About 2005 Ferrari 575 SuperAmerica
2005 Ferrari 575 SuperAmerica:
The 612 Scaglietti looks better with each passing month and is a crushingly competent GT, while the 575 HGTC makes 500bhp+ more exploitable than you could possible think. Ferrari is on a roll right now. The new mid-engined F430 is gorgeous, a tremendous jump even from the outstanding 360 Challenge Stradale. The Enzo is the only member of the new breed of ultracars that is still selling for a considerable premium above list. It's a cheerful moment at Maranello, despite the F1 season's poor start. The cherry on top is the return of the Superamerica moniker and idea, which was last employed in the 1960s. It's tantalizing to think of the Ferrari Superamerica absolutely limited edition.
The Superamerica is a much more serious attempt at an open V12-engined Ferrari than the completely roofless and poorly executed 550 Barchetta. It has an ingeniously simple pivoting carbon roof that only adds a small 60kg penalty over the Maranello, a boost in power to 533bhp, and the option of the hardcore HGTC pack. It aims to provide additional excitement to the 575M Maranello's hard-hitting thrills without losing too much stiffness or practicality. It's not in my actual world because the manual version costs £191,000 and the F1 transmission option costs £198,800, but at the Monaco launch site, we run across a number of people who have already placed orders.
What do you get for the over £35K extra over the fantastic 575M, then? Well, to begin with, exclusivity. Only 559 Superamericas will be produced by Ferrari, and all of them have been sold. Then there is the clever carbon and electrochromic glass, "Revochromic" roof mechanism that Fioravanti and Italian glass expert Saint Gobain invented. Although its operating time from closed-coupe to fully-open convertible is just seven seconds, the killer technological surprise-and-delight feature is the five degrees of tint for the metre-square glass panel that can be selected on a center-console mounted dial, even though it takes a full 60 seconds to go from almost-black to mildly tinted.
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