2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello
Year of manufacture2002
The 2002 Geneva Motor Show marked the unveiling of the Ferrari 575M Maranello, and despite almost identical aesthetics to its predecessor, the 550 Maranello, the ‘M’ or ‘modificata’ badge signified improvements that were far more than just a name change.
The powertrain was fettled by enlarging the engine from 5.5 to 5.75 litres, which increased power and torque to 508 bhp and 434 foot-pounds of torque respectively, permitting a top speed in excess of 200 mph. Perhaps more significant, however, was that the 575M was offered with a six-speed F1-style semi-automatic transmission, which not only gave drivers the full F1 experience, but also trimmed the benchmark sprint to 60 mph to just 4.1 seconds.
The improvements were not limited to the powertrain, either. Revised active dampers improved the handling, new xenon projector headlamps improved low-light visibility, and on the inside, the cabin, cockpit, and instrument binnacle were thoroughly modernised in the pursuit of creating the ultimate 21st-century super grand tourer.
This particular car was delivered to its first owner in Germany in October 2002. It presents in beautiful condition in the traditional specification of Rosso Corsa with Nero leather interior and matching Nero carpets. Its service book evidences a lifetime of care and attention and is fully stamped according to the Ferrari service schedule. During its time in Germany, it was always looked after by Tamsen (now Penske) Ferrari in Hamburg, and since coming to the UK, it has benefitted from a cambelt change at Maranello Egham at 41,717 km and a further annual service at 44,316 km in 2016 by a Ferrari specialist at Silverstone.
It is accompanied by its full set of handbooks, keys, and tools, as well as a complete set of Pirelli Sottozero winter tyres. This car is a fine addition to a collection, equally suitable for quick weekend drives or one of the ultimate ways to cross the continent.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/lf19.