The Ferrari F355 is a sports car built by Ferrari from May 1994 to 1999. It is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive V8-powered two-seat coupe, targa, or convertible. Design emphasis for the F355 was placed on significantly improved performance, as well as drivability across a wider range of speeds and in different environments (such as low-speed city traffic.)
The F355 introduced 5-valve per cylinder. This new head design allowed for better intake permeability and resulted in an engine that was considerably more powerful from the longitudinal 90° V8 engine. Engine internals are produced using lightweight materials; the connecting rods are forged in Ti6-Al-4V titanium alloy.
The frame is a steel monocoque with tubular steel rear sub-frame with front and rear suspensions using independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers with electronic control servos and anti-roll bars. Damper settings: “Comfort” and “Sport”.
The car incorporates a Nolder profile on the upper portion of the tail, and a fairing on the underbody that generates negative lift when the car is at speed. The car’s standard seats are leather upholstered fitted asymmetrically resulting in the driver being slightly closer to the car’s center line than the passenger.
At launch, two models were available: the coupe Berlinetta), and the targa topped GTS. The Spider (convertible) version was introduced in 1995. In 1997 the F1 style paddle gear shift electrohydraulic manual transmission was introduced.
The nomenclature does not follow the formula from the previous decades, i.e. engine capacity followed by number of cylinders. For the F355, Ferrari used engine capacity followed by the number of valves per cylinder (355 = 3.5 litres engine capacity & 5 valves per cylinder). 11,273 total units produced.
In 1995, Ferrari introduced the GTS model to the F355 family. The GTS model is based on the Berlinetta but offers a removable “targa-style” hard top roof, which can be stored behind the seats.
• Max power @ rpm: 380 hp (283 kW) @ 8250
• HP/litre: 109 hp/l
• Torque @ rpm: 363 N•m (268 lb•ft) @ 6000
• 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph): 4.6 s
• 0–160 km/h: 10.8 s
• Quarter Mile: 12.9 s
• 0–1000 m: 23.7 s
• Top speed: 295 km/h
• 3.5l V8; 5 values/cylinder
• Compression ratio 11:1; EFI Bosch Motronic M2.7 ECU; dry sump
• 6 speed manual
• Manufactured 1994-1999
• Curb weight 1,350kg dry