The Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole

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Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole

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Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole – Technical Specifications

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Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole – Key Details

Ferrari 308 GTB QuattrovalvoleDetail
Launched: 1982
Engine: V8 – Rear Engine
Power: 176 kW (240 hp) at 7000 rpm
Torque: 260 Nm (26.5 kgm) at 5000 rpm
Top Speed: 255 km/h
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): TBC
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole

FERRARI 308 GTB QUATTROVALVOLE – THE 308 FINDS ITS LEGS AGAIN

Two years after launching the new, lower-power version of the 308, the 308 GTBi, Ferrari had come up with a solution to restore power to its mid-engine V8 offering – behold the Ferrari 308 GTB quattrovalvole. While not as powerful as the original 308 GTB, this QV model represented a significant increase in power while still complying with emissions requirements. We will begin with a short history of the 308, then dig into the details.

RESTORING POWER TO THE GLORIOUS V8

Powering all 308 models is a 2.9-litre aluminium V8 from the Dino line of engines. Initially, this V8 produced a respectable 252bhp on the 308 GTB, but strict emissions standards led to the introduction of the 1980 308 GTBi, with a Bosch fuel injection system throttling the power down to just 211 bhp. Ferrari knew they couldn’t sell such expensive cars with so little power, and quickly started working out a solution. That’s where the 308 quattrovalvole comes in: By using a 4-valve per cylinder design to increase the V8’s performance up to 240 bhp while retaining the cleaner emissions.  A gated, dogleg 5-speed manual translates that power to the wheels, while a double-wishbone independent suspension incorporated anti-roll bars on both axles to keep the car stable while cornering.

STYLING CHANGES

Exterior styling came courtesy of Pininfarina, and this bodywork would gain fame in 1980 as Tom Selleck zipped around Oahu in his 308 GTS on Magnum, P.I. Only minor styling changes made their way onto the quattrovalvole and included a small Ferrari badge on the side mirrors and a new radiator grille flanked by rectangular driving lights instead of the previous round lights. Lightweight fiberglass body panels were swapped out for heaver steel panels in 1977, so all 308 GTB quattrovalvoles wear the heavier panels. Inside, the 308 received a new 3-spoke steering wheel and a new seat upholstery option that used cloth in the centre.

PRODUCTION AND LEGACY

The Ferrari 308 GTB quattrovalvole was in production from 1982 to 1985, at which point the 328 models replaced them. Only 748 GTBs were made with the 4-valve-per-cylinder engines, making this a rather rare model. Because the 308 QV is nearly identical to its predecessors, aside from the new engine tuning, this model is mainly remembered for its stronger horsepower rating compared to its predecessor.

Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole – Photo Gallery

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Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/hTBC
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed158 mph / 255 km/h
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacement2926 cm3
Max. power output*176 kW (240 hp) at 7000 rpm
Max. torque*260 Nm (26.5 kgm) at 5000 rpm
Dimensions & Weight
Length4230 mm
Width1720 mm
Height1120 mm
Dry weight**1275 kg
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

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