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360 handling vs. 550

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by vanimal, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. vanimal

    vanimal Formula Junior

    Mar 19, 2003
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    I read a lot about the nervous handling of a 360 on the limit and in high speed corners on this board, now I am looking at moving from a 348 challenge to either a 360 or a 550 - not for track use but occasional maybe. So how would the handling characterstics compare between these cars as I know the nurburgring times are pretty similar and its not exactly the place where the 550's extra bhp is going to make all that much difference.

    Any feelings on this?
     
  2. t88power

    t88power Formula 3

    Feb 19, 2001
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    Drive them both, and choose the one you like best. Only YOU will know what you like.

    Ernesto
     
  3. Doody

    Doody F1 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2001
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    only you can decide.

    VERY different animals, vanimal ;)

    doody.
     
  4. WCH

    WCH F1 Veteran
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    Mar 16, 2003
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    You really, really need to drive both, back to back if at all possible, if you haven't already. I have owned both - the difference in all respects truly surprised me.

    As a track junkie, I also question your use of "occasional." I'd rather have a 360 for track use, as it feels so much lighter to me than a Maranello. I also much prefer the seating position and many other attributes of the 360 for the track.

    That said, I'd sign up for a 575 Stradale in an instant.

    Nice problem to have, eh?
     
  5. shelbee

    shelbee Guest

    Owning both cars,

    I think 360 is more responsive in curves and turns. Faster acceleration since it is a lighter car.

    Higher speed definitely V12 gives much better performance wet and dry track.

    Love them both
     
  6. ze_shark

    ze_shark Formula 3

    Jul 13, 2003
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    First of all, all my predecessors are right. Make you your own opinion if you have the chance to get a decent, relevant and comparable test drive.

    My opinion (355 owners, 550 buyer, drove 360 & 575 back to back on a track for two days) is that ... it is just not comparable.
    The Maranello is a car, mid-engined V8s are go-karts. No inertia at turn in or in chicanes, much less body roll, much more agility. A different league, period.
    Yes, the mid-engine V8s will forgive less if you make mistakes (such as hitting the brakes while changing direction), but this the price to pay for an agility which is truly stunning and highly satisfying. These things just don't know the meaning of body roll. I truly love Maranellos ... because I have a 355 too :)

    Never drove a 348 but all I read said unanimously that they are nasty & snappy at the limit.
     
  7. squidracing

    squidracing Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2001
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    ze_shark....

    I've owned a couple of, and have spanked the living tar out of the 348 Challenge Car, and I'm of the exact opposite opinion. I found them to be extremely predictable and very easy to handle at their limit. I'm not Schumi, but I would guess that in the hands of someone who doesn't have much track time, it may be a handful.
     
  8. ze_shark

    ze_shark Formula 3

    Jul 13, 2003
    1,270
    Switzerland (NW)
    Just stumbled on another similar opinion.
    CAR Magazine (UK), Dec 2003 issue, p79.
    "Angus McKenzie, 20 years of road testing ... His biggest disappointment ? His first Ferrari, a 348. 'It was an evil-tempered ***** of a thing'"

    Judging from the quote, the car is a handful, even for the most experienced.
     
  9. ewright

    ewright Formula Junior

    Nov 17, 2003
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    i've heard the exact same, as i recall even from sources within ferrari. the quote i read went something like: no matter what you did (throttle, brake, or neither), once the rear end started coming around, nothing was going to stop it...

    ernie
     
  10. mw575

    mw575 F1 Rookie

    May 30, 2001
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    had a 360
    have a 575
    Lots of track time?=360
    Mid range or long distance touring?=575
    They are completely diff machines.
    360=tossable- lighter-great fun-sexy
    575 )or 550)= rock solid, more comfortable-classic looks-amazing torque.
    Can't go wrong with either one.
    Drive them both and decide.
     
  11. TestShoot

    TestShoot F1 World Champ

    Sep 1, 2003
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    Vanimal, is it a little voice in your head talking about mid engine and balance that makes you nervous? Loads of people that have never driven mid engine are given the stigma of a fishtailing fiero that has no traction in the rain... blah blah blah. Don't go into it feeling weird because of where the motor is, my g/f gets all freaky in mid engine cars, and gets hypersensative. Chill out and drive one.

    The balance in the 360 is delightfully sublime, very responsive, loving the curves. As a 550 owner, I love the feel of the car, I feel alot more comfortable over distances, and the cabin noise is less.

    If your zig meets your zag the 360 is worth a test. If your future is flat and freeway, the 550, but to ditto the responses, drive them both see what you think. The 360 may awaken your inner beast.

    If a convertable suits you, go 550 Barchetta, I will not even say that 'other' models name. :) lol
     

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