CTS: 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello

This car isn’t for everyone, some people just aren’t bothered by it which I find amusing because those people usually like the 612 Scaglietti which I detest and will never feature on this site. I always admired the stylings of the 550 before it, so when this more refined version came out I was very interested, then when I saw it in Bad Boys 2 I was absolutely obsessed with it! The noise as the car cuts through the flipping cars, the screeching of tires, the full 270 degree spin while Will Smith shoots out the window and cheesy banter between the boys  – what’s there not to like? Anyway, I see this car as a distinguished gentleman’s coupe with a savage edge. I’m sure it doesn’t compare to anything Ferrari are currently making but give me a weekend in it and a sidekick and I’d have a glorious time setting it free across the harbour bridge deep in the night.

5 Speed Automatic
5.75 litre V12
26,378 kms

The 575 is essentially a 550 Maranello with minor cosmetic changes from Pininfarina comprising of a renewed interior and with substantial mechanical improvements, these included, bigger disc brakes, a more powerful engine, different weight distribution and also an adaptive suspension set up.

The four independent suspensions are controlled by the gearbox to minimize the pitch through the lightning fast ‘F1’ style gearbox. An amazing 200 milliseconds per shift.

The 575 was the first Ferrari V12 engine to have the “Magnet Marillis” semi automatic gear box (F1 Paddle Shift). Producing a whopping 397Kw (508bhp) the 5.7 litre V12 engine can get you from 0-100 in a staggering 4.2 seconds.

This car was delivered new to Ferrari Sydney on February 28th 2004 and is accompanied by a full Ferrari service history. Presented in Nero with Black leather interior it’s a complete treat – great for a daily driver or to use chasing Haitian thugs through the streets of Sydney.

Here’s a clip from Badboys 2. The noises are immense!



James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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