Thought I would share the driving impressions of my 575 after a 1,200 km round trip from Prague to Budapest.
With my wife we decided to visit a friend (ehm a Porsche friend) in Budapest and instead of driving one of the 911s we took the Maranello.
The 575 performed flawlessly and brought us there an back in great confort and also with a good average speed. The effortless manner in which it builds high speed ( I will not write which speed) is just incredible (I have been used for years to the totally different 911 na flat six torque and power distribution).
Within the 1200 km we drove on the highway I never used anything else than the 5th and 6th gear. The V12 is indeed masterpiece. On the fast turns , although mine is neither FHP or GTC , it revealed a good stability and felt very well planted. There is only one aspect where I am not enthusiastic and it is the brakes which in my opinion are not up to the rest of the car . At low / moderate speeds no issue , but when you need to slow down from higher speeds I would prefer more braking power and modulation . I guess that there are ways how to address this and anyway does not detract from my enjoyment of the 575. I really like it very much and canít wait to drive it again.
As a side note: the 575 triggers conversations and have received lots of compliments (in the hotel parking, in the fuel stations etc). Seems that people like the shape of the Maranello . Have also put 3-4 kids at the wheel and have them photographed by their parents (I think it is a duty of petrolheads to transmit this passion to the kids).
And now the best: my Porsche friend in Budapest after seeing the Maranello and showing it also to his wife is already looking for one himself too. (and this from a die hard Porsche guy who just recently said he is not interested in Ferraris at all!).
p.s. did not take pictures sadly , just this one when loading the 575 in the garage - yes no luggage set unfortunately, it is on the to do list J
I'm happy that you share with us your impressions ...
Yes the engine of Maranello is a great engine, is not the 599 but, however he have a lot of torque and a flat distribution of it, then with two gears you can drive in more situations ....
I like listen the engine sing high then i shift and i use gears low for my enjoy ....
I think also without FHP or the GTC package, is a great GT and also the brakes are proportioned to a normal Gt use of the car, Terry has advised you well, change oil and try another type of pads.
Alex, same note for me: the 575 triggers conversations and receive lots of compliments every where i stop, people likes the shape of the Maranello.
"I really like it very much and canít wait to drive it again" ... Same for me every time
I had the annual service only one week ago, and now is ready to drive, weather and my little girl permitted .....
I'm happy for you Alex !!!!