The Ferrari 599 GTB – A close look at this classic sports car’s performance, technical data, features, comparing rivals, history, used prices
from Classic to Modern
The 599 GTB Fiorano sports car had its debut at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show following the decision by Ferrari to discontinue the 575M Maranello earlier that year.
As in the case of its predecessor, the “599” referred to its 5.999 litre engine, and the “Fiorano” identified Ferrari’s private test track. It carried a price tag of $302,000.
Pininfarina was once again responsible for styling this two seater Berlinetta, and introduced a redesigned roof line, and restyled part of the rear section.
The existing electronics were replaced by the Manettino system, which monitored the engine and braking to ensure optimum delivery of power.
When choosing either the Race or Sport-mode, the new traction control system, called the F1-Trac, and fitted to the front-engined Fiorano, would ensure the most effective traction for the rear wheels.
There was an optional upgrade, referred to as HGTE, which signified Handling Gran Turismo Evolution, to improve the car’s handling by incorporating:
- Stiffer springs and a rear anti-roll bar
- Re-calibrated settings for the adjustable shock absorbers when the Sport-mode was chosen
- Lowering the ride height
- Performance tyres offering greater grip
- Gearshifts with faster response settings
- Silencer now produced an improved exhaust note
- A rear diffuser
- New 20 inch road wheels were fitted
The Fiorano had greater interior space than the previous Maranellos, and it was the final Ferrari to utilise a steel chassis.
It was fitted with dampers that continued a special fluid that allowed the driver to adjust the level of damping to suit his needs.
This system significantly smoothed out the bumps when compared with the previous Maranello model.
With a marginally lighter engine and a slightly longer chassis, this meant that almost all the weight was situated between the front and rear wheels.
An option aimed at use on the track included brakes made from composite material, a full harness, and a cockpit rollover bar.
The 599 GTB Fiorano sports car was powered by a 6 litre, V12 engine, with four valves per cylinder, an aluminium head and block, and a compression ratio of 11.2:1.
This developed 612 bhp at 8400 rpm, and 448 ft/lbs of torque. It was, in fact, the most powerful engine used so far, and the torque produced was also a record for a GT car by Ferrari.
The Fiorano produced a top speed of 205 mph, a shade faster than the 575M Maranello, and a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 secs.
It was fitted with either a six speed manual gearbox, or there was the option of the electro-hydraulic paddle-shift selector, which was referred to as the F1 Superfast.
The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano’s competitors included, amongst others, the following: Audi R8 GT, Ruf RT12, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, and Mercedes SL65 AMG0
SPORTS CARS FOR SALE
On the second hand market, a Ferrari 599 GTB sports car in good condition could sell for anything between $140,000 and $160,000.
For Ferrari, this was one of their classic cars
This marks the end of my Review of the Ferrari 599 GTB sports car