And here is the topless version of the powerful 12-cylinder GT, the 550 Maranello. Never before did Ferrari present two series roadsters in the same year (2000). The term "barchetta" is fitting for this extraordinary sports car intended for open-air traveling. "Barchetta" was the very first Ferrari, the 125 S of 1947, and this magical appellative has been revived, affirming the Pininfarina design philosophy and strongly evoking the world of auto-racing.
The 550 Barchetta is a prestigious GT, intended for discerning palates. Driving with the wind in your hair is an inebriating experience you never forget: the perception of speed is total, the immersion in the landscape restores the physical nature to places and elements. The true roadster-driver should travel with the top down, even in the rain.
Of course, the power and speed (300 km/h) of the 550 Barchetta multiply these sensations and take them to the extreme.
No other topless Ferrari has achieved the performance of this barchetta, except for the competition cars that raced at Le Mans or Sebring, so driving it offers a sampling of the daily fare of great champions. A mechanical marvel dressed in refined, suggestive forms, this new model is truly the most virtuous and desirable jewel in the Ferrari crown.