Classic Car Encyclopedia

Ferrari F355

Apr 24, 2023

The Ferrari F355 is a mid-engine sports car that was produced by the Italian automaker Ferrari from 1994 to 1999. It is a successor to the Ferrari 348 and was succeeded by the Ferrari 360. The F355 was available in two-door coupe and convertible body styles and was powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V8 engine. 

During its production run, a total of 11,273 Ferrari F355s were built, with 4,872 of those being the Berlinetta (coupe) and 4,477 being the GTS (convertible). The remaining 924 units were the rare and track-focused F355 Challenge, which was produced between 1995 and 2000.

The Ferrari F355 was a very capable sports car on the track. It set a lap time of 1:24.90 around the Fiorano Circuit, Ferrari's private test track in Maranello, Italy. This lap time was faster than the previous generation Ferrari 348 and even the more powerful Ferrari F40.

The F355 had a curb weight of around 3,100 pounds (1,400 kg) for the Berlinetta and GTS models, while the F355 Challenge weighed in at around 2,800 pounds (1,270 kg).

Power: The F355 was powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC V8 engine that produced 375 horsepower (280 kW) at 8,250 rpm and 268 lb-ft (363 Nm) of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine was mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automated manual transmission (F1 gearbox).

The Ferrari F355 was available in three main models: the Berlinetta (coupe), the GTS (convertible), and the Challenge (track-focused). However, there were a few special edition models that were also produced, including the F355 Spider, F355 Serie Fiorano, F355 Berlinetta Prototipo, and the F355 Challenge Evoluzione.

The F355 Spider was a convertible version of the Berlinetta that was introduced in 1995. It featured a retractable soft-top roof that could be opened or closed in just 30 seconds.

The F355 Serie Fiorano was a special edition model that was limited to just 104 units. It was built to celebrate Ferrari's 50th anniversary and was only available in the coupe body style. It featured a number of performance upgrades over the standard F355, including an upgraded suspension and brakes.

The F355 Berlinetta Prototipo was a one-off prototype that was built in 1994. It featured a number of design elements that were later used on the production F355, including the side air intakes and the interior layout.

The F355 Challenge Evoluzione was a track-focused version of the F355 Challenge that was introduced in 1999. It featured a number of upgrades over the standard F355 Challenge, including a more powerful engine, a lighter weight, and a more aerodynamic body.