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

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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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  • 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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  • 2003 Ferrari 575M

    £349,995 £349,995

    After more than two decades of building exotic, mid-engine, flat-12-powered Boxers and Testarossas, Ferrari returned to its front mounted racing roots with the 575 Modificata. Debuting at the 2002 Geneva Auto Show, the new 575M offered a high revving 515 hp V12 engine, the refined Skyhook suspension system and an optional state-of-the-art Formula 1 inspired transmission. An original range topping example, this Australian delivered 575M was sold new by Lance Dixon Ferrari, Melbourne in 2003. Optioned in the ultimate combination of Rosso Corsa over Black leather interior with contrast red stitching and Rosso carpets this exquisitely maintained 575M is one of the finest we've seen carrying a seriously aggressive road presence. Well optioned this 575M features wing mounted Ferrari shields, the F1 paddle shift transmission and factory 18 inch alloys with Rosso brake calipers. The exceptional overall condition of this 575M is indicative of the low kilometres travelled, just 43,000 kms since new and its complete Ferrari specialist service record, most recently benefitting from an annual service in April of this year. Inside the hand stitched leather dash shows zero signs of age, all dash

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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
    For sale
  • 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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  • FERRARI 575M Maranello F1 'Fiorano Handling Pack'

    £114,950 £114,950

    Fiorano Handling Pack Daytona Style Seats Daytona Seat Stripes in Nero Scuderia Shields High Power Hi Fi With Sub Woofer Carbon Fibre F1 Paddles Modular Split Rim Alloys Great Condition Throughout 19' Alloy Wheels Adjustable Steering Column Alarm and immobiliser Climate Control Delivery Available Financing Available

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 8078 mi
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  • 2003 FERRARI 575 GTC Competizione

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    This Ferrari 575 GTC is the only one that won a race ever in FIA GT Championship, and one of only twelve Ferrari 575 GTCs built by Ferrari Factory for Le Mans 24H, the FIA GT Championship and American Le Mans Series  The Ferrari 575 GTC chassis 2208’s first and sole owner purchased the car in 2003 directly from Jean Todt who was then President of Ferrari  605bhp and 1,150 kg Certified by Ferrari - FIA Technical Passport  Racing History: 1st FIA GT ESTORIL in 2003 with Philipp Peter / Fabio Babini 4th FIA GT MONZA in 2003 with Philipp Peter / Fabio Babini

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  • Ferrari 575 Superamerica HGTC

    POA POA

    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
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  • 2003 FERRARI 575 MARANELLO

    $350,000(£286,055) $350,000(£286,055)

    --Grigio Titanium Metallic with Blue Scuro leather interior and carpeting, 15,000 miles from new, Rare 6-speed manual gearbox. Factory options include: Carpeting, Dashboard and Leather Rear Shelf in Blue Scuro, Steering Wheel in Blue Scuro, Daytona seats in Blue Scuro, Scuderia Shields, Contrasting Stitching in Grigio Scuro, 19” Modular Wheels and Aluminum Colored Brake Calipers. The 550 Maranello was already one of the fastest cars in the world. To upgrade this thoroughbred two-seater sports coupe supercar, Ferrari has increased the capacity of the V12 engine by 274cc to 5,748cc. With other small changes the result is a significant step up in power to 508bhp. Top speed is now officially over 200mph. This 575 M Maranello has recently received its major service and is complete with books and tools. It has been enthusiast owned, it is detailed extremely well and has only been used in fair weather conditions.

    • Year: 2003
    • Mileage: 15000 mi
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