Today I had an amusing conversation with a friend who worked on the development program of the 550 Maranello back in 1996. He told me the car was so quiet that no conventional solution worked to increase induction noise. Finally they had an unusual but brilliant idea - they connected a kind of carbon-fiber "trumpet" to the intake manifolds, just before the intake channels in the head, to amplify induction and combustion noise which was carried all the way into the cockpit via the air conditioning ducts!!! Apparently the sound quality was AMAZING, far better than an Aston V12. But this solution was considered so outlandish and crazy that it never made it into production. Apart from this, it seems that on the market the only way to make the 550 louder is the LOUD Tubi exhaust - too loud for Switzerland. Does anyone know of an "intermediate" exhaust system for the 550, louder than stock but not deafening within a 3-mile radius? Would the 575 GTC's system (which sounds VERY nice) fit the 550?