Built as Ferrari's entry level supercar, the F355 followed the 308, 328 and 348 as a cheaper alternative to their V12 models. Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo encouraged the design, engineering and marketing teams at Ferrari to create something entirely new, exciting and completely different from the 348.The resultant F355 was a major hit: its full body undertray was highlighted as a performance benchmark upon release and orders piled in faster than Ferrari could fill them. Press reviews were favorable and generally appreciated the 25% percent increase in horsepower, as well as Pininfarina's gracious styling.The F355 was built from May 1994 and was offered either as a Berlinetta coupe or targa top GTS with a removable metal top that could be stowed in the front truck. All F355's had a flat-plane crank V8 that was mounted longitudinally in the center of the car. At the time, it was one of the most powerful normally aspirated engines, making 380bhp at 8250rpm from 3496cc.
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