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Does anyone know if there is a signficant loss of performance to Euro cars that are converted to US specs? Let's assume that I've got a really solid "converter" doing the work (subject for future post). Are you assured a loss of performance? :roll:

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what car?

What car are you talking about first of all? This would be much more helpful. If your converting say an M3 from Europe to the U.S. version (and I can't understand why you would unless its to meet EPA laws) then you would of course lose performance. When you say 'solid converter' do you mean a mechanic?
 

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Good questions. Let me try again.

Considering a 360 Modena or a 360 spider, between 99' and 01'. I know of a couple of reputable importers and one exporter. All claim to have relationships with mechanics/companies that can perform the conversion on the Euro car so it will meet US specs and can be imported. One made it very clear that it is important to find a mechanic who as experience and an excellent reputation in making the conversion.

So my question is, if the conversion is done by a specialist with an excellent reputation, should I expect a decrease in performance? In other words, is there something about the conversion itself that somehow hinders performance, or are they just making the car in the same way the factory would?

Thanks for your help.
 

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Most euro--->us cars must be slightly detuned because of cats and other smog equipment. (Especially if you're in CA) To make up for this, certain companies (Dinan, Evosport, etc.) have altered components of the car (usually software, sometimes hardware such as Tubi) to compensate for this. I would assume that if the shop you are going to is highly reputable, the loss due to emissions equipment could be made up for in other areas.

-DanB

P.S. Some shops are able to do 2 year specials; i.e. convert for smog and then revert. Other shops will look the other way for $300.00 provided you obtain a VIN. I am not condoning or recommending this!
 

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euro->us 360's

If you look through the Ferrari Market Letter, there are ton's of 360's for sale. Some US, some Canadian, some European. All have varying ranges of prices. US models will be the highest, Euro the lowest. With so much to choose from, I wouldn't bother having one converted myself.

Keep in mind that FerrariNA will not honor any warrantee for Euro production cars (I believe). Also, resale value will be a lot lower, if you care.

-steve (2000 360 Modena US model)
 

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Dozens of 360s for sale.

Those 360s are for sale more than likely because due to hard times people cannot afford to keep them. Look for the fire insurance claims next.
 
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