Richard in the Ferrari 550 Maranello
A front-engined manual V12... with a large helping of soul. Richard has a go in the Ferrari 550 Maranello
Posted: 26 Apr 2011
I’m not going to mess about here: I love the Ferrari 550. Always have. There are those who will forever associate Ferrari with mid-engined supercars, and yes, there is something spectacularly purposeful about a car in which you effectively strap yourself to the front of the engine. But let’s not allow the appeal of the mid-engined Fezzers distract us from those in which the driver sits behind the donkey. For one thing, you get to admire the engine. Five-and-a-half litres of Italian V12 churning away up front makes its presence felt.
Words: Richard Hammond
Photos: Justin Leighton
This feature was originally published in the April issue of Top Gear magazine