differences of a 360 vs 430

Discussion in '360/430' started by bocaspyder360, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. bocaspyder360

    bocaspyder360 Karting

    Jan 18, 2008
    Iam thinking of whats better for me a 360 or 430.. I luv the interior much better on the 430, but I still like the softer lines of a 360 exterior... besides looks.. whats the major difference betwen the two? I know the 430 is faster.. but what about the rest.. ride.. handling.. comfort... I dont NEED a race car.. I go more for looks...again I think both are beautiful cars...and I know usually the newer designs are better.. BUT if speed is not an issue.. how do both compare against each other? thanks in advance
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  3. Highlow

    Highlow F1 Veteran

    Dec 3, 2006
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    If you are serious about buying a car, go to the dealership and try to get a test drive. Or you can go to Fcar meets and talk to the owners themselves, many 430 owners once had a 360 as well.
  4. Conrack

    Conrack Rookie

    Jul 17, 2007
    Give the search function a try - I know there have been a few threads recently that were on this topic ....
  5. RBK

    RBK F1 Rookie

    Jul 27, 2006
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    After owniing a 360 and now a 430, I would say the following. The "looks" of a 360 is equal to or better than a 430. If you don't care about F-1 gear change ratio's, horsepower, or suspension, you can buy a 360 coupe in great condition for a little over $100,000 and as long as service has been done, you have just saved $100,000 relative to the price of a 430 for maintenance. You will enjoy both cars. Best
  6. fc2

    fc2 F1 Veteran

    Nov 2, 2006
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    Frank C.

    I've also owned both (still have the 430). While I miss the lines on my 360, the 430's performance in acceleration and shifting more than makes up for that. If the difference between 400 and 490 horsepower or shifts that happen around twice as fast (on the 430, of course) aren't important, you can trick out a beautiful 360 with a killer exhaust, HRE wheels, update the interior with carbon fiber (steering wheel, paddles etc) and a host of other things and still save a huge amount of money over a stock 430.

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  8. 360trev

    360trev F1 Rookie
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    Oct 29, 2005
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    Tuners in the UK have fitted the TCU (Transmission Control Unit) from the Challenge Stradale into a regular 360. Since then people have also worked out you can flash the TCU from a 360 and do the same so if your wanting faster shifts you can do it with just replacement s/w.

    I think the F430 interior is much improved but the exterior was asthetically challenged in comparison to the CS. The 430S improved on the 430 a lot but I still prefer the stradale. Why not just consider a Stradale? They won't loose money and you'll be safe in the knowledge you've got one of the lowest depreciating models and having a blast driving it!
  9. 05F430F1

    05F430F1 Formula Junior

    Oct 22, 2005
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    1. engine size and ~100 more HP
    2. F1 tranny leaps and bounds above the 360
    3. Styling of the 430 is SO MUCH NICER than the 360 (I know I am a minority there) I think the 360 looks so cheap in the nose and rear, very bland and plastic-looking to me
    4. Interior, again cheap and plastic on 360 and fantastic artwork on 430
    5. Stock exhaust so much better on 430
    6. handling is MUCH better than 360 in 430
    7. Timing Chain in 430 instead of belt in 360 = less maintenance cost for replacement
    8. 430 costs more but it ALWAYS will so there is no difference.
  10. q8fly

    q8fly Karting

    Jun 29, 2007
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  11. q8fly

    q8fly Karting

    Jun 29, 2007
    by the way thats me looking at my new f430 in kuwaiti but i bought my car from the dealership in qatar because i didnt want to wait 8 monthes for an order for a ferrari
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  13. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow F1 Rookie

    Sep 25, 2006
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    $100,000 More, not nearly as attractive as the 360, but a much more refined car and nicer interior. Did I say 100k mas?

    My logic, buy a 360 and 997S or a 430. Uh, I'll be buying a Porsche to keep my 360 company. No offense to the 430 guys as it's a taste thing.

  14. bocaspyder360

    bocaspyder360 Karting

    Jan 18, 2008
    I agree the interior of the 430 is much nicer then the 360's but I still like the exterior better of the 360 the 430 just looks to hard lined.. the 360 flows better.. and again I dont want to put too much into 1 car that I wont be using all that much... I will have to drive both and see if the $ difference for the 430 is worth to ME. I have a 05 Gallardo that I am selling because I never get to drive it and when I do it gets way to much attention and kids trying to race me...
  15. sp330

    sp330 Rookie

    Dec 29, 2007
    Even if cost were no object, I'd get a 360.

    I think they're better looking.
    And let's not kid ourselves here, most of these cars are going to be on the street, the 360 is more than enough car for such a role
    The extra cost of an F430 just isn't justified in my opinion.
  16. slm

    slm F1 Rookie
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    Dec 5, 2004
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    Steve M
    Buy a Stradale and have the best of all worlds.
  17. THE BEAST 360

    THE BEAST 360 Formula Junior

    Jul 17, 2005
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    Nathan K
    360, unless you can get your hands on a Scuderia.
  18. bocaspyder360

    bocaspyder360 Karting

    Jan 18, 2008
    I will only buy a spider next F1 also, guess getting lazy.. and here in Florida.. its nice to have a drop top
  19. q8fly

    q8fly Karting

    Jun 29, 2007
    true it comes down to personal taste, hope the best for you
  20. THE BEAST 360

    THE BEAST 360 Formula Junior

    Jul 17, 2005
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    Nathan K
    The 360 looks better IMO... whatever you get have fun!

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