Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ellicott City, Maryland
Ferrari Life Posts: 483
360 vs 355 spider
I happen to have both (I have the spider and my wife has the 360). The driving experience is different. The weight is the same, horsepower similar, but the feel is quite different when driving. The 360 is noticably wider, making it a bit trickier to stay in the lane on narrow twisty roads. The 355 feels smaller and the handling is a more precise.
The biggest difference , of course, is do you want a convertible or hardtop? If you like the loudness of the Capristos and the wind in your hair, there really is no choice. If you want a more modern, more conventional (more Porsche-like) daily driver, the 360 may be better.
Of course, our 360 is an F1. That might be a PITA if lots of stop and go. And speaking of maintenance costs, those F1's eat clutches compared to a regular 6 speed. The 360's are not immune to header and cat problems just like the 355's. The engine out major costs more in a 355 of course.
All things considered, both are great, but definitely get a well-sorted one either way.
current Ferraris: 1995 F355 Spider, 2000 360F1 Modena
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