What’s behind you doesn’t matter – Enzo Ferrari

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TIME to unpack the Hawaiian shirt and grow back the Mo, Ferrari 328 GTS has made an appearance at Shepparton’s MOVE. 

The Ferrari 328 GTS (Type F106) is a mid-engine V8, two seat sports car created by Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari. It was the successor to the Ferrari 308 GTB and GTS which was the model Magnum PI drove in the TV program. While mechanically still based on the 308, modifications were made to the body, chassis, and engine, most notably an increase in engine displacement to 3.2 L for increased power and torque output. The 328 is still considered by some enthusiasts to be one of the most reliable and functional Ferraris. 

The “328” numbers in the model title referred to the total cubic capacity of the engine, 3.2 litres, and 8 for the number of cylinders. 

The 328 was the final evolution of the transversely mid-mounted, conventionally aspirated 90-degree V8 Dino engine. The transversely mounted engine is a popular way to save space on the rear-mid, rear-wheel drive layout. 

Described as one of the most usable classic Ferraris because of its durable road record, history of appreciating value, and classical aesthetics, the 328-model remained in production for four years (1985 to 1989) GTS production totalled 6,068 vehicles 

The 328 uses the Ferrari Dino engine produced from the late 1950s to the early 2000s. It is a very similar engine design as that used in the 308 Quattrovalvole model. It has a naturally aspirated 3.2-litre (3185 cc), 4-valve-per-cylinder (quattro valve), transverse mounted, rear mid-engine V8 layout 

The engine retained the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system of its predecessor, but was fitted with a Marelli MED 806 A electronic ignition system. It produces 201 kW and 313 Nm of torque. Its top speed is 267 km/h and reaches 100 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and 160 km/h in 13.0 seconds. As with the preceding 308 models the engine was mounted in unit with the all synchromesh five speed manual transmission assembly, which was below and to the rear of the engine’s wet sump. Intake air allow the car to be used harder and more reliably. The car could have produced significantly more power but for commercial reasons Ferrari management decided to keep it below the 270 PS of the naturally aspirated 328.