1980 was a horrible era for *all* high-performance cars that were allowed to be imported into the USA. Articles that single out the Mondial 8 was just as unfair then as it is now. Why not mention the 308gtsi? The Maserati Marek? The Lamborghini Urraco? The Porsche 928? The Aston Martin S4? The Lotus Elite? Most of the cars I mentioned were the direct class competitors, the S4 is the only one that was 3/10ths of a second faster in the 1/4 (but also 50% more the price of the Mondial 8.) In fact, the 911 which was universally the ‘king’ of speed was not allowed in the USA in 1980 Why? You guessed it – Uncle Sam’s “Potato in the tailpipe restrictions”
So how is it fair to say the US Spec Mondial 8 was especially ‘slow’ when almost every single one of its US Spec competitors was SLOWER or the same speed for MY 1980? Let me add that the Mondial out handled all of them to boot!
The cynical out there would charge “I protest too much.” I do truly believe though I’ve uncovered the “why” behind the widespread negative sentiment that is unleashed to the public with zero context.
I’m not even a Mondial 8 owner, I just want to make sure my Mondial 8 brothers get the vindication they deserve.
I have copies of every single road test so this is not mere opinion, peruse the resources section to verify my claims above.
To be fair, perhaps the multiple reviewers were lying, wrong, or Ferrari provided ‘ringers’, this could be true – always happy to change my mind if anybody can provide evidence of this, in fact, I encourage it.