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Having been launched back in 1996, the years that elapsed until 2002 allowed manufacturers like Aston Martin to close on Ferrari's 550. However, although it was still a superior car to Aston's all new Vanquish, Ferrari upped the stakes with their revamped 575M. A sharper, faster and lighter GT, set up wise, the 575 features an advanced electronic adaptive damper control system that instantly configures itself according to road conditions. Weight was reduced to 1730kg and special attention was paid to improving the brakes with bigger Brembo cross-drilled and ventilated discs.
Redesigned lightweight wheels have improved brake cooling along with supplementary ducts carved out from each corner of the front bumper. Otherwise, the 550's shape had been subtly tweaked here and there, but more wholesale changes were made to the cabin including an all new dash, instrument binnacle, door panels and seats.
575's boast an impressive 203mph top speed, 4mph up on the outgoing 550, which made them Ferrari's first front-engined production cars capable of exceeding 200mph - acceleration takes just 4.25 seconds to sprint to 60mph. Another benefit of the 575 is the superior build quality over a 550 coming as result of a number of successive F1 world championships. As a result this is reflected throughout the car and truly appreciated when looking at drastically reduced servicing costs in comparison to a 550. Just 251 575 MM's were delivered to the UK making them much rarer than a 550 (457 550's were delivered to the UK).
Just 69 manual transmission examples were delivered to the UK making them most rare. As a result these manual variants have become rather sought after being snapped up quickly when they come to market in the UK. This car was supplied new to the UK and first registered in February 2003 and is indeed one of the rare manual examples. The specification of this example is extremely high and most desirable. The car is presented in Nero Daytona with Crema Leather interior (including the parcel shelf, headlining, door cards, centre console and lower dash) and black Leather Daytona Stripes and upper dash. To the exterior the car benefits from Modular split alloys, Enamel Scuderia Wing shields and red callipers. Technically the car is equipped with a Fiorano Handling Package (15mm lower and stiffer springs, software changes to the ECUs controlling the dampers and steering, red brake callipers as standard and harder brake pads), many deem it to be a necessity to have this package fitted to a 575.
This car was supplied by DK Engineering to the last three owners and has been maintained by ourselves throughout their ownership. Prior to 2008 the history is full main dealer and complete. The Cambelts were replaced in 2010 in our workshops at which time all tensioners and cam belt bearings were replaced as a precaution. An annual service was carried out and new tyres were fitted just a few hundred miles ago at the end of 2011. As a result the car is presented in excellent condition both mechanically and visually. The car is supplied complete with all tools, books and has a thorough service history having covered 24,000 miles from new. It is available to view immediately and is ready to be used and enjoyed.