Ferraris are typically revered by owners and fans of the brand alike, but there are some Tifosi with no love to show for the Ferrari Mondial. TIME Magazine listed the 1980 Ferrari Mondial 8 as one of the 50 Worst Cars of All Time and the initial 2-valve version has gotten a bad reputation for its lack of performance.
The people who have driven Mondials, however, know the widespread hate for the car is entirely undeserved. Sure, it’s a bit of an anomaly being an eight-cylinder mid-engine Ferrari with back seats, but that just means it’s usable as an everyday car. Additionally, its wedge-like front end, pop-up headlights, unabashedly ‘80’s side vents and circular taillights are classically Ferrari – making the Mondial classically cool.
If that wasn’t enough, the Mondial Quattrovalvole’s 3.0-liter DOHC V8 sounds just as good as any other V8 Ferrari of the day and was hardly a slouch at 240 horsepower. A kerb weight of 3,153 lb gave the relatively small eight-cylinder a lot of weight to lug around, but this was the family’ Ferrari, remember.
Watch and listen as Pogson defends the Mondial and drives his Mondial QV in the video above, courtesy of DRIVE. If Pogson can’t convince you the Mondial is a true Ferrari, no one can.