Why is there such a price gap between two Ferrari 360 Modenas? What options are essential if you want to resell your Ferrari 360 Modena more easily? What improvements have been made to the Ferrari 360 Modena over the years? What elements were really delivered as standard or optional, or even as a free option? Which items on this example of Ferrari 360 Modena are not factory options? If you own or are interested in purchasing a Ferrari 360 Modena, knowing this information is essential to fully understanding the Ferrari 360 Modena in front of you.
Ferrari 360 Modena version history
When were the different Ferrari 360 models released? How many copies? Are there any special series you should know about?
1999: Launch of the Ferrari 360 Modena coupe with an all-aluminum design and a 3.6-liter 400 hp V8, derived from that of the Ferrari F355. The transmissions offered were the six-speed manual gearbox and the six-speed “F1” robotic gearbox. Around 8,800 Coupé versions were produced, including 2,630 with manual gearboxes. Price of the Ferrari 360 Modena BV6 in 2004: 133,400 euros, price in F1 box: 141,700 euros.
2000: Release of the Ferrari 360 Spider, mechanically identical to the 360 Modena, with an electrically folding soft top and chassis reinforcements adding 59 kg to the total weight. Around 7,565 Ferrari 360 Spiders were produced, including 2,119 with manual transmissions. Price of the Ferrari 360 Spider in 2004 in BV6: 152,000 euros, price in F1 box: 160,300 euros.
The Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge was introduced the same year for one-make racing series
2002: Introduced the Ferrari 360 GT, a non-road legal racing car, made available to customers intending to use them for track events.
2003: Launch of the Ferrari Challenge Stradale of which 1,288 examples were produced. The many changes made include carbon-ceramic brakes, taken from the Ferrari Enzo, a big reduction in weight, of the order of 110 kg, thanks to lexan windows, the use of many carbon elements and titanium, and a stripped interior. The base price was 171,200 euros. The list of options was specific.
2004: The Ferrari 360 GTC replaces the Ferrari 360 GT and remains a track-only derivative.
2005: The last Ferrari 360 rolls off the production line and is replaced by the Ferrari F430.
Improvements to the Ferrari 360 Modena over the years
As with any automobile, modifications were made by Ferrari throughout the distribution of the Ferrari 360 Modena, to meet new regulatory standards or resolve certain teething problems, among others. Here is the list of the main changes made:
1999: This first vintage did not have pre-catalysts in the exhaust manifolds. This first vintage would potentially be more efficient and has one less part that could fail.
2000: To comply with new emissions rules, pre-catalysts were added.
2001: Xenon headlights come standard. On previous vintages, you will find halogen headlights if the xenon option had not been chosen. The variator and starter flywheel ring issues have been resolved on vintages starting this year.
2002: New wishbones were introduced to solve the problem of premature wear of the ball joints. Ferrari 360s from 2002 also allow you to upgrade their TCU to 2003 or Challenge Stradale specification. On this vintage, all major and minor problems have been resolved.
It was also in 2002 that the Ferrari factory produced a unique example: the Ferrari 360 Barchetta. It was commissioned by Gianni Agnelli, ex-president of the Fiat group, to give as a wedding gift to Luca di Montezemolo (president of Ferrari).
2003: A new version of the TCU (Transmission Control Unit) software is delivered allowing manual adjustment of the PIS (point of initial clutch slip). This TCU can be installed on 2002 vintage Ferrari 360 Modena.
Ferrari 360 Modena options list
The list of options shown below was the exhaustive list in 2004. Some options have been added over the years, such as the Racing exhaust. Others have disappeared, like the xenon headlights (at 1,479 euros) delivered as standard from 2001.
Note that certain options were only available for the coupe version and others only for the spider version.
The prices indicated were a priori excluding taxes and changed over the years and the markets. We must rather consider them as an idea...about twenty years ago.
To this list of options, to know if your Ferrari 360 Modena is equipped with original elements, do not forget to add that Ferrari Genuine offers rims, load maintainers, covers or titanium studs , for example, which you can later add to your Ferrari 360 Modena. With a list that has evolved over the years.
Two specific options in detail
Two options of the Ferrari 360 Modena may surprise you because they are not very common and more expensive than the others. They in fact appeared later in the catalog, probably in connection with the Ferrari Challenge Stradale, featuring, among other things, a specific exhaust and numerous carbon elements.
Carbon kit for the engine compartment
The carbon finishing kit for the engine compartment was available on both the Coupe and Spider models.
It includes: grilles on the side of the engine bay, filter covers, plate with prancing horse between the intake chambers.
Separate elements of the kit, or other carbon elements, may have been offered by Ferrari after-sales.
Racing exhaust system
The kit contains a complete exhaust, a specific computer for the engine, catalytic converters. This solution is 7kg lighter than the standard exhaust and delivers a more powerful, racing-style sound.
The racing-style exhaust has been approved in Europe for Ferrari 360 Modena and Spider vehicles complying with Directive 1999/102/EC (and following) on polluting emissions.
These are “Euro Stage 3” type vehicles (CE approval codes: e3*98/14*0043*03 and following), introduced in autumn 2000. Consequently, only vehicles of this version, and the following, can be equipped with the Racing exhaust.
Which options to favor?
Finally, certain options are more sought after at the time of resale, such as the Daytona seats or the Racing seats, or the fender badges and the Challenge grille at the rear. Moreover, this Challenge grille for the Ferrari 360 is not the same as that of the Ferrari Challenge Stradale, whose ventilation holes are wider.
What are the preferred options from your point of view? What additional details could be provided regarding the options and developments made by Ferrari on the Ferrari 360 Modena? What other information would you like to know about this model?
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