Ferrari 599

Ferrari 599

  The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano debuted in 2006 as a 2007 model in order to replace the 575M Maranello. It is an Italian gran turismo available in GTB Fiorano and GTB Fiorano F1. With an aluminum chassis, body, and powertrain, this 3,726lb sports car is powered by a 6.0L V12 engine producing 611 HP and 448 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual or automated manual.

It took us a little while to be able to report on this simply because we were laughing so hard when we first saw it. Three thieves in Poland thought it would be a great idea to not only steal a Bugatti Veyron , but a one-off Grand Sport Sang Bleu - you know, the one created to celebrate Bugatti’s centenary in 2009. Oh, and it gets even better. These morons then went on to steal a BMW 7-Series and a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano . Read on because it gets even better still.

After stealing the Veyron in Poland, the trio of hoodlums moved on to Oberrieden, Switzerland where they used the supercar to rob another house before they were pulled over by the police in Germany. That’s right, folks. They stole the car in Poland, robbed a house in Switzerland, and then got pulled over in Germany. Guess the old saying of, "three strikes and you’re out" rings true in this situation.

As a result of these extracurricular activities, the robbers will not only have to spend some time in the slammer, but they will also have to pay a tax bill of $522,000 because the stolen cars were registered in Switzerland. This is the point where everyone should just point and laugh at them.

Nice job, imbeciles. Maybe next time you can steal a greater number of exclusive vehicles and hit that $1 million mark!

Pininfarina and Ferrari are two companies in the automotive industry that live and breathe pure excellence. Match them up with one of the most luxurious events of the year - the Villa d Este Concorso D’Eleganza - and the outcome is a one-off model based on either the 599 GTB Fiorano or the P540 Superfast Aperta (pictured).

Rivaling previous years’ debuts like the BMW M1 Homage and the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa by Zagato , the Ferrari Super America 45 by Pininfarina is a project that was specially requested by a client from New York. It is described as a "convertible, 6 cilindri, 6000 ccm" model. While we only have the first details at the momemt, the official press release says:

"A recent and fascinating trend in the rarefied world of top end Ferrari collectors is the commissioning of one off bespoke version of high end models from Italian coach builders. Several ‘special clients’ have approached Pininfarina (and others) in recent years to build uniquely styled cars, an idea that goes back to the fifties went customers like film director Roberto Rossellini had a special car built for his wife, Ingrid Bergman. The Villa d Este is the natural setting for the exposure of such special vehicles and as well as the Glickenhaus P4/5 this year we have this very special Ferrari Super America belong to the New York."

UPDATE 05/19/2011: Ferrari has unveiled the first official details on the Superamerica 45 - another one-off model that will make its world debut this weekend at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. The model will be distinguished by a carbon-fiber rotating hard-top with a rear screen, body colored rear buttresses, double air vents on the front wing, a specific chromed front grille and special burnished aluminum A-pillars, wing mirrors, and door handles. The model will be painted in an exclusive Blu Antille, contrasting with darker blue on the front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser. For the interior, the Superamerica 45 gets Cuoio leather trim and Blu Scuro carbon fiber details, plus the latest-generation touch-screen infotainment system.

UPDATE 05/23/2011: Marchettino has shot a pretty impressive video of the Super America 25 at the 2011 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este were the car made its debut. With the occasion we found out that the car is a custom one-off made for Peter Kalilow to celebrate his 45th anniversary. Hit the jump for the video.

Plans for a face-lifted version of the Ferrari 599 was supposed to take shape in the next 18 months, but Ferrari ’s latest model, the FF , has proven to be quite a hit. In fact, it’s such a hit that the Italian automaker has dropped plans of a face-lifted version of the 599 in favor of a replacement model.

The soon-to-be successor of the Ferrari 599 will be derived from the FF and will boast of unquestioned performance numbers. For starters, we’re talking a 700-horsepower, V12 engine plus top-level fuel efficiency. Other details surrounding the successor to the 599 include an aluminum frame that’s made up of around 20 different alloys to go with some composite panels. The supercar will also feature a multi-link rear axle with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle, a method that Ferrari has previously implemented on some of its past models, including the California , the 458 Italia , and the aforementioned FF.

In essence, the 599 successor is being prepared to be sportier, more powerful, and more track-oriented than the FF. Something tells us that this won’t be the last time we’re going to hear about the successor of the 599 before it makes its debut in the latter part of 2012.

Source: Motor Trend

Ever wish you could race around the track in a car that was produced for Ferrari ’s most loyal and demanding customers? Better yet, ever wish that car was the first ever production-derived sports car to break the 7-minute barrier, lapping the Nurburgring in 6 min 58.16 seconds? If you haven’t guessed by now, we are talking about the irresistible track day Ferrari 599XX and one of those loyal and demanding customers we were talking about earlier is giving one lucky person the opportunity to own his exclusive ride.

It’s hard to believe that anyone that owns a Ferrari 599XX would so easily put his on the market, but some guy over in France has done so. For 1,315,600 euro, or about $1,907,752 at the current rates, anyone can be the owner of a black 599XX with a matching black interior. The racer only has 932 miles on the odometer and still has a V12 engine that pushes out 700 HP at a whopping 9,000 RPM. This engine is mated to the SuperFast gearbox that is able to swap cogs in a mere 60 milliseconds.

Got an extra $2 million to join the party?

Source: Jameslist

Ferrari will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the special edition SA Aperta, an open-top version of the now famous 599 . The model comes to celebrate Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary and will be limited to only 80 units.

The SA Aperta is powered by a V12 engine that delivers an impressive 670 HP. It features a low-slung windscreen, a redesigned chassis. Its profile arches back from the A-post to two aerodynamic fins beautifully integrating the two roll-bars which themselves cleverly mimic the outline of the seats.

The interior gets sophisticated materials, trim and colors used throughout. Ferrari announced that each SA Aperta will be an unique model.

In the official press release Ferrari said: "The SA APERTA is a true roadster which allows its occupants to enjoy the superlative emotions afforded by our signature front-engined V12 architecture in a completely open-top setting. In fact, it has just a light soft top designed to be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad."

UPDATE 05/09/11: The 80-piece Ferrari 599 SA Aperta is about a rare a modern-day Ferrari can get. Introduced last year at the Paris Motor Show in line with Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary, the Italian supercar is the personification of Ferrari Ferrari limited edition madness. In this new video of the car, YouTube user Marchettino takes us on an up-close look at the limited run 599. Check out the video after the jump and see what the 599 SA Aperta is all about.

Press release after the jump.

Despite what many people have said about the Ferrari FF , a lot of people have taken a liking to the sports car. So much so, in fact, that it has already been sold out for 2011 . If rumors circulating the 599 successor end up holding any water, elements from the controversial FF will find their way into the new GT model which is expected to be unveiled next year.

The Ferrari 599 GT will use the same gasoline direct injection V12 used in the FF, but it will be tricked to deliver an impressive 700 HP, up from the FF’s 600 HP. Four-wheel drive won’t be transferring over however as Ferrari has decided to keep the current RWD configuration. The company itself confirmed in a previous statement that an AWD system won’t be used on Ferrari’s ’ultimate’ sporting machines.

Going back to the Ferrari FF , the next version will focus on a reduction of total weight, but this doesn’t mean it will get carbon fiber elements: "The history of aluminum is not finished yet and full carbon fiber structures are still not economically viable for build volumes of more than two or three cars per day."

Source: Piston Heads
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Gas prices have been soaring nationwide for sometime now. As of March 2011, the national gas price average is $3.56 and rising. For many enthusiasts that may sound like the death knell for the cars they know and love. We can hear it now, “No more supercharged V8s, no more twin turbocharged V6s. Goodbye Mustangs, goodbye Corvettes.” It really sounds like a bleak outlook for enthusiasts who live, breathe, and eat these cars (not literally, of course).

Luckily, that doesn’t have to be our future. As many of you are already aware, many companies are making great strides to preserve performance cars for all of us. They’re using new technologies to not only make sports and super cars faster, but they’re using those same technologies to make them more fuel efficient, giving us hope that there will be no end to the fast cars that we love.

That’s where we come in. We have come up with our list of the Top 10 Hybrid Sports and Super Cars that all utilize new technologies to make them faster, more fun, and more fuel-efficient. All of these cars are either on sale now, will be in the future, or will have their technologies transferred into production cars within the next few years.

Hit the jump to check out are list of top ten hybrid sports and super cars.

Do you remember the R8 Racing Edition Anderson Germany unveiled last year? Well, the tuning firm is back with that same package, but this time, they’ve applied it to an even cooler model. The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Race Edition by Anderson Germany will be defined by the same black exterior and black/red interior, as well as a 30 HP engine upgrade.

The package starts off with a body kit offered by Hamann, and then gets a new set of 21" wheels and a matte black wrap with an elegant red border. That same black and red treatment continues on the interior with black carbon fiber inserts on the door trims, radio frame, ashtray, gear stick frame, hand brake knob, and steering wheel. The black components are then highlighted with different red edges.

After that sleek and classy aesthetic look is taken care of, Anderson Germany then puts in a new exhaust system by Hamann and a six-liter V12 engine that has been tricked to deliver a total of 650 HP (up from 620 HP). Described in one word, this car is simply AMAZING.

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and the 2011 event certainly did not disappoint. With over 70 cars lined up and ready to take our breaths away, choosing our favorites between them all was not an easy task.

Sure, there were some easy choices, like the brand spanking new Lamborghini Aventador or the Jaguar XKR-S , or brilliant tuning projects like the ABT R8 GT S . Then there was the job of tossing out the not-so-brilliant vehicles like theMitsubishi Global Small or the rather useless Rinspeed Bamboo . The 2011 Geneva Motor Show brought out cars from one side of the spectrum to the other, and rifling through them took some time. Some may not agree with our choices and that’s okay. However, everyone can appreciate a beautiful or highly efficient car when they see one, and we’ve gathered some exceptional specimens to share.

Hit the jump to check out our choices for the Best of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Novitec Rosso , the same tuning firm that brought us the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Race 606 Carbon Ferrari California , debuted its latest Maranello Monster at the Geneva Auto Show. We’ve been hearing the rumors for a couple of weeks and it’s actually true that they have created a more insane version of the 599 GTO . This car is the ultimate Ferrari of the moment – there is no supercar level (Enzo) model available and if you want the very best that a prancing horse can deliver, then the 599 GTO will have to suffice. Luckily, there are enough crazy rich guys out there for a company like Novitec Rosso to exist and be able to bring us Ferrari GTOs with almost 900hp!

Not much was done to the exterior of the Ferrari in terms of aerodynamics, but the makeover provided for the engine more than makes up for whatever they did do on the outside. Still, Ferrari lore is not lost on the tuners at Novitec Rosso and their paintjob brings back a storied car of Ferrari’s history . The thing that tends to happen with tuning firms is that the original character of the car and the manufacturer are replaced with flashy wheels and oversized wings. Novitec has managed to restrain themselves and respect the 599 for what it is while still getting more power out of the mighty V12. Anything else done to the vehicle is just icing on the cake.

UPDATE 03/02/2011: This review has been updated with the Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTO’s full specs.

UPDATE 04/03/11: Novitec Rosso has released a walk-around video of their tuned up Ferrari 599 GTO. Words are great and all, but it doesn’t beat watching the a run-around of the car’s exterior and interior.

Hit the jump to read more about the Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTO.

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