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engine V12
position 65 Degree V12
displacement 5999 cc / 366.1 cu in
bore 91.95 mm / 3.62 in
stroke 75.18 mm / 2.96 in
compression 11.2:1
torque 608 nm / 448.4 ft lbs @ 5600 rpm
redline 8400
drive wheels RWD
front brakes Opt Carbon Ceramic Brakes
f brake size 353 mm / 13.9 in
rear brakes Opt Carbon Ceramic Brakes
r brake size 328 mm / 12.9 in
front tire size 245/40 19
rear tire size 305/35 20
f suspension Magnetorheological damping Control
r suspension Magnetorheological damping Control
weight 1688 kg / 3722 lbs
wheelbase 2751 mm / 108.3 in
front track 1689 mm / 66.5 in
rear track 1618 mm / 63.7 in
length 4666 mm / 183.7 in
width 1961 mm / 77.2 in
height 1336 mm / 52.6 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual or F1 Superfast
top speed 330 kph / 205.1 mph
0 - 60 mph 3.6 seconds
drag 0.336 Cd

1st March 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 Ferrari!

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 the 599.

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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