Peter, all good points.
One clarification is needed though. 12s will out perform 8s *in a straight line*.
Nobody is tracking V12s at anything close to “holy shitballs” pace on a regular basis.
They are too heavy.
There is a reason a 512TR Challenge or 550 Maranello Challenge series was never developed.
I have heard many owners explain their “upgrade” to an F430 from a 550 when they have decided to get serious about road rallies, hillclimbs and track use.
Lets compare apples-to-apples here.
A 512TR MAY be better performance-wise, but we’re not talking about the same type of model. The V-8 series was always meant to be the entry-level example, whereas the 12s were always the top-of-the-line model. The 12s will always out-perform
an 8 when relatively-close in age/era. That’s the point. Get them in with an 8, then in a few years they’ll trade up to a 12 (or, at least a newer 8).
Funny you mention the 355, because that is a car I would never touch! As much as the 355 was a vast improvement over the 348, they were cursed with some major problems too. Don’t forget that first gen. F1 transmission was cool at the time,
but is garbage today (I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those parts are NLA). Have the exhaust manifold and valve guide issues been truly solved to this day? Am I correct to think that even aftermarket Tubi manifolds still crack, just because of the insane
levels of heat generated by the engines? Cats that crap out O2 sensors, constantly triggering CELs, etc. But one thing the 355 has going for it is a glorious exhaust note that, in my opinion (take it for what it’s worth! Ha!) has THE best sound that has never
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You have obviously never driven a 512 TR
I could eat a 348 and a 355 alive with my car
Out brake it and definitely out accelerate it
On any given day
You have a soft spot for the 348 Lash
I get that
But facts are facts
The car was a stone in a swimming pool
At the bottom!
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The 348 is for driving dynamics where the TR is for the prime parking spot!
The static assessments from 1989 are one thing. Buy the car that looks better in your eye.
On the road, everything changes...
The 348 is on a different planet than the 308/328.
It was a jump from the 70s to the 90s.
Chassis dynamics, high speed shock damping, linear stability, turn in, etc.
Braking power, pedal feel, fade resistance and modulation are absolutely superb.
The engine feels like it has 100 hp more than a 308/328. Good torque and the induction sound is louder and sharper than the 308/328.
These cars are not even comparable to anyone who has driven them back to back.
Ok, everyone, back to the bench and let’s talk about which one has better A/C and floor mat stitching!
The 348 a cheese grater for condo owners. The Testarossa is one for a home owner...
Personally, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the 348. It was
the first of a new era/architecture of V8 cars, and predictably, had a lot
of problems. That said (and unlike the 328), it was noticeably faster than
a 308, and it "held the line" during the time when Honda and the press were
making so much noise about the NSX.
Appearance wise, I still have the AutoWeek cover from the Frankfurt launch,
and the car looked great there. I often liken it to looking like a "running
shoe" very streamlined and athletic. If it were not for the fake front
grill, I would have no qualms about its body work.
Finally, I think all of the car's difficulties taught Ferrari some important
lessons; need for better quality, benefits of special models, benefits of
syder models, etc... that helped them be more successful in later years.
Regarding the car that sold for a high price, if it really did happen to be
one of the "better than the norm" examples that Clyde cites, then it would
make sense that it would go for a lot; as we have been discussing, such
examples are harder to find, and hence more valuable.
I've test-driven a couple of 348s, and will say, that I can imagine a
potential buyer liking the car a lot more than a 308 or 328. Once bitten
by the bug, I don't think it is that hard to convince one's self that (based
on a PPI) a particular example has already had all the bugs shaken out of
Not claiming that the 348 is not fraught, just pointing out that I think it
has its good points as well...
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