Weird, this is the first Ferrari 360 Modena replica I’ve ever seen that actually looks good! Now that I think about it, it’s one of the only kit cars in general that looks good. Yeah, that picture up there is the kit, not the real 360.
The Ferrari 360 Modena happens to be my favorite car of all time, and while there aren’t very many kits out there for it, there are a few I’ve seen…and they’re hideous. Take this horrendous example:
Sorry to whoever made this, but that looks terrible, and wouldn’t fool anybody. It doesn’t even have the glass covering the engine! C’mon, that’s part of the 360’s character.
Anyway, this kit from Extreme Cars looks great, and being such a 360 Modena lover I’d say I’m pretty critical (or is it cynical?) It can even be converted from a 2-seater to a family-hauling 4-seater. That’s pretty impressive. It’s built on the Peugeot 406 as opposed to an MR2 or Fiero, which attributes to the accuracy. From what I can tell it’s of high quality, and each panel is spaced correctly, showing the craftsmanship is good. The rear of the car is surprisingly accurate, other than the lack of tailpipes, unless I’m missing something here:
The most surprising thing on the car is the attention to detail, giving it every badge, shield and detail that the genuine car has. The 3.0-liter V6 is front-mounted (giving it the 4-seater capability,) but if you know the 360 Modena, the clear hatch showcasing the engine has been a problem for past kits. This offers that same clear cover, and has a faux-engine back there. If you look closely, you can tell it’s fake, but it’s still a very good job, and someone who doesn’t know this car inside and out could not tell the difference.
Not including the donor Peugeot 406, the complete kit costs 6,000 GBP, or around $11,360 USD. Certainly not cheap, but considering the quality and accuracy, it might just be worth it. Don’t go out and buy it just yet though, the “complete” kit isn’t quite complete. The wheels shown cost an extra $1,900 to $2,900, and the wheel spacers to make them look right cost another $748. We aren’t done yet. The essential original badging costs $340, the headlights $1,700 per pair, and the tail lights are $473. OK, that’s just the exterior. Because I’m sure you want to spend even more, the interior kit is $950, and if you want to do the 2-seat conversion (it stays 4-seat otherwise,) that will cost you around $1,150.
Needless to say, if you want the car as close to the authentic version as possible, all this is necessary. With some quick math, that comes up to around $20,000, plus the cost of the donor Peugeot, plus the cost of installing it. You do have a couple of options though. If you get lucky, you can catch a turnkey car on their website ($47,000 to $57,000,) but not get it exactly how you want it, or they will do the installation for you for a mere $20,800.
Those prices don’t even include the poly-carbonate windows, the standard lowering springs, or the coil-over suspension, but I’m sick of doing conversions from GBP to USD 😛 I know it seems expensive, but this is as close to a real 360 Modena you are going to get, without spending closer to $150,000. Plus, the insurance will be much cheaper. Their next project includes an all-wheel-drive version with two 3.0 L V6’s; one in the front and one in the rear.
UPDATE: Please read member comments below before considering purchasing this body kit.