Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

To appreciate the magnificent 599 GTB Fiorano, it is perhaps best to compare it to its spiritual predecessor, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Both cars are front engine V-12 GTs with exotic pedigree. The Daytona, as beautiful as it was fast, produced 0-60 mph times of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h (173 mph). Some forty years later, the 599 GTB sprints from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, whilst offering a top speed in excess of 330 km/h! Taking its name from the Fiorano race circuit, the Gran Turismo Berlinetta pays homage to Ferrari’s past.

The 599 GTB is equipped with Ferrari’s latest F1-style sequential electronic gearbox, referred to as “Superfast”, aptly named as it ticks off shifts using the steering wheel paddles in only 100 milliseconds. Power is supplied by a 5,999 cc front-engine V-12, producing a massive 620 horsepower. At the time of introduction, it was Ferrari’s most powerful street engine offered. Also included is Ferrari’s SCM Magnetorheological Suspension System, which has been used on a Ferrari road car for the first time. It is capable of reacting 10 times faster than a conventional electronic suspension system, aiding in high-performance handling. Another first is Ferrari’s F1-Trac, a traction control and launch control system previously enjoyed only by Ferrari’s F1 drivers.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

620 bhp, 5,999 cc DOHC V-12 engine, six-speed electronic “F1 Superfast” gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, independent front and rear suspension with double wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, electronically controlled telescopic dampers with “F1-Trac”, and front and rear ceramic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,750 mm (108.3")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Simon Clay

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