In 1999, the end of the millennium and the imminent start of the 2000s bring new ideas and new innovations. An era closes, another one opens, different, with unprecedented forms, conceptual thoughts hitherto unexplored. A mini-revolution that also involves the automotive sector, including Ferrari. Which, as often happens, stands out: because the Rossa renews by keeping in tradition. It sounds like a paradox, but it isn’t.
In Maranello they want to replicate the success of the sports cars with V8 engines, the 308 and the F355. The new creature conceived by the engineers will have to mount the same engine, but with different technical characteristics. From the point of view of style, the supercar “in red” of the new millennium will represent the beginning of a new road. A new path, called 360 and undertaken together with an industry guarantee such as Pininfarina.
The berlinetta produced by Maranello is presented at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. Small, snappy, sporty. The outsiders immediately hit. In fact, the car does not have the classic lines of the previous ‘colleague’ F355. It has a rear-wheel drive engine, like other Ferrari sports cars, but it is the first Red to sport the all-aluminum chassis, making it 28% lighter than the 355, despite being larger. There are no longer “retractable” headlights, replaced by “visible” ones with, among other things, a new lighting system.
The features make the 360 an example to follow, even today, for all modern supercars. They also noticed it in Maranello itself: in the construction of the very recent F8 Tributo, and not only, it is possible to find inspiration directly taken from the 360. Which, in its basic version, is launched under the name of Modena. The V8, which has 5 valves per cylinder, is equipped with an increased displacement, compared to the 355, to 3856 cc, capable of delivering a power of 400 hp at 8500 rpm. 0-100 km / h is reached in 4.5 seconds.