1995 – 1999 Ferrari F355 GTS (02)

Ferrari 355 drive images

1995 – 1999 Ferrari F355 GTS (02)
Ferrari 355 drive
Image by Georg Sander
The Ferrari F355 is a sports car built by Ferrari from May 1994 to 1999. It is an evolution of the Ferrari 348 and was replaced by the Ferrari 360. It is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive V8-powered 2-seat coupe. One major difference between the V8 in the 348 and that in the F355, apart from the displacement increase from 3.4 to 3.5 L, is that the F355 features a 5-valve per-cylinder head that is considerably more powerful, producing 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp). The longitudinal 90° V8 engine was bored 2mm over the 348’s engine (85 mm rather than 83 mm) to achieve the modest increase in displacement to of 3495.50 cc. The engine’s compression ratio was 11:1 and it employed the Bosch Motronic M2.7 engine control unit in the 1995 model year, and switched to the M5.2 in 1996 through end of production, using electronic fuel injection and an ignition control system with a single spark plug per cylinder and a dry-sump oil lubrication system.

In 1995, Ferrari introduced the GTS model to the F355 family. The GTS model is based on the Berlinetta but offers a removable "targa-style" hard top roof, which can be stored behind the seats. Other specifications were identical to the Berlinetta. A total of 2,577 GTS models were produced, with 2,048 delivered with the 6-speed transmission and another 529 with the F1 transmission.


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Der Ferrari F355 wurde auf dem Genfer Auto-Salon im März 1994 zum ersten Mal der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert. Er war der Nachfolger des Ferrari 348 und wurde bis 1999 zum Erscheinen des Ferrari 360 Modena gebaut. Er stellte hinsichtlich Fahrverhalten, Fahrleistungen und Verarbeitungsqualität einen großen Fortschritt im Vergleich zum 348 GTB/GTS dar. Der Unterschied zum Nachfolger Ferrari 360 Modena hingegen ist in technischer Hinsicht gering; daher ähneln sich beispielsweise auch die Fahrleistungen der beiden Generationen.

Klaus Westrup, Chefredakteur des Automagazins „auto motor und sport“, lobte den F355 für die sehr hohen Fahrleistungen mit der direkten Leistungsabgabe des Motors, die Handlichkeit des Sportwagens und die sehr gute Sitzposition.


More Ferrari 355 F1 in Action
Ferrari 355 drive
Image by fiskfisk
Yet another in action shot of the Ferrari while driving out to a few locations.

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