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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 575 MM F1 offered for sale by DK Engineering is a beautifully presented example with a very high and desirable specification. Delivered by Maranello Sales Ltd in April 2003 this car is finished in Nuovo Nero Daytona with Crema Hide electric seats. The car sits on factory supplied upgraded modular alloy wheels and has the calipers optionally coloured in rosso. The interior benefits from a factory fitted leather trimmed fire extinguisher, Nero Daytona striped seats & piping, The "Hi-Fi" pack and a leather headlining.
The car is accompanied by all its books tools and a sufficient file of bills and MOT's. The car has always been well looked after with a full and mostly main dealer service history. The car was supplied by DK to the previous owner and received a full service in our workshops at 21,000 Miles in November 2012 making it ready and "on the button" to use and enjoy. We are delighted to offer once again this superb example of a 575; today the total mileage from new is just 22,350 miles