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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 is reduced to 1730kg, special attention being 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. The original 65º V12 has been enlarged from 5.5 to 5.75-litres, providing more power and torque throughout the rev range. Output is also increased, a 30bhp gain seeing 515bhp produced at 7250rpm. One of the most significant developments has seen customers afforded the option of two transmissions, Magnetti Marelli's six-speed paddle shift F1 gearbox becoming available for the first time on a Ferrari GT. A more traditional six-speed manual is fitted as standard, but with the F1 option offering a choice of either fully or semi automatic shifting via paddles fixed either side of the steering wheel. Both versions boast an impressive 203mph top speed, 4mph up on the outgoing 550, making these Ferrari's first front-engined production cars capable of exceeding 200mph. Acceleration differences between the F1 and manual versions are marginal with the standard car taking just 4.25 seconds to sprint to 60mph whereas the F1 box will get you there in 4.2.
The example we have for sale here is presented in TDF blue with Tan leather interior, blue dash and carpets. The car is fitted with and F1 gearbox, Scuderia wing enamel shields, Yellow callipers, and has had one owner from new, being supplied by HR Owen in 2003. The car is accompanied by a full Main dealer service history, the last being carried out in November 2008. Today this car has covered just over 8,000 miles.