I had a play with one of these yesterday, I can only describe it as epic. I love my little Z3 but but the F430 was in a different league: 0-60 3.9 seconds, 483 BHP. Words cannot describe just how well it handles. We pulled out of the pit lane and my instructor shouted "FLOOR IT". My god, it fizzed and popped in my hands and just came alive. I pushed it as hard as I dare but I'm sure it had more to give, I wish the traction control was off. This however was not epic: A LOVELY looking car and sounds great (it was the V8) but the steering was like stirring a pudding and the gearbox was horrific. The flappy paddles were on the steering wheel rather than the steering column, very confusing! Also, the "manual" mode wasn't manual, if you accelerate too hard it kicks down. After 4 laps I was starting to miss my Z3.