The Ferrari 550 Maranello – A close look at this classic sports car’s performance, technical data, features, comparing rivals, history, used prices
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The Ferrari 550 Maranello
The 550 sports car. The top-of-the range Ferrari 550 Maranello was launched in 1996 at the Nurburgring racetrack, with its title reflecting the 5.5 litre engine, and the location of the Ferrari manufacturing facility.
It was very much based on the four seater Ferrari 456 GT, and was offered in both a two seater GT Berlinetta and Barchetta convertible versions.
With a tubular steel frame chassis fitted to a light aluminium body, it had all round independent coil spring suspension, electronically adjustable shock absorbers, and anti-roll bars Ferrari Rentals in Miami.
There was power assisted rack and pinion steering, plus 13 inch vented disc brakes at the front and 12.2 inches at the rear.
It had a computer managed traction control system that consisted of Normal, Sport, and Off-modes. The system would reduce engine power at the first sign that the rear wheels were losing grip.
This was complimented by the addition of ABS, which balanced front and rear braking when forces exceeded 0.5g.
The front-engined 550 car was designed by Pininfarina, and its styling soon earned it the accolade of one of the classic cars, with more than adequate leg and head room, and a small amount of storage space behind the seats.
It had very good handling characteristics, and a drag coefficient of 0.33. Fuel consumption was 13 mpg in the city.
It featured a beautifully appointed and spacious interior, with a boot offering adequate room to store necessary luggage.
The Ferrari 550 Barchetta
At the 2000 Paris Motor Show, the Pininfarina-designed Ferrari 550 Barchetta sports car was introduced as a 448 unit limited edition to commemorate the 50 year association between Ferrari and Pininfarina.