– just the sound of the name is sure to bring a smile of delight and induce adrenalin filled daydreams for men worldwide. This vehicle is one of the most highly respected luxury sports vehicles of all time. Ferrari
surprised its loyal enthusiasts by placing the engine in the front of the 2-seater 1996 550 Maranello. This was the first time the company had designed a two-seater sports car with a front engine 28 years earlier when it introduced the Ferrari
365 GTB/4 Daytona. The president of Ferrari
, Luca di Montezomolo boasted of the vehicle’s improved speed, convenience, practicality and superior handling ability than its predecessors.
One of the distinguishing features of the 1996 Ferrari
550 Maranello is its speed. This speed demon features an incredibly powerful 12-cyclinder engine that will get your heart racing at the mere thought of driving it. The Maranello only takes 4.3 seconds to reach 60 mph and 10.5 seconds to reach 100 mph. The changes introduced in this model ended up turning it into the benchmark for fast and exotic vehicles worldwide.
In 1999, the editor-in-chief of Car and Driver broke several records for production cars with the 550 Maranello. He averaged an incredible 190.132 mph over 100 miles in this incredibly fast machine. The 550 model also shaved 3.2 seconds per lap from the previous model it replaced when it was tested on the famous Italian Fiorano test track.
The shape of the 550 Maranello with is upturned tail is definitely unlike the earlier Ferrari
models. The designers chose functional clean lines over smooth ones.
This model features a hump in the rear wings, a glass house and tails lamps that retain the circular shape everyone has come to associate with Ferraris. The small rear is higher in the center where it connects to the roof via a small spoiler.
The Maranello also has a roofline that is much higher than normal, although the presence of fine pillars makes this feature less noticeable. The intake is narrow and shallow with an unusual shape and the front fender contains two engine bay outlets that resemble the berlinettas. The Maranello is the first model that included visible front light clusters that are integrated, and they are highlighted by the functional air scoop of the vehicle’s engine.
The 1996 Ferrari
550 Maranello features a stainless steel exhaust system that is completely insulated. The bypass valves located on the silencers at the rear result in variable back pressure. This design element optimizes the efficiency of the Maranello’s engine in different driving conditions. Higher torque with an average load is created by the increased back pressure, whereas the efficiency of the full load engine is increased by the lower back pressure.
The transaxle system of the Maranello contains an integrated differential and gearbox which results in optimal distribution of weight. The hydraulic dry clutch is single-plate and flywheel-mounted. The gearbox contains a three-bearing propeller shaft surrounded by a steel tube that connects it to the engine. The control for the gearbox reveals the classic aluminum lever, knob and selector.
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