What is it?
A very good Ferrari. And a very expensive Ferrari. At £172,500, the new 430 Scuderia (don’t call it an F430 Scuderia within the walls of Maranello or you’ll be beaten) is a pared-back version of the company’s best selling car. It is also nearly £50k more than a base F430.
What’s it like?
Sensational. Ferrari at its best, and the only road car I’ve ever driven whose electronic chassis aids behave as if they were pulled from a contemporary racing car.
Any initial cynicism over the price very quickly disappears once you have a steer. Power is up 20bhp to 503bhp and torque rises just 4lb ft to 346lb ft. But torque delivery is much more robust, partly through some clever ignition work, and also a kerbweight that is 100kg less than a stock F430. Dry, Ferrari claims that this car weighs 1250kg; on the road, with fluids, it’s just 1350kg.
The Scuderia has been optimised for road and track. Hence its Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres have the same aquaplaning performance as the standard rubber. There is so much to enjoy in the Scuderia. Finally, this is the F1 transmission we’ve been waiting for since the first 355 back in ’96. Slow shifts are blurred without a jolt and the fast shifts are now delivered in just 60 milliseconds. That’s as fast as the computer can disengage and re-engage the clutch; as fast as Schuey’s 2004 F1 car, and as fast as any DSG ‘box. Stringing that V8 out to 8500rpm and then feeling a controlled jolt through the rear bulkhead as another gear engages, the Scuderia seems uncontrollably exciting.