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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. The F1 option offers a choice of either fully or semi automatic shifting via paddles fixed either side of the steering wheel, a good proportion of customers opted for this expensive upgrade.
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. 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 units delivered to the UK).
This car offered for sale by DK Engineering was delivered by Dick Lovett in 2004. The car is presented in Nero with Crema leather. The interior benefits from a split Crema and Nero dash, Full electric seats with Daytona stripes, a Black Leather parcel shelf and a Crema Leather headlining. Crucially, this example was fitted with the optional and highly desirable Fiorano Handling Pack from new. Used as the demonstrator by Dick Lovett in Cardiff, the car's first private owner was Ryan Giggs. He kept the car until November 2004 when the car was sold onto the second private owner. The current owner purchased the car with just 4,000 miles on the clock in 2009. Aside from the Fiorano Handling pack the car is also equipped with an F1 gearbox, Scuderia Wingshields, CD changer and silver brake calipers. The car has been maintained by Graypaul in Nottingham and by ourselves, the cambelts were last changed in 2010. Having covered just 26,000 miles from new this 575 is presented in stunning condition having recently been serviced and detailed here at DK Engineering. The car is ready to be used and enjoyed.