I’ve graduated the school of mid-engine! At least temporarily, may do a post-doc someday.
The 4C was sold last summer, and due to various life and work reasons I wasn’t able to replace it until now. Suffice to say, the journey towards this point was not an easy one and it has been my single biggest commitment to a car, ever.
The “new” car is a 2002 575M, Argento (silver) Nürburgring paint and Grigio Scuro (dark grey) interior.
As you can see, inaugural gas bill was Yuge.
First impressions are that it’s in much better condition and much better built than my previous Ferrari, a 1998 355 F1 Berlinetta. Part of it is undoubtedly the more modern design and construction (a full front-to-rear tube frame without any detachable subframe), but I also think this car has been treated better. It doesn’t seem to need any cosmetic work at this time. The interior, chassis and suspension are tight and feel like a very new car.
Haven’t driven it much due to work, but for such a big engine, the throttle is VERY touchy at the top of the pedal travel. Parking nose-first I immediately bumped into boxes and water bottles in the garage—this car is best parked rear-in due to the loooooong front end.
It’s also very hard to keep it slow, which you all probably expected. The noise and the torque are very thick and rich. No high pitched scream but it’s definitely musical in a very different way. It sounds more like a Lamborghini than its own successors like the 599 and 812.