The archetypal Ferrari for the modern age, this civilized coupé with the classic V12 engine up front is blisteringly quick. Named after the displacement of the motor and the track that Ferrari uses to test its new vehicles, the 599 GTB Fiorano replaces the 575 Maranello as Ferrari’s GT Classed ultra car.
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 2006
- Origin Italy
- Engine 5,999 cc, V12
- Top speed 205 mph (330 km/h)
This modern sports coupe is the most powerful road sports car ever built by Ferrari. The name Fiorano refers to the test track for racing cars and sports cars of the same name, the Gran Turismo Berlinetta recalls some of the most popular Ferrari Berlinettas of the past and the 599 stands for the 5999 cc V12 front engine.
This two-seater built entirely of aluminium was launched at the Geneva motor show in March 2006. As usual the design was developed by Pininfarina. The lines of the latest Ferrari express an extreme sportiness while maintaining a unique and high-tech appearance. Thanks to wind tunnel tests and numerous simulations Ferrari have succeeded in reducing the aerodynamic load. The underbody, rear diffusor and free-standing C-pillars have enabled it to achieve a load of 160 kg at 300 km/h – a must for safe road grip.
In the interior a balance was sought between sportiness, cosy comfort and safety. The passenger side is dominated by leather, but the picture on the driver’s side is one of carbon and aluminium. The specially developed seats, digital displays, well laid-out instruments and the careful workmanship make an ultra sporty impression that is also one of sterling quality.
As in the F430, the control switch on the steering wheel offers a choice between five driving programmes in order to react most appropriately to the most varied driving and road conditions. This integrates the F1-Trac stability and traction control programmes with the F1 superfast gear shift and the suspension with SCM magneto-rheological controls (suspension immediately controlled by an electronically controlled magnetic field).
The F1-Trac is designed to continually monitor the speed of the front and rear wheels in order to calculate the maximum wheel grip and to optimize the traction via the engine torque output. The F1 Superfast gear system is a further development of the familiar F1 gear shift,the extremely fast change time of which brings out the performance characteristics of the car.
The heart of this successor to the Ferrari 575, the new 620 bhp, 12 cylinder engine, delivers performance figures that have never before been achieved by any in-line induction engine of comparable size. The revs climb to a maximum of 8,400 rpm while the fuel consumption remains the same as that of its predecessor.
The performance data also speak for themselves: the latest Ferrari is catapulted from 0 to 100 in just 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 200 in 11 seconds. The top speed is about 330 km/h. Result: the currently most powerful Ferrari sports coupe with all its many innovations offers overwhelming excitement, outstanding handling, maximum sportiness combined with safety, such as is found in hardly any other road sports car.