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A question for drivers of the 550

A couple of my passengers have told me that my car is going slower than the speedometer is saying. Therefore I am asking you what your car speedometer is saying when the tachometer is at 3000 rpm. Me, I going 80 mph.

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Bart- If you have standard wheels and rear tires (295/35 18), 550 (same as my 575M) gearing gives you a speed at 3000 rpm of ~78 mph in 6th. If you are that close, 80 indicated vs 78 actual, that is pretty miraculous, because most Maranellos' speedometers read 5-10% fast. Even though the odometers are pretty much right on.

I am sure 80 mph in a Maranello feels much slower than a Mustang or Honda at 80 mph, especially to a passenger. The Maranello still has 120 mph to go for top speed, the others a bit less.

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Bart, altho I do not own or have never rode a Maranello myself, I agree with Terry that it is such a great GT that the "sensation of speed" is not the same as the actual speed. In other words, going at your stated rate, it is just a light stroll thru a park. You would have to go much faster to reach that sensation of speed.

The closest that I can relate to yours is my 1994 AMG E60, which makes me feel like I am going at 80kph but the speedometer is north of 120kph. My highest rate for getting speeding tickets is this car because I just do not realize how fast I am going.

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Bart, altho I do not own or have never rode a Maranello myself, I agree with Terry that it is such a great GT that the "sensation of speed" is not the same as the actual speed. In other words, going at your stated rate, it is just a light stroll thru a park. You would have to go much faster to reach that sensation of speed.
I agree. If it feels like 80, it is almost certainly a lot faster. One of the most frustrating things about any car like this is the fact that if you keep within the speed limits it feels as though you are crawling along; and if you don't, you pretty soon will be walking or taking the train!

I used to have an MG Midget (technically my wife's car - I bought it "for her" as a wedding present) which felt like it was doing 80 when it was only doing 40: I could have great fun driving it without fear of losing my licence. And it was a hell of a lot cheaper than my 550 - why on earth do we buy Ferraris?!!

In answer to your question, Bart, I have just been out in mine to check (good excuse!): at 3K rpm, the speedo was showing 81 mph.

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