Rare and beautiful 2004 Ferrari 575M Maranello F1
THIS week's blog is of a beautiful 2004 Ferrari 575M Maranello F1, coated in a stunning shade of Argento Nurburgring.
Up front sits a 5.7-litre, 48-valve 12-cylinder engine that can produce up to 384 kilowatts (515 horsepower) at 7250rpm and 588 Newton metres of torque (434 pound-feet of torque) at 5250rpm.
Connected to the engine is a six-speed automated-manual transmission, which then sends all the power through the rear differential to the rear wheels.
Behind the steering wheel are aluminium shifting paddles, so that you can shift the transmission manually, or you can drive it in the automatic mode.
This particular Ferrari also has a kerb weight of 1730 kilograms (3,814 pounds).
All of these specs allow the 575M Maranello F1 to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour (0-62 miles per hour) in just 4.2 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it hits its top speed of 325 kilometres per hour (202 miles per hour).
The Ferrari 575M Maranello was first launched in 2002 to replace the 550 Maranello that ended production in 2001.
Ferrari didn't change too much on the exterior, but new upgrades included an updated interior, bigger brake discs, a better weight distribution, refined aerodynamics, an adaptive suspension set-up, a larger and more powerful engine (by 30 horsepower) and many more mechanical improvements.
Ferrari also added the 'M' at the end of 575, as an abbreviation for modified, or modificato in Italian.
The 575M Maranello finished production in 2006, and was then later replaced at the beginning of 2007 with the 599 GTB.
This model had a completely new engine (derived from the Enzo), new styling for the interior and exterior and more mechanical improvements. At the beginning of last year the 599 was then replaced by the F12 Berlinetta, that I featured last week.
Some other features that this particular Ferrari is equipped with includes 18-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires, variable intermittent wipers, double-wishbone front and rear suspension, four-wheel ABS as well as traction and stability control, front and rear ventilated steel disc brakes, seatbelt pretensioners, self-levelling xenon headlights, electronic brake force distribution and emergency braking assist, a leather interior with front sport seats, climate control and much more.
You can currently buy a similar 2004 Ferrari 575M Maranello F1 in this condition for about $165,000.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com