Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2007 Porsche 911 VS 2007 Ferrari F430 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2007 Porsche 911

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2007 Ferrari F430

Safety Comparison

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The 911 has standard front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The F430 doesn't offer side-impact airbags or side airbag protection for the head.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the 911 deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The F430’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The 911 offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The F430 doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The 911 offers an optional backup radar to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The F430 doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the 911 and the F430 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The 911 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The F430’s 3 year/100,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The 911’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the F430’s (10/unlimited vs. 3/100,000).

There are almost 8 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the 911’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The F430’s redline is at 8500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The 911 has a 7200 to 7300 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 911 second among premium sporty cars in their 2006 Initial Quality Study. The F430 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

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The 911 Turbo’s standard 3.6 turbo 6 cyl. produces 117 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 343) than the F430’s 4.3 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the 911 Turbo is faster than the Ferrari F430 (manual transmissions tested):

911

F430

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.8 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

121 MPH

116 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the 911’s engines produce their peak torque and horsepower at lower RPM’s than the F430:

Horsepower

Torque

911 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

6800 RPM

4250 RPM

911 S 3.8 DOHC 6 cyl.

6600 RPM

4600 RPM

911 Turbo 3.6 6 cyl.

6000 RPM

1950 RPM

F430 4.3 DOHC V8

8500 RPM

5250 RPM

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The F430 doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The 911 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The F430 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The 911 stops much shorter than the F430:

911

F430

80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

196 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

162 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

112 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the 911 has larger front standard tires than the F430 (235/40R18 vs. 225/35R19). The 911 Carrera 4 Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the F430 (F:235/35R19 & R:305/30R19 vs. F:225/35R19 & R:285/35R19).

The 911 S’ 295/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the F430’s 35 series tires.

The 911 has a standard tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The F430 doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 911 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F430 can only carry 2.

The 911 has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the F430 (64 vs. 52).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 911 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the F430 Coupe (10.6 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The 911’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The F430 has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

When four different drivers share the 911, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all four. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The F430 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The 911’s front power windows raise and lower automatically with one touch, especially convenient at tollbooths or drive-up windows. The power windows on the F430 don’t raise automatically.

The 911’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The F430’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

If the windows are left down on the 911 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the F430 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 911’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The F430’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 911 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The F430 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 911 offers an optional rear wiper. The F430 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The rear window of the 911 Cabriolet is glass, so that it won’t become hard to see through with age. The plastic rear window on the F430 Spider will become opaque with age and scratches.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 911 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The F430 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The 911’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The F430’s standard power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The 911’s optional heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The F430 doesn’t offer heated seats.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the 911 offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The F430 doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

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