Introduced late in the 2002 season, Ferrari's 575M Maranello succeeded the 550 Maranello. The M in the model name designates a modified version. The classically styled coupe is essentially unchanged for the 2006 model year, and Ferrari is expected to unveil a replacement — likely named Imola — in 2006.
In its current form, the two-passenger coupe features a front-mounted 5.7-liter V-12. Ferrari's available sequential transmission has levers at the back of the steering wheel to change gears.
The rear-wheel-drive 575M Maranello looks very similar to its predecessor but sports a different interior with wraparound, leather-upholstered seats. A Skyhook suspension is similar to the one employed on current Maserati models.
The 575M Maranello exhibits a classic sports-car profile with its long hood and short deck. An eggcrate-style grille sits low in the front, and side gills are visible behind the front wheels. The headlight cluster uses a xenon high-intensity-discharge system for its low beams. Weight distribution is an optimum 50/50, and ride height can be switched between Sport and Comfort modes.
Built on a wheelbase that measures only 98.4 inches, the 575M Maranello is 179.1 inches long overall. Measuring just above 50 inches tall, the two-seater isn't an easy car to enter and exit. Five-spoke alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires, but 19-inchers are available.
Both occupants of the 575M Maranello can luxuriate in wraparound seats upholstered in leather. All dials are grouped in one pod ahead of the driver, and a tachometer is located in the center. Storage space is limited, but a cargo shelf behind the seats supplements the 6.5-cubic-foot trunk.
Six-way power seats include a driver memory feature. Options include racing seats with a carbon frame and leather upholstery, four-point safety harnesses, a Fiorano handling package, a roll bar, a navigation system, a 200-watt stereo and Pininfarina-designed luggage.
Under the Hood
The 575M Maranello's 5.7-liter V-12 yields 515 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 434 pounds-feet of torque at 5,250 rpm. The six-speed-manual transmission can be controlled via levers at the back of the steering wheel, but it is also available in traditional form. The 575M Maranello can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and can reach a claimed top speed of 202 mph.
Brembo brakes have four-piston calipers with an antilock feature. Traction control can be set at normal or Sport.