The new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

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Text: / Photos: | posted March 07, 2006 00:00

The Geneva Motor Show provides the venue for Ferrari's unveiling of the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, the most powerful 12-cylinder berlinetta ever developed at Maranello. This new model combines the most innovative and technologically advanced features ever applied by Ferrari to a front-mid engined two-seater, and sets a new benchmark of excellence in terms of handling, driving pleasure and design.

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano boasts absolutely stunning performance: its 6-liter V12, which was developed from the engine that powered the Enzo supercar, punches out 620 hp at 7,600 rpm and combines with an all-aluminum chassis and bodywork for a weight-power ratio of less than 2.6 kg/hp.

The Pininfarina-designed Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano replaces the last in that great line of berlinettas, the 575M Maranello, of which together with the 550 Maranello introduced in 1996 no fewer than 5,700 have been produced, a record for this flagship model for the Prancing Horse. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano also owes a debt to Alcoa for its all-aluminium space frame, and to Delphi for its innovative suspension system.

2005 was a highly successful year for Ferrari. While maintaining the brand's exclusivity, Maranello worked hard to reduce the delivery time for new owners and to meet the demands of the new, fast-growing markets. The result was that approximately 5,400 cars were delivered last year. This impressive figure reflects the excellent performance of both the berlinetta and spider versions of the F430 and the 612 Scaglietti (834 of which were delivered) as well as a contribution from the limited edition Superamerica of which 559 were built in total.

Further confirmation of the unique appeal of Ferrari's cars came from the fact that almost every car ordered in 2005 included some personalization features, selected either directly from the "Carrozzeria Scaglietti" Personalization Program or as one-off requests. Since 1997, in fact, Ferrari has been offering its clients the opportunity of using the Program to enhance their cars and turn them into truly unique creations. New options are added to the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalization Program each year and its content is extended to encompass each new model launched.

The program was named in honour of Sergio Scaglietti as it is inspired by the same spirit that drove the great coachbuilder when he first began working with Ferrari, often producing glorious one-off bodies for clients who wanted a truly unique car that went beyond even the Prancing Horse's signature innovation and excellence.

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

Fiorano after the circuit Ferrari uses to hone the performance of its track and road cars; GTB as in Gran Turismo Berlinetta after the most famous Ferrari berlinettas ever built; and 599 to reflect the displacement of its V12 engine divided by 10. The stunning new all-aluminium two-seater that Ferrari is unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show is summed up rather succinctly by its own name and delivers everything that this promises. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, in fact, sets a new benchmark of excellence in the sports car world.

This new model was designed with several specific objectives in mind: to surpass the intense driving pleasure of such renowned models as the F40, to guarantee stunning performance courtesy of its highly innovative content and technology transfers from the F1 single-seaters, and to deliver superior standards of roominess, comfort, ergonomics and safety. The result is the absolute pinnacle of achievement in terms of thoroughbred Ferrari sportiness and technology.

The new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in an astonishing 3.7 seconds and boasts a top speed in excess of 330 km/h. However, it is still the new model's uniquely innovative content that guarantees superior driving pleasure, handling and sportiness.