After some seat time in the 348 (I have yet to actually drive it in any meaningful way), I’ve noticed some of the old-school mechanical purity that didn’t make it to the F355.
The light, indicator and wiper levers are delightfully thin and have a firm, deliberate action. I kept playing with these like a silly kid. They feel so serious compared to today’s thick, toy-like plastic multifunction stalks.
The gear lever is clunky like all gated shifters. There is an actual leather boot hiding under the open gate, saving your shifter hinge from dust and c00k!3 crumbs.
The 80s were button-heavy as the new era of electronics took hold. Everything in the 348's centre console is a separate button—even the climate “intake/circulate” modes are two separate buttons. Lock and Unlock are separate as well, same as my 355.
Having to buckle two separate seat belts was a novelty for me—I had never lived with those.
I hope to get a chance at driving it. It’s already a sensual feast sitting still.