Here is a summary of closing conclusions on the Mondial from different car magazines..
Not only does the Mondial t Cabriolet offer all the right pieces, but it also tingles your soul with all the right sensations…Admittedly, the Mondial t Cabriolet provides only a taste of the Grand Prix experience. But it’s a stronger flavor than almost any other car can provide. Plus, the Mondial t is easily the most comfortable and practical of the high-priced Italian exotics.
-Car and Driver 1991
The old Mondial was much better than its reputation, and the new Mondial t is better still. To me, it is the most desirable Ferrari this side of an F40, and for about $82,000, it certainly is one of the few remaining buys in the exotic league. If you are ready for the challenge, grab one now before the word gets around and the line grows long.
That the Mondial is fun to drive, fast and practical should make it Ferrari’s most popular car. After all, it does much of what a Porsche 911 does for much the same sort of money – and adds extra style, greater handling competence, and an even finer engine. Now that it has been so intelligently worked-over, and so discreetly yet effectively improved, its appeal is stronger than ever. Yet sales are unlikely to improve. Why is this wonderful car so unfairly ignored?
The Mondial emerged as that motoring contradiction: a practical Ferrari. The Mondial t has enough performance to be enthralling, ride comfort enough to teach some mid-range saloon car manufacturers a thing or two and a mild whiff of the Prancing Horse mystique. This becomes positively rampant when the V8 is busking in the higher rpm ranges and the plump tyres are being asked to do some work. Maranello Concessionaires candidly admits that it is not easy to persuade customers to try the charms of the Mondial, “but once we got them into one, they swear by them and are quite likely buy another.”
It may not provide the fun and exhilaration of an F40, but the Mondial t is a jolly fine, very fast car..
-Road and Track 1990
..it’s a glorious chariot. It tends to get a bit ignored because it looks a little gawky alongside the gorgeous 348, whose engine it shares…But it’s more fun. Its chassis is emphatically more friendly and more communicative. The 348 might have might have bigger tyres and a higher ultimate level of sheer grip. But making use of it is a real task. In the Mondial, you can explore the limit, because the chassis and steering work more progressively and provide better feedback.
the) duality of the practical and the exotic sums up the Mondial very well. Despite their quirks, Ferraris have earned enviable reputations as durable machines when maintained properly. And because of their quirks, these cars offer added satisfaction to those learning how to drive them properly…Driven fast or slow the Mondial (t) is exhilarating.
-Road and Track 1991
I think it’s Ferrari’s most elegant car…the Mondial’s shape is perfect…In short, the Mondial is the one Ferrari that causes heads to turn in appreciation rather than shock.
-John Phillips III of Automobile 1987
We racked up 600 or 700 miles during our Memorial Day weekend and became quite attached to this Ferrari…It won us 1001 compliments about our fine taste in automobiles…All things considered, our trip by Ferrari was more entertaining than the race we went to see.
-Car and Driver 1987
It is a car with few rivals, perhaps the closest being the Porsche 928S…once you have experienced the wonderful noise produced by the V8 engine in full cry, and sat behind that steering wheel, with the power surging in, you can forgive the car for the few detractions it may have. They seem to pale into insignificance as the rev counter needle sweeps past the 7000rpm mark and you slam that gear lever through the gate. It is a different world of motoring.
When you’re in the mood, it’s as exciting to drive as any Ferrari should be – as Ferraris always have been. The difference with this Ferrari, though, is that if your mood changes, if traffic or road conditions force a change of tempo, the Mondial is still a friendly car in which to drive and to ride.
The Quattrovalvole engine is a turning point in the Mondial’s fortunes. Before the acquisition of the extra power, the Mondial’s performance as pleasant but not supercar-ish enough to please those who can be – and were – easily won over to other camps. Now it has the urge to please a wider area of buyers, coupled the refinement of suspension, ride quality noise suppression and drivetrain smoothness that makes it uncompromisingly modern. Plus a very high build quality and enough promise of real durability to set the sale on longevity…
…the Mondial Quattrovalvole does a splendid job keeping the Ferrari magic alive, combining it with the performance that one takes for granted from a car carrying the Prancing Horse emblem and offering high levels of trim and refinement to satisfy the discerning buyer.
The 4-valve engine gives vastly improved performance off the line, as Americans want to enjoy, much stronger acceleration all the way up…We now feel that the Ferrari has a Mondial with real raison d’être; faster, better looking, with wind-in-the-hair driving and all the attention from the sidelines you can handle. The Cabriolet was genuinely admired by most observers; drive it ,and you will be not be ignored
-Road and Track 1984
..the Mondial has poise, speed, panache and beauty. For even $100,00 (with the air conditioning) it is a fine value against a lot of expensive cars
the Ferrari Mondial is a sure bet to be successful. The Mondial offers a higher level of luxury than other Ferraris, along with genuine seating for four and, most importantly, it looks like a Ferrari.