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Barchetta, Scuderia Coupe or F430 Manual

I am very torn between the Barchetta, Scuderia coupe and the F430 Spyder in a manual tranny. This will be my first Ferrari. They all have there points and all seem to be in the same pricing area right now. Barchetta has that cool and rare quality and the lack of roof is fine as I live in Colorado where we have over 330 days of sunshine a year. Scuderia is just plain bad ass! 430 Spyder gives me the top down feel and also is one of the last manuals Ferrari will ever make.

This car would be second to the McLaren Mp4-12C I am gonna get. I am grabbing her over the 458 as I am at altitude and the turbos work so much better up here. But still want a nice Ferrari as well as a second car.

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I am very torn between the Barchetta, Scuderia coupe and the F430 Spyder in a manual tranny. This will be my first Ferrari. They all have there points and all seem to be in the same pricing area right now. Barchetta has that cool and rare quality and the lack of roof is fine as I live in Colorado where we have over 330 days of sunshine a year. Scuderia is just plain bad ass! 430 Spyder gives me the top down feel and also is one of the last manuals Ferrari will ever make.

This car would be second to the McLaren Mp4-12C I am gonna get. I am grabbing her over the 458 as I am at altitude and the turbos work so much better up here. But still want a nice Ferrari as well as a second car.

Interested in peoples thoughts and why.

Cheers!
Which Barchetta? 550, SA Aperta, or F50?
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550. The others are not in the same price class as the other cars I am looking at and able to afford.
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Get all the above in a 16M.

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Get all the above in a 16M.
Nice try Doug but a V12 in front is very very different to a V8 in the back (unless you only do dragstrips).

Rangerat1 - you need to go and drive these cars, as it is impossible to say what you should go for. All are very different to drive and which one is best for you depends on how you are going to use it, and what your preferences are.

For instance, I would never buy the Barchetta as my first Ferrari as it is quite limited in its use. It is a glorious car, but I wouldn't want to do a two-week road trip in it like I tend to do in my other Ferraris. The Scuderia is absolutely wonderful and of the three probably my favourite for a first Ferrari. The manual gearbox doesn't work so well in the last incarnation of the V8's, IMHO. It is hard to keep up with the engine when you're pushing on a twisty road.

I love manuals but I am glad my 458 doesn't have one. For the 430, I'd probably feel the same. But then, if you have a more cruising driving style, then it could be the perfect choice. It is gives a wonderful tactile sense and you feel more closely connected to the machine.

So - as I said - drive them, and make up your own mind. Best of luck! All three are wonderful, you can't go wrong really.

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[EDIT] Sorry - didn't see your comment that it's going to be second to an MP4. In that case, I would probably go for the Barchetta as it is so, so very different to the McLaren. It's manual, V12, top down, more relaxed driving philosophy but still pretty darn quick. A nice counterpoint to the Mac.



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Love the comments guys. Especially the Edit by Onno! Will give it some thought and let you know before January!
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550. The others are not in the same price class as the other cars I am looking at and able to afford.
If you are looking for open top motoring and prefer your cars a bit more on the raw side, the 16M is a great option. Otherwise I would probably opt for the 550 Barchetta as a very elegant long range GT.
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