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550 vs 575

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by bostonmini, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. bostonmini

    bostonmini Formula 3

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    anybody that has driven both, preferably the 6 spd on the 575 for a more accurate comparison, any difference in power noticeable? I remember reading once that the 550 didn't deliver the promised power, but the 575 had them making sure it delivered every last pony...Styling wise, I actually prefer the 550, any thoughts guys? Anyone else prefer the 550?
     
  2. kizdan

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    There is a slight difference in the way the car feels powerwise, however the biggest difference is the adaptive suspension, which is an absolute delight.
     
  3. Joker

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    I've had a 550 6sp, and now have a 575 F1. There's quite a difference in power - the 575 feels "violent" where the 550 was just fast. No question the 575 is faster - especially in the high end. The suspension on the 575 is... well different. It wasn't altogether to my taste when I got it - even with the Fiorano package - but through my dealer I got an even harder suspension modification from Ferrari. That helped. The interior in the 575 is a LOT nicer in my opinion - outside the difference is quite hard to spot.
     
  4. young-nyc

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    i thought visually there really isn't much of a difference...

    what are the differences anyway?


    thanks
     
  5. zjpj

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    headlights, wheels, maybe some other minor stuff. I use the headlights to determine one from the other.
     
  6. young-nyc

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    headlights really?
    hmmmm...

    can anyone post pics?

    thanks =)
     
  7. ghost

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    - More power and torque
    - Related to the above, a wider air intake in the hood
    - Addition of the F-1 gearbox
    - New leather interior trim
    - New dash design
    - New rims
    - Different headlights

    But other than that, it's the same old car. :)
     
  8. ze_shark

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    F1 box is optional (and I'd stay away from it by all means on this model).
    Suspensions are also said to be softer unless you opt for the Fiorano package. I only drove 575s with the Fiorano pack so I can't comment.

    Interior, especially instrument cluster, is way nicer, except for the steering wheel whose good looking aluminium horn buttons are poorly placed.
    I dislike the exterior changes, wheels look good but front bumper is too massive and headlights look nasty IMHO.

    I did not drive both back to back so objective comments about power/torque are difficult to make, but the 575 has a good engine, no doubt.
     
  9. Garyh

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    I have to disagree about the F1 box. It works much better on 575 than on 360 i drove last year. Just done a very fast run to Le Mans and back,mixed weather, F1 was a delight, handling with Fiorano pack superb, traction in wet was suprisingly good thanks to ASR and my accompanying 993 Turbo S driving friend with 450 BHP and 4WD had real problems keeping with us. This car is seriously fast but so easy to drive a long distance. I can't say how much better than a 550 it is without back to back but its certainly faster. 250 GT grille makes the 575 front end better too. Also think 575/550 much more colour sensitive than other models. Am I alone in thinking Rosso is not this models best colour choice?
     
  10. bobafett

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    Nero is tops, IMO. Grigio Titanio is very very sexy.

    --Dan
     
  11. Cuore

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    Like the 550 in "The family man". It's very nice!
     
  12. Joker

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    I strongly disagree with the "stay away from the F1". I have both a 575 and a 360 with F1 - and the F1 on the 575 is just so much better than on the 360. Some of the reason is that the 575 has so much more low-end torque, allowing the gear to engage at much lower revs.
     
  13. AHMTHSSN

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    Visually the 575 has different interior, headlights, bonnet/hood scoop and front bumper(the 550 had fog lights in the bumper where as the 575 doesnt).

    The 18" rims are also different but you are able to order 19" Modular rims as an option.

    I'm not sure if they changed anyting on the rear of the car as it looks exactly the same to me.
     
  14. mw575

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    The f1 gearbox is a delight in the 575-
    Agree that certain ext colors that look great in the 360 (red,yellow) are not the most favorable colors for the 575.(IMO).I prefer the grigios,or blues or black in the 575.See my profile for grigio titanio.
     
  15. shelbee

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    Joker, FYI,..............

    575M DOES come in 6 speed
     
  16. Joker

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    I know. I just felt the gearchange on the 550 was a bit "slow" - it had a heavy feel, so I chose the F1 on the 575 - which I do not regret! :)
     
  17. theera

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    Greetings, I have the only 550 in The Big Mango (Thailand) and its a Grigio/Bordeaux, with tubi and ecu upgrade, highly recommended. My 550 has the 6-speed manual gearbox, this was recommended over the F1 gearbox by MS himself. He told me that the F1 gearbox should be for the track, manual gearbox is more fun.
     
  18. dmcgill

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    I havn't yet driven the two, but i have seen a video of the 575 and 550 racing around Fiorano, both as 6-Speeds. Both of the cars were driven by the same person, and the 575 was quicker by i think 2 seconds?
     
  19. RocketBoy

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    550 never had an F1 option. I've seen a steptronic version in the back pages of F1 magazine, but that's about it. What do you mean you had a choice of an F1 in a 550?

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  20. stephens

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    The video you refer to compares the 575F1 and the stick shift 550. I don't know if it's just me, but the driving style of the 550 during the lap appeared less than ideal. I would speculate a neater lap would yield a result pretty much identical to the 575 time.
    Aside form the significant interior upgrade, my experience is that the 550 suspension is better and more perfromance oriented. The 575 was softened up in response to competition from the Aston Martin etc. Apparently this was later addressed with the Fiorano handling pack, but it is not road legal here in Australia, so I don't know first hand.
    The performance difference between the two cars is marginal, with the 575 having slighly more power and weight.
    By way of background I spent quite a bit of time with my local dealer tsting the 575 and 550 back to back before making the decision to get the 550. It wasn'ta price thing, as huge discounts were being offered on the 575, which was black with the factory 19' wheels (drool).
    I just had more fun and had a better "feel" for the car in the 550.
     
  21. theera

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    #21 theera, Jun 29, 2004
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    Dear RocketBoy,

    Sorry for the misunderstanding but I'll have to explain in more detail about how my choice of cars actually came. About two years ago, I was seriously thinking about replacing my much loved 512TR, and in my mind there could only be two choices for me either the 575 with the F1 or the Manual 550. Anyway,to cut the story short MS recommended me to get the latter because the handling is more raw, and an ecu upgrade could compensate for the shortage in power. I'll never forget MS's words of wisdom "You better leave the F1 for the track, getting from A - B is more fun if you got a manual".

    By the way, there are 550 F1s...........and other interesting toys at the back of the factory. Trust me I've seen them.
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  22. bobafett

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    There you have it folks! MS goes for the 550! :D

    --Dan
     
  23. Garyh

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    If i had his talent i would go manual too but for mere mortals F1 makes driving quickly easier,safer and gives you that MS feeling IMHO !
     
  24. RocketBoy

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    theera,

    I wasn't calling you out, ( unfortunately everyone on this website always thinks their opinion is the correct one. ) Just wanted an explination and here I get it. Thanks... Now I am more puzzled, I guess better to say more intrigued by the 550 F1. I heard in many forums that the 550s appeared underpowered but with the different suspension seemed more snappy and fun. Living out here in the Chicago burbs and doing any fast driving is limited only to the track and a friends farm out in the countryside, ( as I think you should have respect for other drivers and a place where there are soccer Moms in minivans is no place to gun a car. ) The F1 helps out in the boonies and the track. As Im driving around town however, when I am in the 575 that F1 is actually quite useful. The cabin in the 575 is a little better ( seems more roomy, as I have different seats and layout of instruments more open than stacked,) and the only knock on the 575 inside is that the steering wheel obscures the view of the tach and speedo just a bit.

    I can't believe people actually compare the outward appearance of the two cars. Can many spot a difference between a 911 Carrera 4 and 2? The size of the headlights and grill being a huge difference? Come on.

    550 seems more classic, but the 575 is a better car and how little they have dropped might reflect this, ( as the 575 is still at over 200K and I saw 550's drop more to 160K after two years and under 4000K miles. ) I guess in choosing the two all it will really come down to is price and if you really love the classic feel of a manual.

    RocketBoy

    PS: Anyone know of this Steptronic version of the 550 I was talking about?
     
  25. Cavallini

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    Excellent to hear about the all-weather, GT capabilities of the 575. As for color, I used to think RCorsa was too much for it, but the shape is so smooth, so understated chic, that I now think RCorsa looks very, very attractive on it. I saw one in Nero and felt the shape was hidden. The best, however, is Grigio Ingrio or Grigio Ferro Metallico IMO. They're as chic and smooth as the car.

    Forza,


    Cavallini
     

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