Ferrari 328 GTS: Is this '80s icon just as thrilling today?

The Ferrari 328 GTS is often considered to be one of the most accessible and most user-friendly models from the Italian supercar brand, even with those sharp "Magnum, P.I." looks.

What is it like to drive an '80s icon on the roads of today? We borrowed an example from 1987 to find out for ourselves.

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Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/20/20 12:04 p.m.

I drove one and I totally get it.  They aren't fast, but there is an experience to them and they are very DIY friendly as long as you can take your time to do the work.

ChrisTropea Associate Editor
8/20/20 1:38 p.m.

In reply to Stefan (Forum Supporter) :

Same here. I did not get why these are so cool (other than it having the Ferrari name on it) until I drove this one. It was not fast but it felt special and drove like a normal car.

ATSAaron New Reader
8/24/20 12:08 p.m.

Ferrari 308 and 328 are amazing cars, They feel totaly akward for your first couple minutes, but then it quickly becomes second nature. The gated shifter (once the trans fluid is up to temp) moves like a bolt acton rifle. They are greared REALLY tight, so you get to hear lots of engine noises and shifts without seriously breaking the law. 

The mainteneance can be done with the engine in the car too. Timing belts do need to be done every 5-7 years, but they are actually pretty cheap.  There is lots of "can I reach this from on top? Or on bottom? Or can you hold this AC from below while I tighten from on top." So much of stuff like that that a lift isn't really that convenient. We installed the latest motor in mine on four jackstands with just an engine hoist

Best of both worlds:  Ferrari 308GTS with a modified 800 horsepower Ferrari engine (suspension, brake and wheel/tire upgrades too).



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