The Ferrari F40: Automotive Perfection


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For decades, Ferrari has stood as the pinnacle of automotive engineering and craftsmanship - combining performance, style and innovation to produce some of the most iconic models to grace the pavement. Perhaps one of the most prolific Ferrari models ever produced is the legendary Ferrari F40. A relic of a bygone era and a testament to driver-focused vehicle design, the Ferrari F40 continues to inspire budding automotive enthusiasts and capture the attention of any onlookers lucky enough to encounter one on the street.

Revolutionary Performance

Built using technology developed for the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione and the Group B rally segment, the Ferrari F40 was designed and built as Enzo Ferrari's final foray into street-legal performance perfection to celebrate Ferrari's upcoming 40-year anniversary. Originally powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 exerting 278 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque - pushing the Ferrari F40 from 0 to 60 miles per hour in four seconds, and allowing it to his an industry-first 200 miles per hour for its top speed (according to Ferrari). A special run of Le Mans (LM) version of the F40 was produced, pumped up to over 700 horsepower and reaching nearly 230 miles per hour - cementing the F40's legacy as a performance icon.

Iconic Design

Sculpted for maximal aerodynamics and featuring all composite body panels - an industry first - the F40 was a driver-focused street supercar unparalleled in the automotive industry at the time. With a curb weight of 3,000 pounds (and 2,300 pounds for the F40 LM version), the Ferrari F40's ultra-lightweight body allowed for exceedingly agile handling and thrilling acceleration. While the interior lacked plush amenities, its impressive performance was more than enough to inspire drivers lucky enough to get behind the wheel of possibly the most iconic Ferrari model.

A Lasting Legacy: The Ferrari F40

While the Ferrari F40 remains an elusive and rare model, drivers still receive models crafted in accordance with the legacy left behind by Enzo. While the 812 SuperFast and 488 GTB don't offer the same boxy styling car enthusiasts love, their performance and innovation are directly in line with the driver-focused ethos set in stone by the F40. Stop by Ferrari of San Francisco to browse our selection of new Ferrari models today!