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 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. Not only did the 575M prove to be a worthy successor to the 550, but it also ended up being another excellent addition to the fabled family of grand touring cars. As these cars are capable of topping 200 mph, they are still very quick by modern standards and reliable enough to be driven on a daily basis, making them one of the best Ferraris of the Montezemolo era.
This spectacular example was supplied new in Blu Tour de France by H.R. Owen London in 2003. The interior, presented in Tan hide electric seats very much complements the exterior. This elegant example benefits from sporting Giallo brake calipers behind the silver, 5-spoke alloy wheels and optioned Scuderia shields. Additionally, this car offers the very desirable and now much sought after, open-gated manual gearbox. With fastidious annual maintenance, the service book features no fewer than 13 stamps from main dealers and marque specialists documenting its 29,150 miles from new. We have just completed a major service including cambelts, along with a PDI - tending to other minor issues such as wheel refurbishment and tyres in June 2019.
With just twelve per cent of 575M production receiving the manual transmission, this example makes it one of just 69 UK RHD examples. This 575 shows just 29,150 miles from new and is available to view at our showroom just outside London immediately.