Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

Unveiled at the 1994 Geneva Motor Show, the F355 Berlinetta quickly became the benchmark in its class. The increased power of the new 5-valve per cylinder V8 was complemented by a truly exceptional chassis, with extremely efficient, electronically controlled suspension.

The design of every new Ferrari model is, by definition, heavily influenced by the Marque’s culture and experience combined with innovations developed as a result of both active experimentation and research. The result is a melding of style and engineering that delivers superb performance across the board.

In the case of the Pininfarina-designed F355, the fusion of familiar elements with more powerfully innovative ones resulted in a truly unprecedented car that guaranteed the same signature Ferrari emotions as ever. The F355 was a masterful piece of engineering as its 109 hp/litre specific power output attests. The latter value and its impressive torque were achieved by adopting a new five-valve cylinder head. The car’s 3496 cc engine punched out 380 hp. Its blistering performance figures were the result of aerodynamic honing that focused specifically on the underbody.

The two-seater F355 Berlinetta had an aluminium and steel body. Its styling was moulded around an aerodynamically severe design that included a full-body undertray designed to equalise downforce (Cl) between the two axles. The cabin was designed with both safety and driving pleasure in mind. The seats and trim were Connolly leather. Composite racing seats were also available to order. The chassis was a steel monocoque with a tubular steel rear sub-frame for the engine-suspension assembly. Both front and rear suspension used independent unequal-length wishbones and coil springs over gas-filled telescopic electronic dampers with two settings. The car also has anti-roll bars. The steering was rack and pinion with power-assist, and optional mechanical gear. The brakes had self-venting discs and excludable ABS ATE. The 18” wheel rims were magnesium. The mid-rear 3496 cc 90° V8 was longitudinally mounted and punched out 380 hp, giving it a specific power output of 109 hp/l. Distribution was by means of twin overhead cams with five valves per cylinder. The con rods were titanium, while the control unit was the Bosch M5.2. Dry sump lubrication and a six-speed plus reverse mechanical gearbox completed the picture along with a dry single-plate clutch.

Ferrari F355 Berlinetta Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1994

type rear, longitudinal 90° V8
bore/stroke 85 x 77 mm
unitary displacement 436.94 cc
total displacement 3495.50 cc
compression ratio 11 : 1
maximum power 279 kW (380 hp) at 8250 rpm
power per litre 109 hp/l
maximum torque 363 Nm (37 kgm) at 6000 rpm
valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, five valves per cylinder
fuel feed Bosch Motronic M2.7 electronic injection
ignition Bosch Motronic M2.7 static electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
lubrication dry sump
clutch single-plate
frame steel monocoque with tubular steel rear sub-frame
front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
brakes discs
transmission 6-speed + reverse
steering rack-and-pinion
fuel tank capacity 88 litres
front tyres 225/40 ZR 18
rear tyres 265/40 ZR 18
type two-seater berlinetta
length 4250 mm
width 1900 mm
height 1170 mm
wheelbase 2450 mm
front track 1514 mm
rear track 1615 mm
weight 1350 kg (dry)
top speed 295 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.7 sec
0-400 m 12.9 sec
0-1000 m 23.7 sec