Another member of the family under Maranello’s prancing horse is the Ferrari 360. Introduced in 1999 and produced until 2005, the 360 line diversified into several variations, all powered by the same mid-mounted 3.6 liter V8 and six-speed transmission available in manual and automatic F-1 style options. The first 360 for sale from Ferrari was the Modena coupe, named after the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari. Utilizing space-frame technology aluminum construction, the chassis of the 360 is 28% more rigid than the steel structure its predecessor, and is 10% lighter. In combination with the 3.6 liter powerplant, the hardtop 360, which produces 400 hp, sprinting from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds.
Originally designed with a convertible version in mind, Ferrari increased the structural rigidity and support of the lower chassis to compensate for additional torsional strain induced by the removal of the roof in the spider version. As a result of this additional support, the 360 Spider represents the slightly heavier and slower of the two Ferrari siblings. At one tenth of a second behind the Modena, the spider hustles to 62 mph at a rate of 4.4 seconds.
Over the course of its six-year production run, the combined production of the soft and hard top 360s amounted to 16,366 units. As a low production modified sample, Ferrari produced a Challenge Stradale as a track day and daily driving machine. Up to 243 lbs lighter and armed with 20 more horses, the Stradale shaved its 0-62 mph time to four seconds even, and topped out at 190 mph. While the raw numbers of this hollowed out and somewhat faster machine seem somewhat unimpressive compared to the stock 360, the real difference emerges on the track where the Stradale has outperformed the Modena by more than three seconds in lap times. After understanding this strength of the Challenge Stradale, it makes sense that buyers snapped up this special edition Ferrari as soon as it came up for sale.