph (274 kph) and a curb weight of 2,976 lbs (1,350 kg). Ferrari manufactured the F355 model as a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) model with 6-speed manual and 6-speed F1 automated manual transmissions. Ferrari powered the F355 with a 3.5L 5V F129 B/C V8 engine.
Ferrari released the Ferrari F355 in May 1995 and discontinued it in 1999 when they introduced the Ferrari 360.