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    Re: My first Ferrari

    racerx:

    Quite an about face for rennteam's lover of bare bones lightwieght racers to now own a luxo-barge. 

    It was more a concession to my dad who is almost 80 years old.  He's always wanted a Ferrari and he wouldn't be happy in a racier model.  Also, the price on the 550 has suddenly become much more affordable (even more affordable when you share purchase and maintenance costs with someone else).

    Driving the two cars back to back is interesting.  The 550 is Double the 911 in almost every respect:

    1.  Double the weight (1,900 vs. 3,800 lbs)

    2.  Double the power (240 vs. 485hp)

    3.  Double the Torque (205 vs. 420 ft-lbs)

    4.  Double the displacement (2.7 vs. 5.5L)

    5.  Double the cylinders (6 vs. 12)

    They have close to the same straight-line acceleration (up to 140mph, where the 911 runs out of gears with custom low/close ratios for the track and the 550 has 60mph to go).

    Unfortunately, the 550 does not have double the 911's brakes.  They both have similar size Brembo 4-piston brakes (550 slightly bigger front rotors and slightly smaller rear rotors than 911).  So, don't think they could hold up at the track for long - nor the tiresSmiley


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs), 98 Ferrari 550 Maranello.  Former: 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2


    Re: My first Ferrari

    Absolutely love this colour, love this colour combination with the tan (?) interior as well.

    Great car, definitely a keeper. Enjoy! 


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    The secret of life is to admire without desiring.


    Re: My first Ferrari

    Rossi:

    Absolutely love this colour, love this colour combination with the tan (?) interior as well.

    Great car, definitely a keeper. Enjoy! 

     Thanks!  It's Saddle interior (looks Tan to me - actually called Saddle 2 on the Connolly Leather sample chart).


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs), 98 Ferrari 550 Maranello.  Former: 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2


    Re: My first Ferrari

    Grant:
    Rossi:

    Absolutely love this colour, love this colour combination with the tan (?) interior as well.

    Great car, definitely a keeper. Enjoy! 

     Thanks!  It's Saddle interior (looks Tan to me - actually called Saddle 2 on the Connolly Leather sample chart).


    Hmm, "Saddle" definitely suits better for a guy from Colorado. Smiley

    Well, I guess that wasn't my best joke... Smiley
     


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    The secret of life is to admire without desiring.


     
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