Built as Ferrari's entry-level supercar, the F355 model series succeeded the 348 series in the Ferrari range. The Berlinetta made its debut in May, 1994 at the Geneva Motor Show. Initially, the 6-speed manual was the only transmission available. However, in 1997, the Berlinetta was the first-ever road car to be equipped with the innovative F1-style gearbox management system, allowing both of the driver’s hands to stay on the wheel at all times. The Ferrari F355 Spider was introduced in 1995 and was an evolution of the Ferrari F355 Berlinetta. It was developed exclusively by Pininfarina and, for the first time on a Ferrari model, the semi-automatic soft top was powered electronically.