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Nothing Can Prepare You for the Pure Joy of a Ferrari F40

There is still just one manufacturer of exotic cars that is king: Ferrari. On the internet, one Ferrari model, the F40, is said to be superior to all others. Despite relatively high production numbers and the absence of a 12-cylinder engine, the Italian automaker’s late-Eighties flagship has over the past ten years evolved into the Ferrari of choice for armchair fans on Instagram, Facebook, and every other thought-sharing network.

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The collector market is starting to pay attention. What was once a cheap six-figure vehicle has grown to be worth millions of dollars, with the F40 now ranking among the most coveted Ferraris ever. As a self-proclaimed armchair fan, I pondered one question as the market for F40s quickly grew over the past ten years: Is this car really worth all that money? Having a V-8 engine rather than god’s own V-12 meant it could never produce the same sounds as some truly exceptional exotics, and I’ve never really loved the way it looked. Furthermore, Ferrari produced 1311 F40s, which is a small number by normal standards but a large number by flagship Ferrari standards. Comparatively, the business only produced 349 F50s.

The collector market is starting to pay attention. What was once a cheap six-figure vehicle has grown to be worth millions of dollars, with the F40 now ranking among the most coveted Ferraris ever. As a self-proclaimed armchair fan, I pondered one question as the market for F40s quickly grew over the past ten years: Is this car really worth all that money? Having a V-8 engine rather than god’s own V-12 meant it could never produce the same sounds as some truly exceptional exotics, and I’ve never really loved the way it looked. Furthermore, Ferrari produced 1311 F40s, which is a small number by normal standards but a large number by flagship Ferrari standards. Comparatively, the business only produced 349 F50s.

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Even though I have to drive, I could stare for hours. It’s time to climb into the carbon-kevlar bucket seats and fasten your four-point harnesses now that the engine oil is at operating temperature. Inside, the dashboard is almost entirely devoid of buttons and inputs, maintaining the minimalist racecar aesthetic. A four-ring gauge cluster in front of you displays the speed, rpm, coolant temperature, and boost pressure. Then, on the dashboard to your right, are gauges for oil temperature, oil pressure, and fuel. There are controls for the temperature and fan speed underneath. You won’t ever require anything else. The steering wheel lacks buttons and is classic, pure, and unadorned. With a dogleg first gear, the gated shifter is as straightforward.

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Driving any expensive vehicle  is scary, but the F40 is surprisingly forgiving at low speeds. It’s loud inside, yes, but the clutch is easy to modulate for simple stop-and-go traffic, despite being one of the heaviest clutch pedals I’ve ever felt in a road car. The steering and brakes are unassisted, but you’ll never find yourself complaining because the F40 is so lightweight. Visibility out the front is impeccable, and while the car looks ultra-wide from the outside, it’s relatively small by modern car standards, so fitting within your lane is pretty easy, given you know how to angle your side mirrors correctly.

The F40 comes to life at speed. The steering is flawless; it is heavy but never oppressive. Every movement made by the wheel seems to be translated to the surface of the road, and every minuscule flaw in the pavement reaches your fingertips. The brakes also exhibit astounding control and accuracy. After using them, I question the need for power-assisted brakes in any lightweight vehicle. The long, thin shifter may appear fragile, but it takes some strength to shift into each gear. Shifts that are swift and decisive are rewarded with smooth, clean transitions and pleasing click-clack noise. The F40 does not take pleasure in moving slowly and steadily. If you show hesitation, it will repay you by bucking and lugging.

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Although the word “raw” often overused in this sector, the F40 is a good example of it. It is pure, unadulterated motor vehicle excitement. The F40 forgoes all sense of comfort in order to reach a rarely reached degree of continuous feedback and satisfaction—the likes of which I’ve never experienced in a road car. Nothing is present, including a radio, carpeting, or power. Just a shifter, pedals, and a steering wheel. Everything is designed to create an unrivalled speed experience that will make you feel viscerally happy. And it accomplishes so without making the car too difficult or frustrating to control at speeds below supersonic. Without a doubt, one of the best vehicles is the F40  I’ve ever driven, and likely ever will drive. It’s very clearly worth the millions people are willing to pay today, and it’ll be worth the many more millions people will pay in the future. A fair price for driving nirvana

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