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The Five Fastest Ferraris


The Fastest Ferrari of the 1980s
The Ferrari F40, unveiled in 1987, celebrated Ferrari's 40 years as a carmaker.

Ferrari F40

Engine: 478-horsepower twin-turbo V-8

Top Speed: 196 mph

The name Ferrari F40 commemorated Ferrari's 40th year as an automaker and was the last Ferrari built while Enzo Ferrari was alive. This was no grand touring machine, but a sports car shorn of amenities and packed with power. The chassis used carbon fiber and Kevlar, and the lightweight plastic body was shaped to provide aerodynamic downforce at the car's 196-mph top speed. Pull cords opened the doors, and there was no carpeting.

Lifting the louvered tail section revealed a 2.9-liter twincam V-8 with dual turbos and 478 horsepower, enough to shoot the 3,018-pound car from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. A five-speed manual was the transmission. The Ferrari F40 cost $470,00 and each of the 1,000 built was a collector piece. It was unveiled in July 1987. Enzo Ferrari died on August 14, 1988.

The Ferrari F40 was the last Ferrari released while Enzo Ferrari was alive.

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