1986 Ferrari 328 GTS

In the mid-80s, the elegant shape of the open-topped 308 GTS was further softened and rounded to become – once a 270bhp 3.2-liter engine had been fitted amidships – the 328 GTS.

The curvier body not only updated the looks, it also improved the aerodynamics. Inside the new drop-top, the now outdated 1970s seats and trim and switchgear were also thoroughly refreshed.

Launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show of 1985, the 328 GTS was an instant hit and – during the four years of its production – more than 6,000 cars were sold: around five times as many as its hard-topped brother, the 328 GTB.

The extra displacement and 270 horsepower meant it was more fun to drive than the 308. The 328 is also considered by some Ferrari enthusiasts to be one of the most reliable Ferraris; unlike some models, most engine maintenance can be performed without lowering the engine from the vehicle.

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1986 Ferrari 328 GTS

1986 Ferrari 328 GTS

Specs & Performance

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atMaranello, Italy
price $$ 63,370
engineV8
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl.
displacement3185 cc / 194.4 in³
bore83.0 mm / 3.27 in
stroke73.6 mm / 2.9 in
compression9.2:1
power193.9 kw / 260 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output81.63 bhp per litre
bhp/weight180.81 bhp per tonne
torque288.8 nm / 213 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
redline7700
body / frameSteel / Tubular Steel
driven wheelsTransverse Mid-Engine / RWD
front tires205/55VR-16
rear tires255/50VR-16
front brakesVented Discs
rear brakesVented Discs
front wheelsF 40.6 x 17.8 cm / 16.0 x 7.0 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 17.8 cm / 16.0 x 7.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
curb weight1438 kg / 3170 lbs
wheelbase2350 mm / 92.5 in
front track1473 mm / 58.0 in
rear track1468 mm / 57.8 in
length4285 mm / 168.7 in
width1730 mm / 68.1 in
height1128 mm / 44.4 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.39:1, 2.35:1, 1.69:1, 1.24:1, 0.92:1
final drive3.82:1
top speed~239.8 kph / 149.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~6.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph~15.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~14.5 seconds