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Ferrari 550 Maranello

Ferrari 550 Maranello

Ferrari 550 Maranello

Ferrari 550 Maranello

Year (of specifications) 1997 - 2002
Engine 5474 cc V12
Transmission RWD
Max speed 199 mph
0-60 mph 4.3 seconds
Horsepower 485 hp @ 7000 rpm
weight 1716 kg / 3783 lbs

Review by: Steven M. Artsis
I have owned many cars, some of which have been from Ferrari. But the 550 Maranello was the best car that I have ever had the pleasure to own, drive, and cross America with.

This was the best handling vehicle both in maneuvering ability, speed and finish. I put 15,000 miles on this car in just two years and it never failed me. I did go over a large metal strip in the road in New Hope, Pennsylvania and cut the air conditioning hose that was pinched as a result of this bump in the road.

If you asked me what problems I encountered with the car, the above was the only one.

The traction control helped keep you out of trouble with not being able to handle this monster car but once you released the traction control you are the pilot of this car. Watch out.

This is more car than I am capable of driving and if you are not careful and respectful of what you have under your control then it will get away from you. Unless your name is Michael Schumacher .

I have owned 1974 246 Dino Chair and Flairs, 1998 F355 Spyder, 2000 F360 Spyder and of course the 1999 550 Maranello.

The above cars are all wonderful but the 550 was my personal favorite. The fastest that I drove it was 198 mph. I took this car to the Formula One Race in Indianapolis and the drive back to NYC in the rain was the hardest drive of my life as it was a two lane road most of the way back and it was me and 18 wheelers. The wind between us was amazing and the car was just incredible.

Thank you Ferrari for producing such fun, terrific cars for us mortals to drive.

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