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2005 Ferrari F430 Road & Track Test

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How does one begin to write a review of a new Ferrari? There is no more iconic nameplate in the automotive world. Wouldn't an
 
Like all Ferraris, the new 430 is an object of desire, a state of mind, and as visceral and sensual a street-legal car as there is. (Photo: Gerry Frechette, Canadian Auto Press)
objective road test, including criticisms, be a bit like evaluating the Sistine Chapel?Really, does it matter that the new F430's trunk has enough room for a couple of soft bags? Or that it has a rather firm ride? Or that it gulps super-premium gasoline? Of course not. The F430 transcends all that. Like all Ferraris, it is an object of desire, a state of mind, and as visceral and sensual a street-legal car as there is.

Of course, the progress of modern automotive technology has not missed Ferrari, given the F430 can trace most of its mechanical lineage to previous Formula 1 cars from Marenello, but it is not the sort of high-strung mistress that most people might think. Along with the incredible specifications and performance comes a fair degree of civility that allows one to even consider puttering around in town. Luckily for me, my experience with the latest mid-engined
 
My experience with the latest mid-engined V8 from the legendary manufacturer was in its natural environment - the race track and rural country roads. (Photo: Gerry Frechette, Canadian Auto Press)
V8 from the legendary manufacturer was in its natural environment - the race track and rural country roads.Somewhat unfortunately, the track at Mont Tremblant, Quebec was the first chance I had to strap into this beast, since I would have but one lap on a fast circuit that was only somewhat familiar to me, to explore the very high limits of a car that I knew nothing about driving. Of course, such a situation has presented itself on many prior occasions with lesser vehicles; it is just that you want your limited time in such a dream ride to be a total blast, without embarrassing yourself.