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550M - The modern Daytona

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by 21ATS, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. 21ATS

    21ATS Formula Junior

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  3. Crocodon

    Crocodon Karting

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    Loving the Fiat Dino in the background, also!
     
  4. NE550

    NE550 Karting
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    Some people may argue that the 550 is more of a modern 275 GTB/4 than Daytona. I think this is somewhat splitting hairs. The 550 is very much a modern interoperation of all the classic Ferrari V12 front engine manual gearbox coupes, and bridges the classic and modern eras. You get a great mix of some of the classic analog Ferrari driving experience (sans too many electronic nannies), but with enough modern amenities and modern performance that you can take it on a trip or long drive in comfort without worry and have a blast. It's perfection!
     
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  5. Bas Jaski

    Bas Jaski Three Time F1 World Champ

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    To me it's always been a modern interpretation of the Daytona...However, an argument can be made that the gills on the side are a nod to the 275!

    For sure it's a on the heavy side....nod to daytona! ;)

    I just love the 550. For me it's the perfect mix between modern and classic...Fast enough to not be slow today, it's involving, but still has all creature comforts. Great size boot (trunk for you 'Mericans), so long trips are easily done. Hell, all it needs is a modern bluetooth headunit, it really is a daily usable Ferrari.
     
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  6. [gTr]

    [gTr] Formula Junior

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    To my eyes its always been:
    550/575 -> 275GTB
    599 -> Daytona
    F12 -> 250SWB
    812 its a whole new thing!
     
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  8. Auraraptor

    Auraraptor F1 World Champ
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    Well the 456 has both the hood vents and the rear end slope taken from a daytona...YMMV
     
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  9. ralfabco

    ralfabco Two Time F1 World Champ
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    A blew Ferrari !!

    Nice

    o/t. I never test drove or sat in a 550. Just loved the looks and wanted the V-12 and gated shifter.
     
  10. robf91

    robf91 Rookie

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    Girl knows her stuff. Sheehans daughter.
    Subscribed. Great informative videos.
     
  11. Themaven

    Themaven F1 Rookie
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    550s and 575s are great cars. But they don't even come close to having the beauty of a Daytona or a 275. A bit quiet, is the best description one designer came up with. But great cars and a cool video.
     
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  13. m5shiv

    m5shiv Formula 3
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    A 550 drives a lot better than a Daytona IMHO.
     
  14. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    It should, being 30 years later. Daytonas are great for building up your forearms, though. Great feel at speed because of that, even if it was worm and roller. AC works better, too. Both brake about equally badly.
     
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  15. sixcarbs

    sixcarbs F1 Veteran
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    Having owned both I will say yes, the 550 is the modern Daytona.
     
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