2001 Ferrari 456 M

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Key Specs

of the 2001 Ferrari 456 M. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Coupe
  • Combined MPG:
    12-13 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    442-hp, 5.5-liter V-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
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2001 Ferrari 456 M Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Unlike most Ferrari models, past and present, the 456M GT is a 2+2 berlinetta coupe, which means it has a snug two-place rear seat in addition to the customary front buckets. As the company puts it, this is “the evolution of a very popular concept amongst Ferrari clients who want a real Ferrari with the practicality of rear seats for two additional passengers.” In contrast to the mid-engine 360 Modena, Ferrari’s least costly model that is equipped with a V-8 behind the seats, the 456M GT has a V-12 engine mounted up front. The list price for the 456M GT is $226,975, while the automatic-transmission GTA goes for $232,170. That makes the 456M Ferrari’s most expensive model in the U.S. market — at least until the 550 Barchetta goes on sale in spring 2001.

Ferrari sold about 4,000 cars worldwide during 2000, the company’s eighth year of increased sales. More than 1,000 went to North America, with California accounting for 22 percent of sales. Plans for 2001 are identical, with no more than 4,000 cars expected to go out the door.



Exterior
“Berlinetta” translates to “little sedan,” which is the Italian way of describing what Americans call a two-door coupe. Like other Ferrari models, the 456M GT was styled by Pininfarina, a legendary Italian design studio that’s been responsible for many illustrious models in the company’s history.

About a foot longer than the 360 Modena, the 456M GT measures 187 inches overa...
Vehicle Overview
Unlike most Ferrari models, past and present, the 456M GT is a 2+2 berlinetta coupe, which means it has a snug two-place rear seat in addition to the customary front buckets. As the company puts it, this is “the evolution of a very popular concept amongst Ferrari clients who want a real Ferrari with the practicality of rear seats for two additional passengers.” In contrast to the mid-engine 360 Modena, Ferrari’s least costly model that is equipped with a V-8 behind the seats, the 456M GT has a V-12 engine mounted up front. The list price for the 456M GT is $226,975, while the automatic-transmission GTA goes for $232,170. That makes the 456M Ferrari’s most expensive model in the U.S. market — at least until the 550 Barchetta goes on sale in spring 2001.

Ferrari sold about 4,000 cars worldwide during 2000, the company’s eighth year of increased sales. More than 1,000 went to North America, with California accounting for 22 percent of sales. Plans for 2001 are identical, with no more than 4,000 cars expected to go out the door.



Exterior
“Berlinetta” translates to “little sedan,” which is the Italian way of describing what Americans call a two-door coupe. Like other Ferrari models, the 456M GT was styled by Pininfarina, a legendary Italian design studio that’s been responsible for many illustrious models in the company’s history.

About a foot longer than the 360 Modena, the 456M GT measures 187 inches overall. Body lines are softer than those of other Ferrari models, coupled with a cross-hatch grille and large bodyside scallops. The car’s classic look is accentuated by its long-hood and short-deck profile. Body panels are constructed of aluminum, the chassis is made of steel, and the hood is carbon fiber.



Interior
Ferrari fans are accustomed to sitting in snug buckets, held securely and ready to enjoy a spirited driving experience — even if that experience happens to take place on a crowded urban expressway. Gaining access to the backseat is made easier because the front passenger seat automatically slides forward when its backrest is tilted. But don’t expect an abundance of space back there.



Under the Hood
With 442 horsepower, the 5.5-liter V-12 is the same size as — but less powerful than — the engine installed in the 550 Maranello. A six-speed manual in the GT model or an optional five-speed automatic for the GTA are the only two transmissions available. The automatic transmission was developed specifically for the 456M.

 
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What Drivers Are Saying

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Dream come true

by eep from Maryland on August 30, 2014

Visually, one of the most beautiful cars I've ever seen. Styling is low-key for Ferrari, but the design is aging beautifully into an undeniable classic. Sound of the engine, especially with Tubi ... Read full review

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"Beauty&the Beast-beautiful, but unreliable GT"

by 456V12 from Concord NH on April 24, 2007

I've put 15k miles on my 456A. I love it. And hate it! The drive, handling, and road feel are beautiful. 5 minutes driving it and all is forgiven! And there's much that needs to be forgiven - windows ... Read full review

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 456 M received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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