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post #1 of 18 Old 11-05-2011, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Gas mileage 2008 f430 spider

Ok....there is nothing about this car that I don't love. I just came out of a Porsche '09 turbo cabriolet and while that car was an awesome driver it really couldn't compare to this car in every aspect of the driving experience.
The only question I have is about the gas milage. I knew what it was going to be before I got involved but was curious if anybody has any suggestions on improving it a little. Not complaining, just curious if there are any tricks that would help. Much appreciated.

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-05-2011, 03:11 PM
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Less city, more freeway.
Easy on acceleration.
Can't do much more than that.

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post #4 of 18 Old 11-05-2011, 05:31 PM
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The official F430 F1 gas mileage is as follows but it all depends how hard you're pressing the right food If you take it really easy, you should have something close or better than this :

Urban : 26,9 l/100km - 8.74 US MPG
Out of town : 13.3 l/100km - 17.69 US MPG
Combined : 18.3 l/100km - 12.85 US MPG

If you press the A/C button in (marked "OFF"), you'll save maybe a bit more fuel.
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Thanks for the feedback and welcome. An amazing car - no matter how many times I have to fill up!
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-10-2011, 08:34 AM
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Stay between 2-2.5k rpm but then again, this is not why we buy a Ferrari.

To be honest I found my spider much more economical than the M6 I used to own for 5 years.
That beast drunk an awful lot of fuel.
I was getting 8 mpg on the daily run and maxing out at 12-13 mpg on motorways.
Had to fill up every 3 days.
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Artief- Here are Ferrari's recommended upshift points for best fuel economy. You can also save fuel by shifting into neutral as you approach red lights and stop signs, rather than letting the F1 system or yourself downshift through all the gears. Not only will this increase gas mileage, but it also results in less clutch wear and trhow-out bearing wear.
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Not trying to be an ass, but if you are worried about gas mileage, you are not going to enjoy this car. Keep your right foot down and keep the rpm's up. That's the only way to enjoy a Ferrari and the beautiful music it makes. Just MHO of course.
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Artief- Here are Ferrari's recommended upshift points for best fuel economy. You can also save fuel by shifting into neutral as you approach red lights and stop signs, rather than letting the F1 system or yourself downshift through all the gears. Not only will this increase gas mileage, but it also results in less clutch wear and trhow-out bearing wear.
Taz, that's quite interesting. Have you seen the difference of mileage between my post and yours? I didn't check in my user manual but took the figures directly from my WSM...which are well more "pessimistic". Looks like Ferrari is publishing well more different figures, depends where you look

But to be honest, I've never really cared of fuel mileage on my F430
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Easiest way I know is to reduce your upshift point to 4500-5000 rpm and roll in neutral into stop signs/intersections vs running the gear box back down.
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Not trying to be an ass, but if you are worried about gas mileage, you are not going to enjoy this car. Keep your right foot down and keep the rpm's up. That's the only way to enjoy a Ferrari and the beautiful music it makes. Just MHO of course.
Must admit to having similar thoughts.

That said a couple weeks back after I put 50 petrol into my BMW GS1200 adventure (a motorbike!) I thought I would see how far it would take me if I changed my riding style. Answer is I dont know because the novelty of not getting anywhere fast wore off after 2 days - but I got over 52 mpg for those 2 days!

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A couple of other ideas to reduce fuel consumption:
- install GPL conversion
- add a 7th gear
- drive the car always in Ice position

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A couple of other ideas to reduce fuel consumption:
- install GPL conversion
- add a 7th gear
- drive the car always in Ice position

LOL
And try pushing!

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I appreciate the advice on putting the car in neutral instead of downshifting. It's what I used to do with my Porsche. Just was curious if there was something else I should know.
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Artief- No, the bad news is the best you can hope for is going from absolutely horrendous to merely terrible gas mileage, unfortunately.

Could be worse. You could have a big V12 geared like a drag racer instead of a V8 geared like a drag racer.

Find gasoline with no ethanol and that will increase mileage as well. Ethanol is high octane but only has about 2/3 the energy of gasoline, volume for volume.

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I think it's a fair question entering the F1 world of driving.

Driving at low rpm's with the F1 can't be easy.

I use my AMEX for almost everything - there are cards that offer 5% rebates on gas purchases.
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post #18 of 18 Old 11-12-2011, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Terry, for your help and guidance. it's a learning experience in just driving the car where you can optimize performance and enjoy it fully. After driving porsches for 9 years (2 911 cab 's & 1 turbo cab) this is a whole new experience for me. The more I read and learn about this car the more impressed I am with it all. The gas milage question was just a curiosity. Fantastic car!!!
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