The Ferrari 348 TS

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Ferrari 348 TS – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 348 TS

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Ferrari 348 TS – Technical Specifications

Ferrari 348 TS – Registry & Videos

Ferrari 348 TS – Key Details

Ferrari 348 TSDetail
Launched: 1989
Engine: V8 – Rear Engine
Power: 221 kW (300 hp) at 7200 rpm
Torque: 324 Nm (33 kgm) at 4200 rpm
Top Speed: over 275 km/h
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): 5.6 sec
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: 1:39.30
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 348 TS

Ferrari’s 348 TS could be considered something of a disappointment. After all, this Spider version of the 348 TB looked rather mild compared to its wild-child 328 predecessor. Ditching the curvaceous lines of the 328, the 348 TS came out looking like a duller version of the Testarossa. Then there was the performance, which was respectable but not earth-shattering. Let’s just say that some of the more fervent 328 fans felt the Italian carmaker had let them down when the new car debuted for the 1989 model year. Don’t take that to mean this is a bad car, however, as time has proven it to be a great example of a 1980’s Ferrari.

RESPECTABLE PERFORMANCE NUMBERS

Short for Transversale Spider, the “TS” in the model name refers to the positioning of the gearbox relative to the engine, as well as the car’s convertible top. A completely new unit for the 348, the manual transmission used five forward gears to propel the car to a top speed of 275 km/h. As for acceleration, the 348 TS could hit the 100 km/h mark in 5.6 seconds; the same as its hard-topped brother. With twin overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, the 348’s 3.4-litre V8 developed 300 bhp, 30 more than the 328’s 3.2-litre V8 could muster. A dry-sump system was used to prevent oil starvation at high g-loads.

A RESTRAINED-YET-HANDSOME DESIGN

Leonardo Fiorvanti, famed Pininfarina designer responsible for the exterior styling of such prestigious nameplates as the 280 GTO and F40, was put in charge of the 348 as his last assignment for Ferrari. Fiorvanti borrowed copiously from the both the Testarossa and F40 as he penned his design, with the egg-slicer side strakes, rear lights hidden behind black slats, and the sharply angled nose. With the 348 TS being on the affordable end of the Ferrari spectrum, Fiorvanti used much more restrained hand in his design for the 348 TS, but the styling has aged gracefully and looks good to this day. After receiving a mild refresh in 1993, the model became known as the 348 GTS for its final two years of production. Ferrari discontinued the 348 line altogether in 1994, making room for the new F355.

Ferrari 348 TS – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: RM Sotheby’s

Ferrari 348 TS – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
Performance
0-100 km/h5.6 s
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed170 mph / 275 km/h
Engine
TypeV8
Overall displacement3404 cm3
Max. power output*221 kW (300 hp) at 7200 rpm
Max. torque*324 Nm (33 kgm) at 4200 rpm
Dimensions & Weight
Length4230 mm
Width1894 mm
Height1170 mm
Dry weight**1393 kg
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari 348 TS – Registry & Videos

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