With a 32-valve head, the 240 bhp Mondial was basically equipped with the same technical modifications as adopted for the 308. The result was a more revvy and powerful engine that helped underline the car’s overtly sporty nature.
The Mondial Quattrovalvole succeeded the Mondial 8 model in 1982, with the Quattrovalvole part of the model title referring to the adoption of four valves per cylinder, instead of the two used on the preceding model. The new four valves per cylinder heads produced a significant increase in power output, and thus road performance, which had been a criticism of the Mondial 8, even though it was still ahead of most cars on the road at the time.
Apart from the four valves per cylinder heads, the V8 engine of the Mondial Quattrovalvole was basically the same design as that used in the Mondial 8 model, fitted with Bosch K Jetronic fuel injection and Marelli MED 803A Digiplex electronic ignition to produce a claimed 235bhp for main European market versions, and 230bhp for US market versions. It was of a 90 degree configuration, with belt driven twin overhead camshafts per bank, having a total capacity of 2926cc, with a bore and stroke of 81mm x 71mm, bearing factory type reference F 105 A 000 for
European market cars. In the engine bay the Quattrovalvole engine can be identified by the elegant red crackle finished intake casting, with machined aluminium ribs and bearing the script Ferrari Quattrovalvole.
The engine was transversely mounted in unit with the all synchromesh five speed transmission assembly, which was below, and to the rear of the engine’s wet sump. The model featured independent suspension via wishbones, coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers all round, with front and rear anti roll bars.
As with the concurrent 2 seater models both right and left hand drive was available, together with various world market specification models. Mondial Quattrovalvole models were produced prior to the chassis number 75000, from which point both odd and even numbers were used for chassis numbers, thus all cars in this series carry odd number only chassis numbers. They were produced between 1982 and 1985, during which time 1145 examples were produced, in the chassis number range 41737 to 59131.