Recently I had the privilege of spending an extended amount of time behind the wheel of a 550 Maranello. My net takeaway is that this is simply the most complete, competent car produced in the last decade. It does everything extremely well. So well in fact that you do not realize how good it is until you get behind the wheel of another heralded machine. In my case a M5. The M5 is a great car but when I compared the two, the M5 lost on every single driving related attribute. Compared to earlier Ferrari 12 cylinder flagships, it does not have quite the same level of driver interaction, but you also don’t really need to worry if the rear end is about to swap places with the front no matter how hard you are pushing. The 5.5 liter engine never seems to run out of power and there is plenty of torque even at the bottom end of the tachometer. This gives the 550 the rare attribute of being both quick and fast.