Ferrari 550 Barchetta
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Make: Ferrari
Model: 550 Barchetta
Ferrari 550 Barchetta

When someone says sports car, others think Ferrari ' that is just the way it is. One such car is the Ferrari 550 Barchetta, a 2-seat Gran Turismo sports car. This model was introduced in 1996, as an upmarket front-engined V12 coupe of the kind not seen on roadways since the Daytona. It shared its platform and 5.5 L (5474 cc) engine with the 2+2 456 but was positioned as the company's highest-end model sure to please those with some serious cash. The car used a transaxle layout, with the 6-speed manual gearbox located at the back. The termination of the F512M that same year left the company with only the exotic F50 and V8 F355 as mid-engined models. Although the 550 Barchetta was a softer GT model, it did take the place of the F512M as the company's upmarket coupe. It featured a luxurious and roomy interior with the rear trunk being tall and wide, although not very deep, but it could accept a full set of golf clubs or standard overnight luggage. But certainly more people would like to hear about the car's power than the truck space. Don't worry; it was quite potent with a top speed of 199 mph and a zero to sixty acceleration time of just 4.5 seconds. Years later the 550 Barchetta line was replaced by the Modificata Ferrari 575M Maranello in 2002 in an effort for the company to stay innovative and competitive, not to mention, new technologies had emerged to allow for better built cars. Before however the Barchetta was dropped, the 5.5 L V12 engine won the "over 4 liter" class of the International Engine of the Year award for 2000 and 2001. Over the years, a total of 448 Ferrari 550 Barchettas were produced which was four more than were initially planned due to concerns of superstition in the Japanese market. The 448 cars were preceded by 10 prototypes numbered P01-P10 on their interior plaques. To an observer the prototypes and production cars are indistinguishable nevertheless.

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