The 550 Marenello, named after Ferrari's home town, was another stunning Pininfarina styling job. Launched in 1996, it replaced the ageing 512 TR, itself little more than a re-styled Testarossa. Unusually, Ferrari put a front-mounted VI2 in the 550, the first time since the Daytona of 1974. Although an all-new car, the Maranello had roots in the 1992 456GT and shared the same layout of double wishbones all around. To distribute the weight evenly, the gearbox was at the rear, while the engine and heads were aluminium to help reduce weight. It featured four camshafts, four-valves-per-cylinder and variable geometry intake and exhaust systems to make the most of power throughout the rev range. Incredibly, it met all emissions standards worldwide, though some felt it was over-silenced in order to meet noise regulations, hence that Ferrari wail was muted.
Ferrari 550 Marenello Specifications
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