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2005 Ferrari Superamerica Review
One of the fastest vehicles from 2005.
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The Superamerica is a Ferrari 575M Maranello variant. The 575M Maranello replaced the 550 Maranello in 2002 and was discontinued in 2006 when Ferrari started production on the 599 GTB Fiorano. All Maranellos had a front-engine rear drive layout and couple or convertible two-door body style.
The Ferrari 575M Superamerica is a convertible version of the 575M Maranello. It features the first ever electrochromatic glass panel roof, which could rotate 180 degrees, turning it from coupe to convertible in seconds. It was marketed as the world’s fastest convertible and a GTC handling package was available. There were only 559 made and only 175 shipped to the United States. All models sold quickly.
While the 2005 is the only recent model, the name comes from the highly sought after Superamerica models sold in the 1950s and 1960s.
Engines: 5.7-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive, six-speed auto-shift manual with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Ferrari 575M Superamerica convertible, Ferrari 575M Superamerica F1 convertible
2005 is the only model year for Superamerica model. It features an industry-first rotating glass roof, which changes it from a coupe to a convertible in seconds; this innovation is also the main difference between the Superamerica and the other 575M models.
The exterior is near-flawless in its smooth design, from one section to the next and built with aerodynamic and subtle curves for a recognizably sporty look.
With the release of a hatch, an all-glass roof electronically folds into side buttresses, blending with the vehicle and without taking up cargo space. This process takes about 10 seconds. Along with going from convertible to coupe, the glass top is electrochromatic and lets the driver choose the tint level with a switch. It reverts to its darkest setting when the vehicle is turned off. When the top is up, it creates a seamless transition from top to back. The buttresses where the top is hidden also add structural strength and rollover protection to the vehicle. Bracing is added around the transaxle area, and the rear firewall is strengthened. Models are available with an all-weather tonneau cover for those who have the top down most of the time. When drivers choose the GTC Handling package, they get an upgraded sport-tuned suspension and lightweight exhaust with a more intimidating rumble when revved.
The 2005 Ferrari Superamerica’s interior features handcrafted leather trim with carbon-fiber details unique to this vehicle. It is a two-passenger cockpit with a sporty, race-inspired layout. The tachometer face is available in either yellow or red. Though a little cramped and difficult to enter and exit, the seats are comfortable, and in comfort mode, the Superamerica offers a nice ride considering the intent is a focus on speed and power.
Performance & Handling
The Superamerica uses four valves per cylinder with a 5.7-liter V-12 that achieves 532 hp at 7250 rpm and 434 lb-ft of torque at 5250 rpm. It has a six-speed manual transmission standard and a Formula-One style auto-shift auto-manual with paddle shifters is available. At the time, Ferrari claimed that it was the fastest street convertible ever made. It had a top speed of 199 with blistering acceleration. The Superamerica has an active-damping configuration with four valve shock absorbers and six accelerometers. There are two modes, sport and comfort, and the system senses road conditions and can adapt accordingly.
The 2005 Ferrari Superamerica has electronic stability, traction control, and anti-lock brakes standard. Models do not come with side-impact airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ferrari Superamerica F1: 9/16 mpg city/highway
- Body style
- Glass top/convertible function
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