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There are few cars that can better the front-engined 575 Maranello, which has proved to be a race winner as well as a production success, but the new 599 GTB is undoubtedly a serious contender. The long-awaited replacement for the 575 Maranello is now with us and it is absolutely stunning. It is also the fastest production Ferrari ever built (the Enzo is considered to be a limited edition model), with a maximum of over 330 km/h and a 0-100 km/h sprint time significantly under four seconds.

The engine is a revised six litre V12, 48-valve unit from the Enzo, while the Magneti Marelli electro-hydraulic F1 shift system changes ratios in around 100 milliseconds - not much more than a Formula One car. The speedy action of the shift is achieved by simultaneously activating the various stages of changing gear. The change is enhanced by the fact that the gears engage in just 40 milliseconds, with the clutch re-engaging as the power is automatically reapplied.

The engine is located in the ?mid-front' position to improve weight distribution, while the six-speed transmission is mounted in a transaxle at the rear of the car.

Power output from the magnificent V12 peaks at 620 bhp (456 kW) at 7,600 rpm, while the immense torque of the unit tops 608 Nm at the relatively high engine speed of 5,600 rpm, but such is the pulling power of the big V12, it will happily motor along at barely tickover.

Variable timing on both the exhaust and inlet cams improves the smooth delivery of torque across the range, while low emissions enables the 599 GTB to fully comply with Euro IV and LEV2 standards.

Panamerican 20,000

A pair of Ferrari 599 GTBs have recently ended a 20,000 mile expedition, from Brazil to New York. Dubbed the Panamerican 20,000, the idea was to raise awareness of both Ferrari, the brand, and its new supercar, the 599 GTB.

A gruelling 15-leg journey began in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, across to the Argentine pampas, over the Andean plateau and through to Central America. At times, altitudes topped 13,000 feet above sea level, but still the 599s powered relentlessly on, barely losing power at the oxygen-starved heights. Following some of the poverty-stricken parts of Central America, the two Ferraris headed for Mexico and the United States, with a final stop in Canada, before arriving in Wall Street in New York on November 17.

A ceremony was held outside the familiar New Your Stock Exchange building, where Ferrari North America president and CEO Maurizio Pariato was on hand for a celebratory speech. The finish line, he said, had been set up in a place of great symbolic importance, as for over 50 years the United States has been Ferrari's number one market, and many of its customers are members of the American business community.

In his remarks, Mr Pariato emphasised that the cars had proven to be extraordinarily reliable having been driven over the rugged Andean roads with minimal damage to the tyres or alloy rims. The only thing the two 599 GTBs needed was regular oil changes, by Shell, which also provided roadside assistance for the whole tour.

The cars reached the end of their journey with minimal modifications to allow them to travel the toughest roads: for underbody protection a 4mm thick aluminium plate was used rather than the standard plastic; the shock absorbers too were raised a little to handle rough roads.

Exquisite interior


The interior of a new car often says a great deal about the care and attention that has been put into the overall design and the new 599 GTB is simply exquisite; no other word for it.

Acres of carbon fibre and leather, the glorious sound of that V12, only inches from your feet, and the highest of hi-tech gadgets you could ever imagine, that's the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

A balance has been struck in the interior between the car's sporting aspirations and the intimacy that only skilled hand-crafting and detailed personalisation can achieve.

The passenger area of the cabin is trimmed in sumptuous leather, while the driver's cockpit boasts high-tech detailing in carbon fibre and aluminium.

An engine start button is mounted to the left of the carbon fibre and leather steering wheel, while to the right is the electronic selector that controls many aspects of the car, including the ride comfort and shocker settings, differential, and shift points for the transmission. The highest advisable setting is ?Race', although one more click turns every electronic aid off, leaving the driver to fend for himself. The seats are also a mix of carbon fibre and leather and are supremely comfortable, gripping their occupants tightly under hard cornering. For the passenger there is a central grab handle to provide extra purchase.

The tachometer is centrally-mounted in the instrument binnacle in front of the driver and is red-lined at 8,400 rpm. To the right is the speedometer which reads to a staggering 360 km/h, while to the left of the tacho is a digital read-out that provides the driver with full information of oil and water temperature and other essential facts.

Magnetorheological suspension control

Unlike traditional oleodynamic systems, which compress the oil in the dampers and force it through a series of valves, the far more advanced magnetorheological fluid suspension reacts instantly to road conditions and the driver's input. This is down to the fact that the fluid used can change its viscosity by applying an electronically-controlled magnetic field.

What it boils down to is greatly improved body control, which in turn improves handling and roadholding thanks to optimal tyre grip. The result is a much safer and more enjoyable driving experience courtesy of reduced roll and greater control when accelerating, braking and cornering.

Aerodynamic efficiency

Lengthy testing in the Ferrari wind tunnel has resulted in a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.336, a remarkable feat when considering the necessary downforce required for a car that can exceed 330 km/h. The suction created under the 599 GTB is now far superior to the lift generated by the upper bodywork. The flying-buttresses either side of the wraparound rear window help channel the air without increasing drag.

A truly great car

The new 599 GTB Fiorano is the latest in a line of great Ferrari models and is named after the Ferrari-owned circuit used to hone the performance of its race and road cars. Customers can also experience circuit driving, courtesy of Ferrari, particularly if they elect to collect their new car from Maranello. The designation GTB is in honour of the most famous berlinettas ever built, while the number 599 reflects the displacement of its magnificent 620 bhp V12 engine, developed from the Enzo unit.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the Ferrari 599 GTB sets a new benchmark of excellence in the world of sports cars.

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

Engine: 5,999 cc 65? V12 Image
Maximum power: 620 bhp (456 kW) at 7,600 rpm
Maximum torque: 608 Nm at 5,600 rpm
Transmission: Six speed, F1-type paddle shift
Brakes: Front 355 mm, rear 330 mm
Maximum speed: over 330 km/h
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h 3.7 seconds

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