At a time where technology was improving rapidly and concern for the environment rose, the U.S. regulations got stricter for gas emissions. The new regulations forced Ferrari to find a rapid solution for the Ferrari 308 GTS; thus, the 1980 models featured fuel-injection systems instead of the Weber carburetors. This change reduced the power output significantly and engineers worked towards a solution to comply with the regulations while recovering the lost power. They finally came up with a system of four valves per cylinder, giving the third generation of Ferrari 308 GTB and GTS the name QV, which stands for Quattrovalvole and means four valves. The mid-mounted 3-liter V8 engine was then rated at 240 hp, which made it more enjoyable for the driver. It was said to hit 60 mph from a standstill position in just over six seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. The targa model was a great hit, very nicely designed and making the 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS a perfect Sunday car.
Having heavier bumpers could distinguish the Ferrari 308 GTS for the U.S. market and rectangular side marker lights on the wings. Many options were made available such as metallic paint, wider 16″ Speedline wheels with Pirelli P7 tires or air conditioning. If you’re looking to purchase a 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS, you’ll have the option between plenty of different examples, in various conditions. It is always recommended to buy the example in the best condition within your budget, as this can prevent spending thousands in repairs down the road. QV models were the latest development and were nearly as powerful as the early carbureted cars, while having the reliability of the fuel injection system. Find a model that is mechanically sound and presents a mint condition body, and you’re likely to have a wonderful classic Ferrari ownership experience.
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