Car News:  Oversteer

Here's Everything I Love About My Cheap Ferrari F355

RELATED READING
See all Ferrari any articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Tyler Hoover March 2018

A week has passed since my broken Ferrari F355 was miraculously brought back to life after a simple hose replacement. I've managed to drive it nearly every day since, and it's immediately obvious this is the best car I've ever owned. This impractical Ferrari has been utilized for the morning school run, daily errands and even the emergency evening milk run -- which took an hour to complete because I couldn't stop driving it. Every time I'm behind the wheel, I find something new that I love about this thing -- but here's what I've found so far.

What has me totally addicted to driving this car is the exhaust note, which has been further enhanced with new headers, high-flow catalytic converters and a Capristo exhaust. This $7,000 setup mated to the Ferrari V8 creates the most-beautiful noises I've ever heard. Many people knock the convertible F355 for its looks -- but with the top down, your ears have a unobstructed front-row seat to the Stairway to Heaven of exhaust notes, and I'll never get tired of it.

The styling of the F355, even in convertible form, is stunning. While my car shares the hard-edged silhouette of the earlier 348 and Testarossa, unlike its predecessors that scream "1980s," the F355 doesn't look dated. Typical with the '90s and early 2000s era, my Ferrari was customized with aftermarket wheels and a boomin' aftermarket stereo setup -- but I actually like the changes. I wouldn't mind switching to some "Challenge"-style wheels to make my car similar to the "more than you can afford, pal" F355 in the original "Fast and Furious" movie -- but I'm not willing to pay $6,000 (the going rate for a set of Challenge wheels) to make that happen. Even without the wheels, I've probably said that famous line at least 100 times now.

Setting aside perfect exhaust and styling, the driving experience itself is transcendent. The 355 has the same visceral, classic feel of a 348, without feeling slow and primitive. Power-wise, the F355 isn't too far behind the 360 that replaced it -- which, in my opinion, is far less attractive and engaging to drive. To me, the F355 with the famous metal-gated shifter is the last Ferrari that doesn't feel like you're driving in a video game -- though admittedly, the opportunity to drive a LaFerrari or an Enzo may change my mind.

I'm going to continue driving my Ferrari as much as possible, for as long as possible, before it inevitably breaks. The ancient Greeks used to speak of Sirens, a beautiful mermaidlike creature with an irresistible singing voice that would lead men to sail their ships into the rocks -- where these men would lose everything they had, and eventually meet their doom. Perhaps a time traveler told the ancient Greeks about the Ferrari F355 -- and that's how they interpreted his tale.

Tyler Hoover went broke after 10 years in the car business and now sells hamburgers to support his fleet of needy cars. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.

MORE FROM OVERSTEER:
There's a Range Rover Coupe, and I Don't Think It's a Bad Idea
The Manual Land Rover Discovery: Yes, They Exist
Am I the Only One Who Thinks the Tesla Model 3 Is Ugly?

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Here's Everything I Love About My Cheap Ferrari F355 - Autotrader