Remember the Ferrari 550 Maranello? Of course you do. It was Ferrari's replacement for the mid-engine 512, with a new front-engine layout and a modernized design. The 550 was a big step forward for the company back in the 1990s, but today, we can recognize it as the last real old-school Ferrari.
Back when Ferrari needed to replace the flat-12-powered 512, President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo decided the new flagship should return to a more traditional front-engine design, hence, the 550 was born. Using a 485-horsepower 5.5-liter V12 connected to a gated six-speed manual transmission, it's everything we love in a traditional Ferrari.
Once the 575 arrived with its adaptive suspension and automated gearbox, it was clear the 550 Maranello would mark an era that was coming to a close at Ferrari.
Harry Metcalfe of spent some time with a 550 Maranello to show us how great the last old-school front-engined Ferrari really is. Watch for yourself.