Ferrari Mondial T
The final Mondial came out in 1989 and was known as the Mondial T.
The “T” had a practical meaning. All the previous Mondial models had both their engines and gearboxes mounted transversely whereas the Mondial T kept the transverse orientation for the gearbox but had a longitudinally mounted engine. This configuration of engine and gearbox formed a “T” shape and allowed the engine to sit lower in the chassis for better handling.
The Mondial T had more power, its 3.4-liter V8 engine good for 300 bhp @ 7200 rpm and torque of 238 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm. The Mondial T was also the first Ferrari offered with power steering and as the first production Ferrari with adjustable suspension, operated via a switch on the console. A handful of Mondial Ts even came with a semi-automatic gearbox from French company Valeo. In terms of looks, the Mondial Ts can be most distinguished by the rectangular side intakes (earlier Mondial variants had trapezoidal intakes.
The Mondial T is the most prized of the Mondial models, but beware maintenance costs.
Unfortunately, the innovative new engine and gearbox layout also made the Mondial T more complex and costly to maintain and by 1993, the Mondial was finished, and Ferrari had no desire to name a successor. The Mondial’s chassis would underpin a new generation of 2-seat Ferraris, right up to the Ferrari 360.
Specs & Performance
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|price $||$ 96,300|
|valvetrain||DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl|
|displacement||3405 cc / 207.8 in³|
|bore||85.0 mm / 3.35 in|
|stroke||75.0 mm / 2.95 in|
|power||223.7 kw / 300.0 bhp @ 7200 rpm|
|specific output||88.11 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||204.36 bhp per tonne|
|torque||310.5 nm / 229.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm|
|body / frame||Steel & Aluminum|
|driven wheels||Mid Engine / RWD|
|front tires||F 205/55ZR-16|
|rear tires||R 225/55ZR-16|
|front brakes||Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS|
|rear brakes||Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS|
|front wheels||F 40.6 x 17.8 cm / 16.0 x 7.0 in|
|rear wheels||R 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16.0 x 8.0 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist|
|curb weight||1468 kg / 3236 lbs|
|wheelbase||2650 mm / 104.3 in|
|front track||1522 mm / 59.9 in|
|rear track||1560 mm / 61.4 in|
|length||4535 mm / 178.5 in|
|width||1810 mm / 71.3 in|
|height||1235 mm / 48.6 in|
|gear ratios||3.21:1, 2.11:1, 1.46:1, 1.09:1, 0.86:1|
|top speed||~255 kph / 158.4 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~6.6 seconds|
|0 – 100 mph||~13.9 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~15.0 seconds|