2000 Ferrari 360 Modena F1
Revealed in spring 1999 at the Geneva motor show in Berlinetta form, the 360 was much more than an evolution of the 355. Gone was the 355’s chiseled delicacy, in its place something bigger and bolder, the Pininfarina curves more generous and voluptuous. Gone, too, were the pop-up lights that could be traced back to the 308 GTB; the 360 placed them under perspex covers, beneath them gaping air intakes for twin water radiators.
Behind the passenger compartment, instead of buttresses running either side of a flat, vented engine cover, here was a glass fastback sweeping down to the tail, affording an uninterrupted view of the red crackle-finish cam covers on the mid-mounted V8 engine. There were familiar Ferrari cues, of course, including the sculpted vents in the flanks that could be traced back to the Dino 206/246, but at the rear were two huge venturi tunnels. It was a fresh look for Ferrari, and one that reflected major changes not only in aerodynamics – the 360 generated up to four times the 355’s downforce – but also in construction.
The 360’s biggest departure was that both its main structure and its outer body panels were entirely aluminium. The chassis used a combination of thicker welded sections in areas where strength was paramount, and thinner bonded sections where strength was less critical, with a view to keeping weight down. The net effect was that although the 360 was a bigger, more refined and noticeably roomier car than the 355 (Ferrari was at pains to point out that there was space behind the seats for a set of golf clubs) and a considerably stiffer and more crash-worthy one, it was only 40kg heavier.
Mechanically, the 360 was very much an evolution of the F355. The capacity of the flat-plane-crank 90-degree V8 had increased from 3.5 to 3.6 litres (hence 360) but it retained the same basic architecture, including the five-valve heads, and variable valve timing. Peak power was up, from 375bhp to 394bhp, and torque climbed slightly, from 268 to 275lb ft, but produced much lower in the rev-range, endowing the 360 with a more muscular feel. The work to achieve this included optimising air-flow into and out of the engine; the addition of eight more throttle trumpets to provide both short and long intake paths, and some clever valving between the plenum chambers and also in the exhaust system to switch between high and low back-pressure.
It was in virtually every respect a better car than the 355 – more civilised and commodious when you weren’t tearing up the road, but still with a real Ferrari heart lurking just beneath. Perhaps it wasn’t quite as charismatic – or as downright, timelessly beautiful – as the 355, and that probably explains why in recent times the earlier car has been more highly prized by collectors. The upside is that you can buy the better car for less money, which makes the 360 conspicuously good value right now.
Bell Sport & Classic are excited to find this wonderful example of the 360 Modena, 1st registered in July 2000, to it’s first keeper, & supplied by the long established Ferrari dealer JCT600 in Leeds. Finished in the classic Rosso Corsa with Crema leather throughout, our car was also specified with full electric seats, Bordeaux piping, Bordeaux carpets, Scuderia shields, Front & Rear Challenge style grilles, Red Brake calipers, Leather Headlining. Supported by a full service history, & having covered just 33,700 miles, this car really does represent the very best of the 360 variants & offers immense value in today’s marketplace.
Part exchange welcome.
- •Air Condition
- •Sound System
- •Leather Upholstery
- •Aluminium Wheels
- •Scuderia Shields