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post #1 of 25 Old 08-22-2014, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Manliest Ferrari

I have had it said to me that the F430 (or versions of it) was the last manly Ferrari - meaning that the California was designed so that women can drive it and that the Italia is domesticated.
I do not know! I have only driven a 360 and 430 and neither was a scud nor a 16m or what not. Nor have I driven any of the V12s or old but greats.
And nothing against woman drivers. I know plenty of good women drivers.

But what is the manliest Ferrari?
This should be interesting!
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The one whose owner possesses the largest balls.
As for women drivers - If I ever get to hire a chauffeur, it would be a woman. I just have a weakness for good-looking women drivers...
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I do not agree that the F430 is a more manly Ferrari than the 458. It just needs more balls to get to the heart of the car, as the limits are so high it takes a lot to get there. The Scud is much rawer than either, also more raw than the Speciale.

But of the cars I have owned, and the cars I have driven, I would say the one that needed the sternest master and was the best left calf muscle trainer would have been the 365BB. Nothing feminine about driving that car.

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Pretty simple..The Ferrari 288 GTO just says don't F***K with me.
Old school you would have to say the original red head..Testarossa baby
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My family said the Daytona or BB LM


In Germany it is strange to hear about a female car! Only some Cars are used to be speaken of with a female name (Gulietta, DS, 2CV, Ellena).

But normally a car in Germany is masculine!

If the question is meant like: this car is meant to be driven by a man, than NONE! A good car driven by a Woman looks so much better than driven by a man!
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Any of the sports racers of the 50s with dog clutch transmissions and way more hp than brakes or chassis. None of this mamby-pamby modern stuff.

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Any of the sports racers of the 50s with dog clutch transmissions....
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I have little hands on experience on the whole Ferrari production, so I shall divide my view into a bystander's part and a hands on part.

From a bystander's view and understanding, the F40 LM seems enormously manly. The old Barchettas raced in cold rain? Any early GP Ferrari would likely represent the pinnacle? - they were definitely driven by men with coglioni grandi.

The excellent 360, 430, 458 and the wonderful earlier V8-likes are intuitive, refined and fairly easy to drive, even at the limit. I wouldn't let them represent particular manly properties amongst the Ferrari line of cars. The 360 and the 348 can be a handful when carrying too much speed into a corner, but they both enjoy modern air conditioning, comfortable seats, wonderfully smooth Connolly hide interiors and can be driven comfortably in city traffic. However, Ferraris without traction control and ABS, are slightly manlier than modern Ferraris.

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Ferraris without traction control and ABS, are slightly manlier than modern Ferraris.


Capo, slightly manlier than modern Ferraris?

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Modern Testarossa

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Type 375, 4.5 liter v-12.

over-powered
under-braked
very little grip
dog clutch
what could go wrong?

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and,...Mr. Gonzalez looks a bit overweight ?

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Joke quote from Gonzales looking at an 80s Grand Prix car "When I was driving the drivers were fat and the tires were skinny." Old R&T, I believe.

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Capo, slightly manlier than modern Ferraris?

Hello!
Sorry, Seth, "slightly" was meant as a comparison within the V8 Ferrari group and, taking into consideration, the company of the much manlier Ferraris mentioned in my first section.

By the way, I find the modern Ferraris so well balanced and communicative, that I normally always disconnect the nanny. Exceptions are when my tyres are getting worn and it's raining. Race mode actually provides a nice, liberal safety net. I suppose a nanny system from a modern Ferrari, in race mode would be great on an F40 in the rain.

I wonder how an F40 would behave in the wet and in the dry, with the latest technology tyres on modern diameter wheels? Does anybody know? Even race car drivers who raced the actual F40, spun it out in the rain. What a beast!

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Agree with you, Capo. I find the latest batch wonderful to drive and it is great that you can decide on how much of a safety net you want. On the limit, they are still a challenge, in some respects even more so as the speeds are so much higher. The large number of write-offs these days (particularly 458's) I think is telling.

The F40 is of course something else entirely. My good man Alex powerslides them expertly in the dry, but even he says: "if the road is damp (doesn't even have to rain, could be damp on an autumn morning), be very aware! I had wheel spin at 170 km/h coming off the onramp once and had her broadside, but I was just lucky it wasn't a total write-off". Even after all these years, he still is excited after every drive.

When I test drove Pablo's F40 (before he bought it), I drove with Alex on a damp, cold road, and I was very nervous. I had it slithering down the road one time as he encouraged me to use a bit more power. Exhilirating but a kind of Pilates for your sphincter. What a car.


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