Ferrari 599 GTO Mugello

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

We've been waiting for so long that we almost started to think the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was only the foolish dream of a daily commuter half-asleep in the morning traffic. We've been on the lookout for its cameo appearances in selected auto shows all last year, catching a glimpse of its silhouette in Brazil and hunting down the footage of its first duel with a F-40 Supercar near Las Vegas. Since November 2006, the 599 GTB is not just a dream anymore, but a new thoroughbred designed to represent the Prancing Horse at the pinnacle of what the Italians call Gran Turismo. Succeeding the legendary 575M Maranello was not an easy task, but the 599 GTB Fiorano cuts to the chase and is simply the most powerful coupe ever produced by Ferrari.
In the early '90s, the Italian car maker had drastically improved its image and the reliability of its gorgeous machines with the arrival of Luca di Montezemolo at the helm of the company, along with Frenchman Jean Todt and Englishmen Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn in the racing department. Since its beginnings in the late '40s, Ferrari's fate has always been closely related to motorsports. When its flagship Formula 1 team, led by German ace Michael Schumacher, started its rise back to the top and subsequently won the Formula 1 World Championship five years in a row, everyone knew the time was up for Ferrari to reclaim its title as the maker of the most exciting cars on the planet. A new generation of models quickly followed, first with the 456, then with the famous 360 Modena, the 550 and the 575M Maranello.
The tremendous success met by this revival wouldn't have been complete without the release of the Enzo Supercar in 2002, an exclusive and selective creation named after the founder of the prestigious firm. We would have lived happily ever after with this amazing collection, but as soon as 2004, Ferrari was already introducing the 612 Scaglietti as the successor of the elegant 456. A few months later, the 430 was announced to replace the popular 360 Modena. We had been in love for years with the 575M Maranello, having surrendered to the simple but forceful silhouette and the overbearing V12 tucked under the single air intake in the front. Nevertheless, we have to admit that it shouldn't be too difficult to fall for Ferrari's newest coupe: the 599 GTB is an astonishing achievement in the fields of mechanics and aesthetics alike.
While the shape of the 599 GTB seems to be in part loosely inspired by the fluent design of the 612 Scaglietti, its unbelievable engine comes straight from the V12 first installed in the Enzo Supercar. This is where the legend began: the beautiful and unbridled coupe powered by a massive V12 front engine has been a tradition at Ferrari since the famous 250 GTO appeared in the early '60s. Performances are mind-blowing. Delivering 620 hp at 7600 rpm, the 599 GTB Fiorano rockets from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 205 mph. The F1-Superfast six-speed sequential transmission allows you to shift gears in just 100 milliseconds, an impressive 50 milliseconds faster than the Enzo Supercar. At this level, numbers can hardly restitute the raucous music produced by the Italian engine. To be honest, nothing compares to the sound of a Ferrari V12.
Automatives's Article - Savoir Magazine 2007
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