2009 Ferrari 550 GTZ Roadster

If you’re familiar with the 550 Maranello, the first thing you’ll notice is that the 550 GTZ looks nothing like the car it is based on. And I mean absolutely nothing, because Zagata rebodied the 550 Barchetta from bumper to bumper. Up front, the wide and slender grille of the 550 was reshaped into an oval intake that paid homage to Ferrari designs from the 1960s. The massive opening was flanked by two smaller vents that were shaped to mimic the rounds turning lights of classic sports cars. The headlamps and front fenders were also redesigned. The latter are more muscular and feature a big upper vents instead of the dual, vertical slats of the 550 Maranello, while the lamps were smaller and integrated into the fender rather cut out into the hood. This design was later used by Pininfarina in the 599 GTB Fiorano. Speaking of the engine hood, it was the only front element that was similar to the base car. Onto the sides, Zagato reworked everything from the doors and side skirts to the rear fenders. The latter were quite dramatic to look at compared to the regualar 550 Maranello and gave the GTZ a more muscular stance. Around back, the taillights had a similar design to the headlamps, while the reworked trunk lid and bumper were shaped into a boat-tail-like design. Two subtle buttresses added to the 550 GTZ’s unique appearance. Unlike the exterior, the interior remained unchanged. This wasn’t exactly a bad things since the 550 Barchetta had quite the fancy and well-equipped cabin, but it was a bit dated at the time Zagato modified the cars. Also, the unique exterior design deserved at least a few interior modifications for a more exclusive approach. Under the hood, however, the 550 GTZ was more than just a standard Barchetta. In order to make the Zagato stand out, Ferrari used the updated 5.7-liter V-12 engine in the 575M Maranello. Enlarged from the 5.5 liters of the 550 Maranello, this unit was rated at 508 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque, a 30-horsepower and 15-pound-feet increase over the 550 Maranello. The oomph was enough to push the GTZ from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph. Production was limited to only five units, all of which have been spoken for long before they were completed. Each example was sold for a whopping £1 million, or the equivalent of $1.6 million back in 2008.

engineAluminum Alloy, 65 Degree, V12
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement5748 cc / 350.8 in³
bore89 mm / 3.5 in
stroke77 mm / 3.03 in
power384.0 kw / 514.9 bhp @ 7250 rpm
specific output89.58 bhp per litre
torque588 nm / 433.7 ft lbs @ 5250 rpm
front brakesCross Drillled and Vented Discs w/ABS
rear brakesCross Drillled and Vented Discs w/ABS
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionDoublw Wishbones w/Coiil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDoublw Wishbones w/Coiil Springs, Gas Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
transmission6-Speed Manual w/Paddle Shifting