Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Orchard Park, New York
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,872
1995 gated Berlinetta vs 1998 F1 GTS
So, I've owned my 98 F1 GTS for nearly 3 years (3 driving seasons). I've driven approx 5000 miles total. So, plenty of seat time.
The F1 is beyond awesome. I think some that say they don't like it perhaps do not drive the car correctly. What I have learned is the car should always be in sport mode and I shift at 5000 PRM minimum - the higher the better. My car shifts super fast and super smooth. It's simply fantastic.
Now, I recently pickup a very early 95 gated Berlinetta. Admittedly, I have far less seat time in that car. Only a couple hundred miles but I do think enough to provide an opinion (stress opinion).
The gated experience is outstanding. And, the 95 does bring a more raw feeling to the experience. I've driving lots of sticks in my life. My first car was a stick and I owned a 95 vette too. The gate is cool and everything it's made out to be with the metal clanking, etc.
However, many state "when cold, the gearbox has a hard time with second gear". This car has zero issue with any gears - none, nadda, zip. So, I'd supect those that say that have a poorly adjusted shift linkage or the wrong gearbox fluid.
In summary, I really enjoy the experience of both cars. While they are the same model car, the feeling is very different when driving each with a the different gearbox.
Still, if I had to choose one, it would be the F1. But, not by much. I'd say 55/45.
When my project 95 is complete, I think it will be a keeper right next to my 98 F1.