The Power of the Italian Horse: Top 10 Fastest Ferrari Models

Top 10 Fastest Ferrari Models

There are two kinds of Ferraris out there:

very fast and extremely fast

The first are of course street legal cars that you can drive around the neighborhood or on the 3-60 highway, but for the latter you’ll need to have access to a race track.

Almost everyone we know said that they like the extremely fast versions of Ferrari over the street legal ones…

…and I personally can’t quite figure out which one I like better.

I guess our friends like illegal stuff, we really don’t know…

but what we do know is that in the past 70 years this household name has given us a great variety of cars that are with one word legendary.

What has put Ferrari at the top of the automaker pyramid with other high-end makers is the unique blend of minimal weight, power, aerodynamics and excellent gearing.

They provide only the finest automotive and design engineering.

Ferrari began it’s journey way back in 1928 in the city of Maranello. Enzo Ferrari in love with racing decided to found a company that would serve as a sponsor for racing drivers.

And the Scuderia Ferrari – which in rough translation means “Team Ferrari” – was born.

At first the company was into the business of sponsoring amateur drivers in Modena, who mostly drove Alfa Romeos. Not to a surprise Alfa Romeo soon after hired Enzo Ferrari as the lead for their racing department.

Fast forward few years to 1940…

and the company Scuderia Ferrari finally produced its first racing car dubbed the Tipo 815, which was showed off for the first time at Mille Miglia. Today we have a legacy of mean machines made by Ferrari that rule both the streets and the race tracks.

You may ask what is the fastest Ferrari in the world?

Here we made a list of the 10 fastest Ferrari cars ever build, by their 0-60 time…

…and not surprisingly these are just from the past 10 years.

10. 2006 Ferrari F430


Best Top Speed: 198.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 3.5 seconds

Horsepower: 483

First off the F430 is not considered as a replacement for the beautiful 360 Modena as much as an evolution…

….carrying over much of its extruded suspension, aluminum space frame, longitudinal V8 configuration and interior layout.

The F430 also has the same twin air intakes just like the 360 Modena. Carefully tuned resonators and a feed from the enlarged shoulder scoops makes use of better airflow and with it enhanced stereophonic playback.

The V-8 engine has horsepower set at 483 with torque of 343 and a 6AM transmission gearbox.

The price of this beautiful Ferrari is set around $200,204.

Interestingly enough the code name for this Ferrari was F131. While the engineers at Ferrari actually call it “the Evo”.
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9. 2012 Ferrari FF

Ferrari FF, Fastest Ferrari

Best Top Speed: 208.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 3.5 seconds

Horsepower: 651

The FF’s engine has several things in common with the Enzo and the 599…

and most notably are the bore spacing and 65-degree -V angle.

What’s unique with the FF is that it gets a new block and heads as well as direct injection.

We can surely say that the FF’ has the most powerful Ferrari road-car V-12 engine that was ever built.

It has 651 hp with 8000 rpm and 504 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm.

The FF’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox sits at the rear of the car and is partly responsible for the 47/53-percent front-to-rear weight distribution.

The FF can go from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds.

The vehicle has a seven-speed dual automatic gearbox that sits at the rear of the car and is responsible for a 47/53-percent front-to-rear weight distribution.

What is noticeable is that the differential rear, which is electronic, has been integrated into the gearbox.
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8. 2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia

2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia

Best Top Speed: 198.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 3.3 seconds

Horsepower: 503

What we can say for the 430 Scuderia

…is that it’s a fine blend of all of the good parts that the F430 has to offer.

Beginning with the mighty engine 4.3-liter V-8, and with that comes an increased horsepower by 20 points to an impressive 503 horsepower. It also has a fast-shifting sequential-manual.

The Scuderia also comes with carbon-ceramic brakes and Ferrari also decided to cut off the Scuderia with – 220 pounds.

There is no official statement how they did it but we are sure that the carbon fiber is to blame.

This lightweight version by comparison with a stock F430 weighs in at 6.9 pounds per horsepower and if we compare this to an Enzo that has just 5.0 lb/hp.

The Scuderia is most definitively a response to the Lamborghini’s Gallardo Superleggera…

…the Gallardo also had weight stripped of so it can gain track supremacy.
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7. 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider

2012 Ferrari 458 Spider, Fastest Ferrari

Best Top Speed: 199.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 3.3 seconds

Horsepower: 570

Well the first thing that we see on the 458 Spider is that Ferrari decided to shave off its head.

But it also did a number of adjustments that drastically improves the performance:

  • First off, they altered the vehicle’s throttle mapping, as well as the suspension tuning.
  • They also in a way tuned the sound of the mighty engine so it didn’t interfere with the topless driving.

The Spider’s engine-sound is satisfying, just like a big cat in the wild, producing a sonorous wave with the 570-hp engine also used in the 458 Italia.

That power is conducted with the same seven-speed dual-gearbox automatic that’s used by the coupe they even use the same torque differential.

One more thing the 458 Spider borrows from the coupe is the F1-Trac traction-control and performance anti-lock-brake system.

Ferrari claims the Spider runs from 0 to 62 mph in less than 3.3 seconds and also hits a top speed well over 199 mph.
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6. 2003 Ferrari Enzo

2003 Ferrari Enzo, Fastest Ferrari

Best Top Speed: 218.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 3.3 seconds

Horsepower: 650

This car has everything and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that’s in this top 10 fastest Ferrari list.

It bares the name of the great Enzo Ferrari and with that comes great responsibility for the company…

…to ensure this vehicle is the best.

This is actually a 12 cylinder mid-engine berlinetta supercar that is called by the company’s founder.

The thing is that it was built in 2003 with nothing less than Formula One technology.

This includes a carbon-fibre body, a F1-style electrohydraulic shift transmission and of course, last but not least carbon fibre-reinforced silicon carbide ceramic composite disc brakes.

They didn’t stop there:

The Ferrari team also decided they can play a bit more with the Enzo and implement technologies that are actually not allowed in F1 like the active aerodynamics and traction control.

What is special about the Enzo is the F140 B V12 engine that was actually the first of a new generation for the company.

What Ferrari did here is…

… they based the design of this engine on that V8 found on the Maserati Quattroporte.

The design later replaced architectures seen in V12 and V8 engines used in other Ferraris in that time.

The 2005 F430 is the second Ferrari to get a version of this new powerplant.
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5. 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1

Best Top Speed: 205.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 3.2 seconds

Horsepower: 611

A lot of people, I believe, would have wanted to see the evolution of the well acclaimed 5,748cc/508-hp V12 found in the Ferrari 575M.

But instead of that…

…Ferrari delivered a staggering 5,999cc V12 that boost 611 horsepower that lurks hidden deep inside the aluminum space-framed 599 GTB.

Under the guidance of Ferrari powertrain director Jean-Jacque His (former Formula 1 engine guru), the “6.0-liter” 65-degree V12 from the million-dollar Enzo supercar has significantly evolved, and altered for everyday road use.

The Enzo’s engine builds up 650 horsepower at around 7800 rpm, whereas the one in the 599 GTB makes 612 hp at 7,600 rpm (with an 8,400-rpm redline).

That’s hardly tame, and we can freely say that it’s the most powerful naturally aspirated two-seat production road car in the world (the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren has a 617-hp supercharged V8).
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4. 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia, Fastest Ferrari Cars

Best Top Speed: 203.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 3.0 seconds

Horsepower: 570

The famous Enzo Ferrari himself has coined the phrase:

if you buy a Ferrari you actually buy his engine and get the rest of the car free of charge.

This statement has it’s full effect with the beautiful 458 Italia.

This fine looking Ferrari has the looks and has all it needs to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds…

…which actually translates to around 124 mph in only 10.4sec.

So you might ask how much does it cost?

Well around $230,000.

It has a Seven-speed Getrag twin-clutch auto, rear-wheel drive that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 sec and it can do this thanks to the lightweight aluminium weighing at just 1485 kg.
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3. 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, 10 Fastest Ferrari Cars

Best Top Speed: 217.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 3.0 seconds

Horsepower: 730

Ferrari is all about numbers and another one you should remember is the number 730.

Yes you got that right…

…that’s 730 horsepower.

The F12’s 6.3-liter V-12 makes this amount of horsepower at around 8250 rpm. This is exactly 39 more horses than the Lamborghini Aventador.

Despite that the Aventador has a slight advantage with the all-wheel drive which provides a better start than the F12 which has a rear-drive.

But Ferrari wouldn’t have the fastest cars if it weren’t for the superior power-to-weight ratio that gives it the advantage.

Closely related to it’s cousin the FF’s with which they share a 6.3-liter V-12 engine:

the only difference in the F12 version is that it has a unique block without an AWD-enabling output shaft at the front, and also a higher compression ratio (13.5:1), as well as different cams, and two resonators that stand off the front of the aluminum intake manifold to improve airflow.
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2. 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari 458 Speciale, Fastest Ferrari cars

Best Top Speed: 192.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 3.0 seconds

Horsepower: 597

The Speciale lives up to it’s name and with you can crank up a 4.5-liter V8 that boosts around 597 horsepower at a peak of 9000-rpm.

The standard edition has around 562 horsepower but still the both models give the same amount of torque 398 lb-ft to be exact.

This increased power is possible through a sky-high compression ratio that measures 14.0:1.

Accompanied with new pistons, combustion chambers, reshaped intake ports, shorter intake runners, and higher lift on the exhaust and intake valves.

This along with a new carbon-fiber manifold and air box makes most of the excellence that is the 458 Speciale.

In a race from 0-60 mph between 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale vs. 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, the Speciale wins by just hundredths of a second!
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1. 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

LaFerrari, Fastest Ferrari Cars

Best Top Speed: 217.0 mph

Best 0-60 Time: 2.6 seconds

Horsepower: 950

When it comes to top speed…

…the company outdone themselves last year with the new LaFerrari model.

With it’s V12 engine and whopping 950 horsepower accompanied with a 664 this model goes from 0-60 seconds for just 2.6 seconds.

This beauty costs around $1,400,000 and it’s Best ¼ Mile goes 9.7 seconds at a speed of 140.0 mph.

It’s a fact that the 3489-pound LaFerrari has a superior power-to-weight ratio which also allows it to pull away from the 3724-pound 918.

The Ferrari’s combined 950 horsepower yields a 3.7-pound-per-horsepower ratio which is pitch perfect when it comes to the 918’s horses and it perfectly moves 4.2 pounds.
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