2006-One of the more exciting releases in 2006 is this 599 GTB Fiorano.
It replaces the 550/575 Maranello and offers more interior space and
power than its predecessors. It also leaves behind the 575 as the last
Ferrari to use a steel chassis and it completes Ferrari's overhaul of
their entire range which is now all-aluminum.
As with all Ferrari introductions, the 599's initial screening was
completed over dinner with trusted dealers and friends, this time at the
Palazzo Re Enzo in the Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna. By diner time, so
many photos of the car had surfaced, that the Geneva Motor Show release
was almost old news. However, the accompanying ladies at Pininfarina's
and Ferrari's Geneva stands ensured excitement, even if the cars didn't.
But how can the 599 not impress? Underneath its purposeful skin, the 599
retains the same front engine V12 layout which the 550/575 Maranello
line successfully reintroduced, and to make up for its longer chassis,
the 599 uses a 6.0-liter engine engineered from the same engine found in
the Enzo supercar! With it, the 599 is the most powerful front engine
Attached to this engine and sitting in the rear, is a considerably
upgraded flappy paddle tranmission that changes gears in just 100ms. And
if that isn't enough, maybe the 'F1-SuperFast system' nomenclature is.
Unfortunately, Ferrari's fully electronic E-Differential is absent in
At first glance the GTB's styling seems to mimic its larger 4-seat
brother, the 612 Scgalietti. Both share the same front end design which
Pininfarina now sets as the enduring face of Ferrari, but unlike the
612, the 599 has an entirely new roof line and much tidier rear end
treatment with two sexy rear buttresses.
Like all Ferraris, the 599 comes with a range of options, and for the
spirited customers the 'Racing and Track' options include CCM (Carbon
Ceramic Material) brakes, 20 inch Challenge one-piece rims with run-flat
tyres, four-point harnesses and a cockpit roll-bar.
With the 599, Ferrari seem well on their way. Each year they are selling
more cars, and offer increased levels of uncompromising luxury and
power. The next chapter for the 599 will hopefully start on the track
and end at LeMans.
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