575M Maranello is an updated version
of the Ferrari 550, which was released
in 2002. The model number indicates
the engine's capacity inliters,
while the "M" is an abbreviation
for "modificato" or modified. It
is never easy to improve upon perfection,
but once again, Ferrari has done
it. Sleekly designed by Pininfarina,
as expected, the 575M Maranello
has a newly designed interior and
minor changes to the exterior.
Here is a big surprise. The 575M Maranello, with
its V12, 5.7-liter 515 horsepower engine, is more
powerful than its predecessor. Metrically speaking,
it goes from zero to 100km/h(62 mph) in a stomach
flopping 4.2 seconds. Fortunately, the brakes have
been upgraded, too, with larger discs. Top speed
on this mechanical magnum opus is 325 km/h, which
translates to an invigorating 202 mph!
This wingless speed vessel has two renderings, the
Superamerica and the GTC Handling Package. The Supermerica
is an inventive convertible Berlinetta version of
the 575M Maranello, with a limited production run
of 559. The GTC package features Ferrari's third
ceramic composite-brake system. Previously, the Enzo
and the F430 featured this same brake system, which
is based upon the firm's Formula One technology.
So, if you can handle the equilibrium-altering performance
and the $224,000 plus base price, this is your Ferrari.
For LxM James Rothaar