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post #1 of 30 Old 06-06-2004, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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my observation on the 308 GTS

This weekend I was able to drive this fine machine from San Francisco to Infineon then around the hills of Napa/Sonoma and back twice. Awesome is the first thing that comes to mind.

The sound is something we all hear about but hearing it from the inside of the car is quite different. The engine and exhaust hum right behind you and it is SWEET. In 5th gear if you give it some gas the deep howl becomes a deep roar in your left ear.

Other things I noticed. Shifting to 2nd and 4th give you the nice sound on the gated shifter known only to Ferrari. To date I have driven a number of sports cars but Ferrari does have something special. It can't be put into words.

Maybe it is the curves, while driving the 308 you always notice the finder flare on the front left wheel and it brings a smile to you. The car is small and nimble. At 70mph you can get to 90mph effortlessly.

The handling is awesome. In downtown San Francisco when you take a 90 degree right turn it is exciting to give it some gas 1/2 way through as you exit.

In short: This is one badass car.
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I knew you'd enjoy yourself. Good on you, Andrew.
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Re: my observation on the 308 GTS

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Other things I noticed. Shifting to 2nd and 4th give you the nice sound on the gated shifter known only to Ferrari. To date I have driven a number of sports cars but Ferrari does have something special. It can't be put into words.
I never really thought about that one but now that you bring it up, I do like the gated shifter. It makes it feel more like you are engaging gears on a piece of machinery rather then just moving a selector. And you do get a distinct sound when you go into second and fourth. Instead of just controlling the transmission, the overall feel is that you have brought some of the transmission into the passenger compartment and you have a solid connection to it.
It is cool.

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please tell me that somebody took a pic of that BIG grin on your face :wink: :green:
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Re: my observation on the 308 GTS

Enzo250GTO,

Now imagine a Euro version with no cat pipes, higher piston compression, better headers, Hill Engineering Slick Shift gate, custom free flowing exhaust, about 300 lbs less weight overall... and oh, lowered a few inches and better suspension/brakes

My apologies for being a VERY happy caretaker of a 1985 308GTS QV with race seats.
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OH I can imagine it very well. There was another owner there with your year QV and he had a Tubi on it. The sound difference in the two 308s was instantly noticeable. I had already parked and when he pulled up it was awesome.
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driving a 308

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I'm happy you like the ride in the 308gts and I'm agree what your feelings
are about the car, i'm sure Pete will be in heaven now. so am I.
by the way, 90 miles/h ? was your handbrake still on. :lol: 308Rob
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Enzo 250.
I'm happy you like the ride in the 308gts and I'm agree what your feelings
are about the car, i'm sure Pete will be in heaven now. so am I.
by the way, 90 miles/h ? was your handbrake still on. :lol: 308Rob
No hand-brake, the car isn't mine so I have to respect it. I would of course respect my own 308 but I would be more willing to push it above 100mph. Today I got to try the Lotus Esprite S4, and it was awesome. Very different from a 308 GTSi QV but you can't compare a 1982 to a 1994. However, it would make you happy to know after driving both I'd probably take the 308. Overall it was more fun.
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Today I got to try the Lotus Esprite S4, and it was awesome.
Hey! What the hell club is this you hooked up with? I want to join!!

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Today I got to try the Lotus Esprite S4, and it was awesome.
Hey! What the hell club is this you hooked up with? I want to join!!
hmm, i think i have to come over even sooner :wink:
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Pete,

A friend of mine has started this business so I was lucky because he needed help getting the cars to and from Infineon Raceway and a winery where they were having an event. Here is the club: www.clubsportiva.com

The Aston Martin is awesome but they didn't use that one

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You should plan a few days in SF and we can visit their club.
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drive 308gts

Enzo 250 GTO.
I'm happy that your best choiced as a winner is the 308gts, but maybe I'm
a little bit jealous because your able to driven those fine cars.So please enjoy more test drives and let us all know how it feels.308ROB :lol:
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Hmm, Andrew, very cool! Sounds like ain interesting buisness venture.

Driving the 308 sounds like it was great from your description. Must have been a great drive too from SF to Infineon.
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He has a collection of beautiful cars!
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Driving the 308 sounds like it was great from your description. Must have been a great drive too from SF to Infineon.
It was awesome. I also drove from Infineon to a winery but I forgot the name of the winery. It was a great weekend to say the least.
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.... but I forgot the name of the winery
Yeah, wineries can have that effect!
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.... but I forgot the name of the winery
Yeah, wineries can have that effect!
LOL, no way and I going to mix wine with the keys to a Ferrari or any car for that matter. I think the 10 hours of sun made me not care as I just wanted to get back in the car and come home.
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I don't have pics. I don't care about pics I care about driving it! There was one person that took a photo from the car in front of me. I'll see if I can't get him to email that picture to me.
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