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2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello

  • 2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello Barchetta Pininfarina Coupe

    Barchetta Pininfarina Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      515/434
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V12
    • MSRP
      $214,670
  • 2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      515/434
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V12
    • MSRP
      $224,965
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2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello Review

An incredible, exclusive limited edition roadster.

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Overview
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The 2002 Ferrari 550 Maranello is a speedy two-seater with a beast of an engine underneath. The automaker celebrates the anniversary of its long-time design-house partner with this roadster version of the 550 Maranello. It is a true roadster in the fact that Ferrari recommends not even bothering with the flimsy convertible cover it provides, which isn't recommended for speeds over 70 mph because of safety issues. Frankly, it's meant to be driven with the open top at high speed.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 5.5-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina

What's New

The 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina is a one-time-only, limited edition model, so there's no new additions or revisions. Some structural work has been done to assure that the frame is as rigid as the Maranello and the performance does not suffer severely from being an open top.

Exterior

The outside of the 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina suffers from the change to a roadster from the coupe. The loss of the metal roof highlights just how squat and wide the body actually is. From the side, it looks just as awkward with the front and rear ends seemingly longer and the wheelbase shorter. It still exudes power, though, as nothing has changed in terms of the aggressive front end or the menacing air scoop on the hood. The unfortunate but necessary roll bars poke up far too high, giving it quite a comical appearance when empty.

Interior

The 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina does not skimp on features. Paying tribute to the anniversary of a coachbuilder, there is leather all over the interior, including the seats, on the doors, steering wheel, dashboard, and even the center console. Everything is powered: door locks, windows, mirrors, passenger seat, and driver seat. Topping all that off is climate control and a Sony AM/FM/CD stereo with multi-disc changer in the trunk. There is plenty of room in the interior, although headroom diminishes when the temporary top is put on. But visibility is great, and the ride is extremely smooth.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina is equipped with an enormous V-12 engine that puts out 485 horsepower and 419 lb-ft of torque. This gives it a great jump off the starting line, as it goes to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds. Due to the poor drag coefficient from the open top, the maximum speed is down 12 mph from the coupe with 187 mph. There is no automatic gearbox available, but there’s no good reason to have one in a high-performance vehicle such as this one. There are a number of performance aids included as well, such as speed-sensitive steering and an adjustable suspension. The suspension is adjusted to be in either normal or sport mode; sport mode will give the vehicle better performance at the loss of a little bit of ride comfort. The handling and steering is extremely precise, as should be expected out of such a high-performance vehicle with a racing heritage. In the hands of an inexperienced driver, the steering may in fact be too precise and could cause some issues. All of this is put to the pavement on massive 18-inch low-profile tires.

Safety

The 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina comes with an incredible amount of safety features. These massive front and rear ventilated disc brakes that are modulated by an electronic brake force distribution system and four-wheel anti-lock braking. There is traction control and stability control to keep the powerful engine from tearing the car away from the driver’s control. Front airbags are standard for both the driver and passenger. It has not been tested for crashworthiness.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina: 8/12 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior
  • Incredible performance and handling
  • Plenty of safety and comfort features

You Won't Like

  • Only 448 made and all spoken for
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Temporary ?bikini top? roof is difficult to put up and is not useful in poor weather or at high speeds

Sum Up

An incredible, exclusive limited edition roadster.

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