The 550 Maranello was designed with a specific brief in mind: to produce a car able to meet the needs of Ferrari customers looking for driving pleasure and exciting performance, but without foregoing driveability or comfort.
The formula that produced the 550 Maranello is the sum of several factors: superb response to every requirement (acceleration, speed, braking, road-holding), quality of life on board (driving position, passenger comfort, soundproofing, loading space, climate control), styling efficiency (aerodynamic shape, including the sixth surface) by way of a design that combines an extremely modern concept with the best of Ferrari tradition.
The result is a truly modern car embodying sophisticated craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology that remains firmly within the best Ferrari tradition. While style and comfort were high priorities, the fact remains that the 550 Maranello is capable of lapping Ferrari's private test track at Fiorano in 1 minute 34 seconds - a full 3.2 seconds faster than the best time ever achieved by the Ferrari 512, a car that was specifically designed to provide maximum performance on a circuit.
Created in a wind tunnel, where 4,800 hours of tests produced the final aerodynamic shape, the 550 Maranello was styled by Pininfarina. The car is built round a tubular steel frame to which the light aluminium alloy body is welded using a special process. Its engine is a 5.5 litre V12 producing 485bhp at 7000 rpm and 419 lb/ft of torque at 5000 rpm. The car's mechanical layout is classical, with a front engine and rear wheel drive. The differential unit incorporates the gearbox and this transaxle is positioned at the rear of the car to optimise weight distribution.
|Production Numbers||Still in Production|
|Production Period||1997 - Present|
|Chassis Number Range||?|
|Body Style||2 seater sports coupe|
|Construction||Closed/open 2 seater (Pininfarina design) - steel tubular frame with aluminium alloy body|
|Weight Empty||1690 kg|
|Body Size||W : 1935 mm, H : 1278 mm, L : 4549 mm, Wheelbase : 2499mm, tracks : 1633 mm (F), 1585 mm (R)|
|Engine Model||65° Light alloy V12|
|Engine Displacement||5474cc - bore 88.0 mm, stroke 75.0 mm|
|Compression Ratio||10.8 : 1|
|Engine Power||485 bhp at 7000 rpm (= 88.6 HP/litre)|
|Engine Torque||419 lb ft at 5000 rpm (57.9 kgm)|
|Transmission||6 synchronized gears (manual)|
|Reduction Ratios||1st - 3.15, 2nd - 2.18, 3rd - 1.57, 4th - 1.19, 5th - 0.94, 6th - 0.76|
|Final Drive||3.91 : 1|
|Shock Absorbers (Front)||?|
|Shock Absorbers (Rear)||?|
|Wheels||Speedline, light-alloy, detachable, F : 8.5J x 18, R : 10.5J x 18|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero, F : 255/40 ZR18, R : 295/35 ZR18|
|Brakes||Brembo vented discs with ABS|
|Steering||Rack and Pinion with variable Power Assist|
|Maximum Speed||199 mph / 320 kph|
|Acceleration (0-30 mph)||?|
|Acceleration (0-60 mph)||4.3 seconds|
|Acceleration (0-100 mph)||10.5 seconds|