Ferrari 575M Maranello

Ferrari has announced the 575M Maranello, the spiritual successor to the 550 Maranello.

Powered by a new 5.75-litre 65-degree V12 engine that produces 515bhp and 435lb/ft, the 575M can exceed 200mph, with the F1 gearbox-equipped version seeing 62mph arrive in just 4.2 seconds.

Pininfarina was charged with subtly revising the Ferrari’s looks, but alterations have been mainly restricted to improving cooling performance.  The nose has new-look xenon headlights with body-coloured surrounds, air intakes have been revised and a new full-width spoiler has been added.  New 18-inch wheels finish the look.

Under the car, raised channels direct airflow and, together with small fairings around the wheels, maintain the Cd figure of 0.33 whilst improving cooling.

The manual transmission now has new multi-cone synchronisers to guarantee quicker gearshifts, while the F1-style transmission now features a ‘launch-control’ mode to help moving off quickly.

The suspension has been improved, with new fast-reacting adaptive dampers that effectively ‘read’ the road surface and stiffen or soften as appropriate, and this system co-ordinates with the electronic control systems of the brakes, engine and transmission.

The interior has been redesigned to fit with the 575M’s more sporting character, with all instrumentation contained in one single group directly in front of the driver.  New power-adjustable seats match the new interior door panels, and the centre console has been revised to offer more space.

The 575M Maranello is priced at £154,350, with the F1-equipped version at £160,845.