The 575M Maranello represents the very pinnacle of the Ferrari front-engined sports berlinetta concept in terms of technology and performance. In fact, the 2002 launch of the 575M Maranello signals a whole new level of achievement for one of Ferrari’s most traditional layouts - the V12 front-engined rear-wheel drive berlinetta. As with all Ferraris, the heart of this model is the engine, in which the 575 is an abbreviation of the larger 5,750 cc effective displacement which has resulted in a subsequent increase in power and torque, long the marque’s main development goals. In characteristic Ferrari terminology, the M stands for "modified," meaning that all round performance has been improved. Overall performance in particular has been worked on, backed up by more advanced vehicle dynamics and the introduction of the F1-style gear change in a road-going Ferrari V12 for the very first time.