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  Ferrari 328 GTB
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1985 - 1990
Numbers built:1344
Designed by:Pininfarina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFirst introduced in 1973 as a replacement for the 246 Dino GTS, the 308 GT/4 was the first in a line of mid-engined Ferrari V8s. Responsible for the styling of the 308 was Bertone, it would be their only production Ferrari design. It was replaced in 1975 by the 308 GTB, which no longer featured the 2+2 seating configuration of the GT/4 and to the joy of many Pininfarina penned the body. Over the years the V8 engine was revised, first by replacing the Weber Carburetors by Fuel Injection and later four valve per cylinder heads were fitted.

By 1985 the final incarnation of the transverse V8 launched. For the first time, the displacement of the V8 engine was increased. Both bore and stroke grew in size and with it the displacement went up to 3.2 litre. Power output of the engine was raised by 30 bhp from the 308 GTBi QV's 240 bhp and with little weight added, the overall performance was increased.

Outwardly the most noticable difference was the nose. The 328 no longer featured the sharp wedge-shaped front, which was characteristic for the 308. Like the 308, the 328 was available as a berlinetta and targa model, GTB and GTS respectively. The GTS model, with the removable roof panel, offered the best of both worlds and understandably outsold the GTB almost four times.

A second generation of V8 engined cars replaced the 328, starting with the 348 launched in 1989. The 348 featured a longitudinally mounted V8, rather than the transversely mounted V8s used in the 308 and the 328s.

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