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Ferrari 575M: Buying guide and review (2002-2006)

Ferrari 575M: Buying guide and review (2002-2006) Classic and Performance Car
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When the 550 Maranello was released in 1996, the 456 was already on sale. That left Ferrari with two front-engined V12 monsters on its books, but there was far less overlap than you’d think; the 456 is a 2+2 grand tourer while the 550M is an out and out supercar – despite its layout. The 550 marked a return to a front-engined configuration after more than two decades of mid-engined two-seater flagships; first the Boxer, then the Testarossa/512TR/F512M.
 
With a bonnet that goes on forever and those gorgeous Coke bottle curves, the 550M and 575M are cars that you ache to own because of their lines alone. But they’re not just pretty faces; they’re tantalising to drive, with their balance, power and delicious steering. The all-alloy V12 just keeps revving, while variable-volume intake and exhaust systems ensure there’s no shortage of torque. So with gorgeous looks, fabulous build quality and stratospheric performance these are cars that satisfy on every level. No wonder values are on the rise.
 
Which one to buy?
 
The usual rule applies at this end of the market; only buy a car that comes with a full service history, with the work done by a recognised specialist. Also make sure there’s plenty of evidence of cash having been lavished on any potential purchase; these cars cost plenty to maintain, so anything run on a shoestring will be a liability. Analyse the service book carefully; check that the chassis number in the book is the same as the one on the car and that the details of the supplying dealer are presented on the first page.
 
In terms of which car to go for, don’t assume the 575M is a better bet than the 550M. The earlier car is better to drive thanks to unwelcome suspension adjustments Ferrari made which is why if you’re buying one of the later cars you must home in on one fitted with the optional Fiorano handling pack – at least if you’re aiming to drive your 575M with any gusto. This pack stiffens the suspension and has a thicker anti-roll bar, sharpening up the handling significantly.
 
Performance and specs
 
Ferrari 575M
Engine 5748cc, 12-cylinder
Power 508bhp @ 7250rpm
Torque 434lb ft @ 5250rpm
Top speed 202mph
0-62mph 4.2 seconds
Fuel consumption 15mpg
Gearbox Six-speed manual/semi-auto
Insurance group 20
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2500mm
Length 4550mm
Width 1935mm
Height 1277
Kerb weight 1690kg
 
Common problems

• Corrosion shouldn’t be an issue on any 550 or 575 but crash damage may well be. This is why an expert inspection is worthwhile, although just analysing the tightness and evenness of the panel gaps is a good start. Also check for any rippling in the boot floor and inner wings.

• The V12 that powers all 550s and 575s is a tremendous unit but it needs plenty of maintenance and is far from infallible. The cam belts need to be replaced every three years, although this can be stretched for cars that don’t do many miles. It’s not an expensive job though, so a car that’s had them done every three years or so regardless is likely to have been cherished.

• Oil leaks are common and they need swift attention. The most common issue is with the cam cover gaskets which leak oil, while the coolant hoses in the middle of the V tend to perish from the heat, then they split. More durable silicone replacements are available and a replacement set isn’t too costly, but replacing them all can easily take a day because of poor access.

• The radiator neck can crack through constant heating and cooling, and if not caught in time it’ll lead to the engine overheating. Radiators corrode then leak, once again leading to overheating; a replacement radiator costs plenty. Predictably, the cost of fixing a cooked engine is extremely high.

• Any vibration at idle which disappears when the engine is revved is likely to be worn engine mountings. This is more likely on a 550 as 575 mounts are stronger, so fit these as a matter of course.

• If there’s any sign of misfiring it’s probably because the HT leads are on their way out. Don’t dismiss this too lightly; a fresh set costs a lot more than you might think – not least of all because there are 12 cylinders.

• The manual gearbox is strong but some early (pre-1998) cars can suffer from tricky engagement of first, third and fifth. It’s because of iffy baulk rings so you really need to ensure a rebuild isn’t due because – predictably – these don’t come cheap.

• Clutches harden with age, while release bearings can seize up through a lack of use, leading to a very heavy pedal. A new three-piece clutch kit is expensive to fit...

• Steering racks are leak-prone; fail to fix it in time and you could be landed with a hefty bill. The power steering reservoir also tends to leak onto the top and bottom inner wishbone bushes, causing them to perish. Watch for broken springs too, leading to the car sitting low on one corner.

• The adjustable dampers are very expensive so check for leaks; also ensure they work properly. They tend to get left in the same mode all of the time, then when this is altered something fails.

• Watch out for windscreen cracks; a new screen is expensive and it takes at least six hours to fit. Also check the door and window seals for perishing as new ones are costly.
 
Model history
 
1996: The 550 Maranello replaces the Testarossa-derived F512M.
2000: A 550 Barchetta is introduced; 448 are made, of which 45 are right-hand drive.
2002: The 575M supersedes the 550M. There’s now a 5.7-litre V12, and adaptive dampers for better body control without sacrificing the ride. The interior is refreshed and Ferrari’s F1 semi-automatic transmission is now available; the first time with a road-going V12 model.
2005: The open-topped Superamerica appears (just 559 are made) and there’s now a Fiorano handling pack available for the 575M, which can be fitted retrospectively.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
•www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk
•www.fcars.co.uk
•www.ferrariownersclub.org
•www.clubscuderia.co.uk
•ferrariownersclub.net
 
Summary and prices
 
Ferrari 575 prices have been rising particularly quickly over the recent years. You can pick up early example in good shape from around £75,000, with prices rising towards £100,000 for later cars with lower miles. If you’re looking for one of the really desirable models, a manual car with the HGTE package, you will have to shell out upwards of £200,000 today, due to soaring demand. 
 
Words: Richard Dredge // Images: evo Magazine
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Last updated: 13th Jan 2016
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  • 2016 Ferrari 575M

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    Ferrari 575M Additional Information Beautiful Ferrari 575 Maranello finished in Argento Nurburgring with Cream Leather interior. Just been serviced and cam belts replaced.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 16500 mi
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  • 2003 Ferrari 575M

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    Ferrari 575M Additional Information Beautiful example of a 2003 model Ferrari 575 Maranello presented in classic Rosso Corsa with Nero leather interior. This is a one owner car that has only completed 22,184 km.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 13784 mi
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  • Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1 "Fiorano" Handling Package - RHD.

    £355,000 £355,000

    The Ferrari 575M Maranello was introduced in 2002 as the replacement for the hugely successful 550. The 575 was produced in much smaller numbers than the 550 and was the first Ferrari V12 to offer Magneti Marelli's semi-automatic (Electrohydraulic manual) 'F1' gearbox a technology that Ferrari had developed in Formula 1. Updates from the 550 included a renewed interior, but with substantial improvements mechanically, including bigger brake discs, a larger and more powerful 5,748cc engine which produced 515bhp. In 2004 Ferrari released a limited run of 559 examples of the striking and innovative convertible, the Superamerica. Drawing its name form the iconic Pininfarina designed Lampredi V12-powered GT cars of the 1950s and 60s, the 199mph 575M Superamerica retained the coupe’s mechanicals together with its general design while featuring the a unique pivoting photo-chromic roof. The work of Pininfarina chief stylist Leonardo Fioravanti, creator of the legendary 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”, it was the first roof of its kind ever fitted to a production car, and was built using a carbon fibre frame integrated with electro-chromatic glass. The transparency of the glass could be adjusted from wi

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  • 2004 Ferrari 575M Maranello

    $427,500(£349,395.75) $427,500(£349,395.75)

    2004 Ferrari 575M Maranello, S/N, ZFFBV55A240134699, USA example, Argento Nurburgring with black carbon fibre/leather sport seats, 5.75 litre V12 front engine, 6 speed manual transmission, Fiorano handling package, 19 inch modular wheels, leather rear shelf, aluminum brake calipers, factory navigation, delivered new December 3, 2003 by Miller Motorcars, extensive service history file, fresh September 2016 major/belt servicing performed by Boston Sportscar, all original owner’s manuals, spare keys and remotes, exceptional condition throughout, one of what is believed to be fewer than 100 6 speed manual 575M imported by Ferrari North America.

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 7600 mi
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  • 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

    $339,500(£277,473.35) $339,500(£277,473.35)

    ​Extremely Rare 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello with 6-Speed Manual Gearbox This 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello is 1 of just 246 produced with a 6-speed manual gearbox. With only 21k miles, this spectacular car comes finished in beautiful Pozzi-Blue with saddle leather interior. It's in absolutely stunning condition and comes accompanied by it's books and tools. The 575M Maranello had a 5.5-litre V12 producing 515hp and a top speed of 202 mph. While most 575Ms were fitted with the optional F1 semi-automatic transmission, a small group of buyers ordered the six-speed manual gearbox. These rare cars are increasingly sought after and collectible. The 575M Maranello is already highly regarded as a wonderful modern classic Ferrari combining beautiful styling and superb performance, and the 6-speed models are the most desirable and fastest appreciating. Price: $339,500

    • Year: 2002
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  • Ferrari 575 M F1

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    Features : Car delivered new in Francorchamps , Belgium. Last service done in Ferrari point service. Comment : Real mint condition for the 575 running perfectly well.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 29211 mi
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  • 2003 FERRARI 575 GTC Competizione

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    This Ferrari 575 GTC chassis # 2204 we have for sale today is one of the 12 built by Ferrari Factory for Le Mans 24H, the FIA GT Championship and American Le Mans Series. With only one owner from new and always raced and serviced by JMB racing, this Ferrari 575 GTC # 2204 was raced in FIA GT Championship in 2004, entered the Le Mans 24H in 2005 and Le Mans series this same year. In total, # 2204 entered more than 18 races between the 2004 and 2005 seasons, mainly driven by Antoine Gosse, Peter Kutemann, Stephane Daoudi, Andrea Garbagnati and Hans Hugenholtz (the whole racing history is available upon request). Â The engine was totally overhauled in early 2015, with new liners, pistons, valves and bearings and was never used since. Â This Ferrari 575 GTC Chassis 2204 is for sale today, with one set of spare wheels and its FIA Technical Passport. Â

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  • Ferrari 575 MM

    £189,995 £189,995

    Today the car is presented in superb condition covering just 32,900 Miles from new. Accompanied by its original spare key and fobs, all original books and tools, Ferrari torch and a supporting history file. This "collectors preference" 575 is located in our showrooms just outside London and available to view immediately with DK Engineering carrying out a comprehensive annual service prior to its sale.

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  • Ferrari 575M Maranello

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello RHD Launched in 2002 the 575M Maranello is a front engine rear wheel drive two seat grand tourer built by Ferrari as a replacement for the 550 Maranello. While superficially similar to its predecessor, the 575 included minor styling changes penned by Pininfarina as well as some more substantial technical improvements and a revised interior. The more significant changes included larger disc brakes, an enlarged and more powerful engine (delivering a top speed of 202 mph), improved weight distribution and adaptive suspension technology. The 575 also included a choice of two six speed transmissions including a conventional manual gearbox and, for the first time on a Ferrari V12, Magneti Marelli's semi-automatic 'F1' gearbox. This particular example is a UK delivered Right Hand Drive car that was fitted with the F1 gearbox from new and has the added benefit of having been upgraded by Maranello Sales Ltd in 2004 with the highly desirable Fiorano handling package and subsequently a Tubi exhaust system. Delivered to its first customer in Twickenham in July of 2002 it was finished in the very rare colour scheme of Verde

    • Year: 2002
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  • Ferrari 575 Superamerica

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    Ferrari’s 575 Maranello was the first of the the company’s front-engined production cars capable of exceeding 200mph. Its predecessor was the 550 - the first front-engined Ferrari grand tourer since the Daytona. The larger 5.7-litre V12 produces around 533bhp, which means the 575 can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds. Three years after the launch of the coupe, Ferrari introduced the 575 Superamerica - a convertible version of the car with a revolutionary rotating glass roof. The glass was electrochromic, meaning that the tint could be adjusted electrically. Just 559 examples of the Superamerica were built, of which only 39 had a manual gearbox. The car offered here is a left-hand-drive model with the F1 semi-automatic transmission. It was specified from new with the GTC handling package, which includes firmer suspension, carbon ceramic brake discs and a tuned sports exhaust. It also has factory fitted extras such as - fire extinguisher, Hifi upgrade, Modular alloys, Electric Daytona seats with yellow stitching, scuderia wing shields and yellow rev counter. This is a low mileage car with only 15,000 miles showing. It is in excellent condition, so we recommend booking a viewing as s

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  • Ferrari 575 Maranello

    £109,995 £109,995

    Variant name:MARANELLO ,Variant: F1 - Fiorano Handling Package - 2004 04 Argento Nurburgring Metallic with Nero Leather Interior, Nero Carpets and Dashboard, Grigio Chiaro Stitching, Leather Rear Shelf, Air Conditioning, 19” Modular Rims with Aluminium Brake Callipers, Electronic Suspension, ESP, Fiorano Handling Package, Electric Daytona Seats, Rear Park Distance Control, Stereo System with CD Player and Security System.

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.7
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  • Ferrari 575 M Maranello F1

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    When Ferrari set about evolving the fantastic 550 Maranello, the most significant change they made was to the engine displacement, as referenced by the new name: 575M Maranello. The 5.5-litre V12 was enlarged to 5.75 litres, producing a maximum 515hp - up 30hp on the 550. Top speed increased from 199mph in the 550 to 202mph in the 575. While the Ferrari 550 was only offered with a manual gearbox, the 575M could be specified with the F1 semi-automatic transmission. Equipped with this gearbox, the 575M is capable of 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds. Ferrari’s 550 and 575M Maranello were the company’s first two-seat Grand Tourers for more than 20 years - since 365 GTB/4 Daytona production wound up in 1973. They are now rightly regarded as wonderful modern classic Ferraris, combining beautiful styling and superb performance with sumptuous cabins. This particular Ferrari 575M Maranello is finished in Blu Tour de France with Crema hide, blue piping and stitching and blue carpets. Another exquisite detail of the interior is the beautiful rear luggage shelf of contrasting Blue hide. The 575M Maranello is becoming more sought after by the week, and this particular car has the best specification we’ve

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  • 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

    $149,500(£122,186.35) $149,500(£122,186.35)

    2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello F1 VIN: ZFFBV55A420128898 Grigio Titanium with Black Leather Introduced as the flagship of the Ferrari line, the Maranello replaced a long line of mid-engined cars that began with the Berlinetta Boxer and was continued by the Testarossa. Meant to recapture the glory days of Ferrari’s legendary front-engined sports cars (most notably the 275GTB and 365GTB/4 Daytona), the Maranello is an indisputably beautiful car. The Pininfarina styling is masculine and muscular without being overstated or excessively macho, and the proportions are spot-on. Originally introduced as the 550, the 575 replaced it in 2002, and brought a host of improvements in terms of styling and on the mechanical side as well. These included increasing the power to 515hp, larger brakes, improved aerodynamics, and many other minor changes. This particular example is a very well optioned 12,902 mile US market example, which is absolutely up-to-date on its service, having just had a no-expense-spared timing belt service performed, along with the installation of new engine mounts by Revolution Motorsport Inc in Agoura Hill, California in February of 2016 at a cost of more than $7,730, and has

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 12902 mi
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  • Ferrari 575 Superamerica HGTC

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    Rosso Corsa with Nero interior and red stitching, featuring the HGTC handling pack including 19 inch wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, sports exhaust and suspension. 11,000 miles, full Ferrari main dealer history (last service April 2015). Actual car pictured. Call us before it’s gone!

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 11000 mi
    For sale
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