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Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano engine

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano interior

Year 2006
Engine 5999 cc V-12
Transmission 6-speed, manual / sequential
Max speed 200 + mph (est)
0-60 mph 3.9 seconds
Horsepower 620 hp @ 7,600 rpm
weight 1610 kg, 3550 lbs

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was first unveiled to the public at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. It is the replacement front-engined supercar for the Ferrari 575 Maranello. The 599 GTB Fiorano is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced front engined coupe to come from the Ferrari factory.

The spaceframe aluminium monocoque is a derivation of the one used on another of Ferrari's front engined cars, the 612 Scaglietti. However weighing 1610 kgs (3550 lbs) the 599 GTB Fiorano is substantially lighter.

The 6 litre V12 engine of the 599 GTB Fiorano is a slightly de-tuned version of the V12 found in the Ferrari Enzo. But even with the slight taming of power, at 620 horsepower it is the most powerful front engined Ferrari ever.

Other technological innovations that have been adapted from existing Ferrari products include the 'Manettino' switch from the Ferrari F430. This little steering wheel mounted device allows the driver to adjust the traction control settings with quite literally, the flick of a switch. On the F430 it is used to control the e-diff.

The 599 GTB Fiorano's optional F1 sequential transmission has a shift time of less than 100 milliseconds, almost as fast as the shifts on the track prepared Ferrari FXX.

And finally the styling. Dictated by the wind tunnel more than the stylists pen, the sweeping angular shape is a thing of beauty, if not subtlety. In order to keep the engine cool and well fed, the 3-part grille, bonnet vents, and lateral intakes are by necessity, not design. However Ferrari's design house of choice, Pininfarina, have managed to incorporate them into the overall design with the expertise which has made them famous the world over.

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