Ferrari 575M Maranello, the evolved Prancing Horse berlinetta equipped with a 12-cylinder front

With the 575M Maranello, Ferrari launched in 2002 the front-engined sports berlinetta, capable of reaching the pinnacle of evolution and the highest technical and performance content. The launch of the 575M Maranello substantially marks a new milestone for one of the pillars of the Cavallino, the sports berlinetta with a 12-cylinder front engine, honoring the prestigious models of the past and, above all, presenting a consistent development of the already well-established 550 Maranello.

The choice of the name, as often happens for Ferrari models, is not accidental, and indeed indicates some peculiarities of the model and also in this case, the 575M denomination contains the main features of the prototype: the engine is expressed by the new numerical code, 575, which indicates in abbreviated form the value of the displacement, now no longer equal to 5.500 cm³, but rather to 5.750 cm³, with the consequent increased delivery values, in terms of power and torque.

The letter M, short for modified, highlights the areas in which the Maranello engineers have intervened, in order to improve the overall performance of the car. In particular, in addition to the engine, the 575M Maranello featured an F1-type gearbox, a totally new aspect for a 12-cylinder Ferrari.

The design, which is adopted for the 575M Maranello, aims not to alter the balance and sobriety proposed by the 550, and which had earned it the unanimous appreciation of instant classic, perfectly integrated with the return of the engine to the full front position high performance Ferrari berlinetta style. The changes concern only the technical variations on request: air intakes of different shapes and sizes inserted in the new front of the car, with refinement of aerodynamic and fluid dynamics efficiency, and a new treatment of the front spoiler.

Even the aesthetic design of the headlights is revised, with the body of the headlight in the color of the car and the eyelids in gray, combined as standard with xenon technology for the low beam, with a headlamp cleaning device. The design of the wheels is also new. In terms of aerodynamics, the focus is on final optimization to cure the flow around the wheels, and to define special small fairings that guarantee a reduction in drag, while every detail of the bottom is taken care of down to the smallest detail, to generate additional load and decrease drag.

The 12-cylinder engine of the 575M Maranello is mounted maintaining the 65° V arrangement, four overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, light alloy crankcase, heads and oil pan, and type lubrication dry sump with two recovery pumps and one delivery pump, double filter, separate tank and specific radiator.

The objective set with the new V12 engine of the 575M Maranello is to increase both the power curve and the torque curve, and can be summed up in the new maximum power value, 515 hp (379 kW) at 7,250 rpm, and in the torque maximum of 60 kgm at 5,250 rpm (588.6 Nm), with also an average torque increase of 1.5 kgm between 1.000 and 4.000 rpm compared to the engine previously installed on the 550 Maranello.

These higher delivery values ​​are achieved through multiple interventions made to the 12-cylinder engine; The increase in displacement, the increase in the compression ratio, new intake fluid dynamics and general interventions for improving efficiency and powerplant management are essential.

At the chassis level, the main innovation introduced with the 575M Maranello provides for an impact on road behavior defined by the new adaptive performance set-up, based on an independent shock absorber control system on each suspension.

A similar solution is able to define the optimal damping in all conditions, according to the two choices: Sport, which is the ideal setting for sports use, improving the level of traction, and Comfort, with a driving style designed to absorb roughness. The braking system is consequently revisited, adapting it to the greater performance of the car, in particular in terms of resistance to fading (loss of braking force efficiency) and braking readiness. The interventions made are designed to improve the ventilation of the brakes, and there is also no lack of novelties from the point of view of friction materials (Ferodo HP1000).

The 575M Maranello is also presented with a reduction in the brake pedal approach load, and an increase in the permeability of the brake booster vacuum system. The ABS/ASR system is also updated, passing from version 5.0 to 5.4. As with the entire Ferrari range, the guidelines of the strategies offferenziate normal and Sport for electronic traction control.

The unsprung masses are optimized by integrating the ABS / ASR sensors into the wheel bearings, and reducing weight on tires and rims. The combination of these numerous innovations guarantees a reduction of 1.8 kg in the weight of the front wheel module, and 1.2 kg in the weight of the rear wheel module.

With regards to tires, the evolution includes lowering of rolling noise, an increase in performance in duration, better grip in aquaplaning conditions, and the possibility of using 19-inch tires, available on request. But this is not just an aesthetic novelty, but it can take performance performances such as lateral grip and longitudinal grip to extremes. The 575M Maranello also features electronic tire pressure control, which allows you to monitor pressures during normal use of the car.



Front, longitudinal, 12V 65°

Bore and stroke 89x77 mm

Unit displacement 479.03 cm³

Total displacement 5748.36 cm³

Compression ratio 11:1

Maximum power 379 kW (515 hp) at 7250 rpm

Specific power 90 hp / liter

Maximum torque 588 Nm at 5250 rpm

Double camshaft distribution, four valves per cylinder

Bosch Motronic electronic injection

Mono ignition, Bosch Motroni static electronics

Dry sump lubrication

Single plate clutch


Tubular steel

Front independent suspension, wishbones, coil springs, electronically adjustable telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar

Independent rear suspension, wishbones, coil springs, electronically adjustable telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar

Disk brakes

Six-speed gearbox + RM, manual or electro-hydraulic F1

Steering pinion and rack

Fuel tank capacity 105 liters

Front tires 255/40 ZR 18

Rear tires 295/35 ZR 18

Car body

Body type Berlinetta, two seats

Length 4550 mm

Width 1935 mm

Height 1277 mm

Step 2500 mm

Front track 1632 mm

Rear track 1586 mm

Weight 1730 kg in running order


Top speed 325 km/h

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.25 seconds, and 4.20 seconds with F1 gearbox

From 0 to 400 meters in 12.30 seconds, and 12.25 seconds with F1 gearbox

From 10 to 1000 meters in 22.00 seconds, and from 21.90 seconds with F1 gearbox

Consumption and emissions

Urban cycle ECE 34.5 liters/100 km

Extra-urban cycle EUDC 14.3 liters/100 km

Combined consumption ECE + EUDC 21.8 liters/100 km

CO2 emissions Combined 499 g/km

Simone Pietro Zazza