... jus as a point of trivia - how many current production ferraris have a "flat crank" ?
I'll bite... always happy to learn...
Just the V8's, the the 430 derivatives (couple, spider, Scuderia).
Maserati has the same basic engine in their cars, and the new Alfa too.
I thought I heard that the Esprit V8 was flat-crank??? I've never heard one.
You have to embrace what you have and make the most of it. The worst thing about having a 4 cylinder is all the losers with coffee can fart boxes that just ruin it for us. I will freely admit that most of the reason I have an S is because the supercharger sounds better.
I have had the privaledge of owning a 355 (awesome flat crank sound) and a 512 TR (V12 symphony). From the outside, the 355 was like a damn F1 car. From the inside, well, it really didn't sound much different than the Lotus (a flat crank V8 actually sounds more like an inline 4 than it does a regular V8). It is clear that Ferrari has gotten better over time of tuning the insulation to bring in the good sounds of the exhaust (the 360 and 430 sound better in the car).
Now the V12 - you ain't gonna touch that without adding cylinders. At all rpms, it's like an orchestra! (actually, the 12 has a very distinct harmonic...) God I miss that sound. But overall, I would not trade back.