Launched in 2002, the Ferrari 575M Maranello is a two-seat, two-door berlinetta. It is an update of the 550 Maranello, which heralded a glorious return to the front-engined Ferrari V12 GT cars and a spiritual replacement to the famed Ferrari Daytona. Penned by Lorenzo Ramaciotti of Pininfarina, the 550/575 was a true Ferrari Grand Tourer – elegant and luxurious, fused with modern aerodynamics.
Updates were mainly mechanically focused and for the first time on a Ferrari V12, Magneti Marelli’s semi-automatic, electro hydraulic, manual gearbox was available as an option – known as the ‘F1’ gearbox. Other improvements included a larger and more powerful engine with a capacity increase to 5.7 litres, an adaptive suspension set-up which when optioned with the F1 gearbox – minimizied pitch throughout the 200-milliseconds shift cycle, bigger brake discs, adjusted weight distribution and refined aerodynamics. Small and considered aesthetic tweaks completed this makeover.
The model number refers to total engine displacement in litres, whilst the ‘M’ is an abbreviation of modificato (modified), a traditional Ferrari nomenclature.
Nero Black Paint (DS1250), Fiorano Handling Pack HDL1 (includes stiffer springs, thicker rear anti roll bar. altered wheel geometry, red brake calipers, different compound brake pads, modified steering ECU), Scuderia shields, 19 inch Modular alloy wheels, Beige (4208) leather interior, Daytona electric memory seats, Nuovo Cuoio carpets (912C), Beige (4208) leather rear parcel shelf, ASR, electric windows, stereo, AC.
Finished in a stunning coat of Nero Black Paint (DS1250), and punctuated by aerodynamic slashes and cooling vents, this 575M shows off its sharp and elegant Pininfarina lines to perfection under our studio lights. The paint is deep and lustrous across the bodywork. The eye is drawn to the achingly pretty, 19 inch modular wheels with flashes of the red brake calipers behind. Scuderia shields sit proud on the wings of this beautiful berlinetta.
The interior of this example can only be described as luxury personified. Daytona seats finished in sumptuous Beige leather (4208) over Nuovo Cuoio carpets (912C) provide a superb environment to spend time in. The Daytona seats are electrically adjusted and with memory function. All of the switch gear works as it should. The paddles are very tactile, tempting you to use them and enjoy the engine to its fullest.
Practicality is taken care of by the very desirable Italian leather lined parcel shelf, again finished in Beige and perfectly crafted. The spacious boot is cleanly presented and ideal for touring across Europe or further afield.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A silky smooth V12 with a swept capacity of 5.7 litres and atmospheric aspiration make for effortless and indulgent performance – the hallmarks of Ferrari’s then flagship V12. The low mileage of this excellent example shows very little signs of age or wear under the bonnet. This power house barks into life with a menacing growl prior to settling to a purposeful idle.
The engine revs freely and the gearbox works very well whether cruising in auto or working the F1 paddle shift system for more spirited involvement.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This 575 is optioned with the very desirable 19 inch Modular alloy wheels. shod with a set of Bridgestone RE050A rubber with 235/35/19s on the front and mighty 305/30/19s on the rear. The alloy wheels look brand new with no chips or damage to report. The Brembo braking system, with its Fiorano Package enhanced brake pads is more than a match for the performance, pulling the car up very well
Registered 15/03/2003 by Ferrari Japan, this car has led a pampered life in a country where road salt is virtually non existent, clear to see from the condition of the car.
It arrived in the UK in Summer 2016 and was enlisted to QV London Ltd who carried out an Oil and Filter change as well as replaced the cambelt and battery.
The car has been freshly MOT’d and is ready to be enjoyed by the next custodian.
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