2006 Ferrari 599 GTB

2006 Ferrari 599 GTB
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The classic grand tourer formula, amplified for the 21st century

Ferrari is known for many things, but its line of V-12-powered front-engine GT cars is arguably one the Prancing Horse’s most important contributions to the world of sports cars. With models like the 250 TR Testarossa, 365 GTB/4 “Daytona,” and 250 GT California Spider, the formula has worked wonders for the brand, evoking a feeling of lust among collectors and enthusiasts alike thanks to a combination of gorgeous styling, easy drivability, and incredible 12-cylinder-flavored performance. Such is the case for the more contemporary Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, which stood as Ferrari’s grand tourer flagship model between 2006 and 2012.

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2006 Ferrari 599 GTB

2006 Ferrari 599 GTB

The classic grand tourer formula, amplified for the 21st century

Ferrari is known for many things, but its line of V-12-powered front-engine GT cars is arguably one the Prancing Horse’s most important contributions to the world of sports cars. With models like the 250 TR Testarossa, 365 GTB/4 “Daytona,” and 250 GT California Spider, the formula has worked wonders for the brand, evoking a feeling of lust among collectors and enthusiasts alike thanks to a combination of gorgeous styling, easy drivability, and incredible 12-cylinder-flavored performance. Such is the case for the more contemporary Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, which stood as Ferrari’s grand tourer flagship model between 2006 and 2012.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2007 - 2012 Ferrari 599 GTB.

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Incredible Bespoke 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO ‘Tailor Made' to be Auctioned at RM Sotheby's in Monaco

Incredible Bespoke 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO ‘Tailor Made’ to be Auctioned at RM Sotheby’s in Monaco

Mating luxury and speed in one very desirable package

Ferrari first introduced the 599 for the 2007 model year as a replacement for the 575M Maranello. Sporting elegant curves and high-powered, front mid-engine motivation, this grand tourer checks all the right boxes for a modern Berlinetta from the Prancing Horse. Now, there’s an utterly bespoke version heading to the auction block in Monaco this May.

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Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione Sounds Brutal: Video

Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione Sounds Brutal: Video

Launched in 2012, the Ferrari 599XX Evolution represented the pinnacle of the Ferrari 599 lineup. It had aerodynamic upgrades, a modified chassis, new tires, and a retuned engine. In other words, it was the most extreme iteration of the 599. Even today, the 599XX Evoluzione remains one of the most mental Ferraris that Maranello has made in recent memory. All the things that made it awesome then still make it awesome now. No more is that evident than in this recent video of a 599XX Evoluzione that was spotted running roughshod over the Spa Francorchamps racetrack in Belgium.

If you’ve never heard the 599XX’s ridiculous 6.3-liter V-12 engine in action, this is your chance to get a feel for the exotic track car. The video runs close to nine minutes, so there’s a lot of heavy acceleration and popping downshifts that’ll definitely make your day. As an added bonus, a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari even makes a cameo in the middle of the video.

As a brief refresher on the car, the 599XX Evoluzione came with improved chassis dynamics that worked in concert with an active aerodynamic package that was integrated into the vehicles’ electronic control systems. One of the more prominent features of this aero package is the active rear wing that came with two flaps that were similar to the ones used in Formula One back in 2011. These flaps rotated electronically to adjust the downforce between the front and rear axles. The 599XX Evoluzione also came with a hefty engine upgrade that brought its total output to 750 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Vs. Ferrari 599 GTO: Video

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Vs. Ferrari 599 GTO: Video

The trouble with being a car company that builds massively technologically advanced no-expense-spared machines is that you can only say that in press releases so many times before people start tuning it out, assuming that it’s just part of your marketing to makes those claims. So sometimes the best way to prove that a company really is making big technological strides is to pit a current car against the fastest version of its predecessor in a drag race. And that is exactly what you’ll see in this video, a 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta up against a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO.

Just looking at numbers will tell you that the 730-horsepower F12 is more powerful than the 661-horsepower 599 GTO, but power numbers don’t tell the whole story, and it’s really beneficial to see a practical demonstration. And it is all the more important because the cars are using different versions of the same engine, Ferrari’s Tipo F140, and this shows evolving engine technology. The video was shot at an Unlim 500+ event, so the intro you’ll get from the announcer is in Russian, but all of the pertinent information will be shown in English at the end.
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Rene Arnoux Driving The Ferrari 599XX At Paul Ricard: Video

Rene Arnoux Driving The Ferrari 599XX At Paul Ricard: Video

The trouble with many seriously high-performance cars is that the abilities of the car are quite often on a level far above that of its owner. So sometimes, if you want to see what a particular car can really do, you’ve got to hand the keys over to an F1 driver (or a former F1 driver, in the case of this video). Here we can see a Ferrari 599XX being driven by Rene Arnoux, who competed in Formula 1 from 1978 to 1989. A few of those years were spent behind the wheel of a Ferrari, and here he returns to drive a much newer car at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

The 599XX is a track-only version of the 599 GTB. The car’s weight was cut dramatically and the 6.0-liter V12 was pumped up to 720 horsepower in the process of turning it into a track machine. And though the F12 has replaced the 599 in showrooms, Ferrari hasn’t yet debuted a track version of the car, and the 599XX still reigns supreme in the world of Ferrari track-oriented gran turismo cars.

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Valet Parking Crashes Ferrari 599 GTO

Valet Parking Crashes Ferrari 599 GTO

A Ferrari 599 GTO owner was likely nonplussed when he learned that a valet parking attendant smashed his $500,000 supercar into a storefront in Rome. The valet claims he got confused and stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, unleashing all 670 of 6.0-liter V12’s horsepower. He also told police he was befuddled by the car’s paddle-shift-operated transmission, but you don’t need to be Sebastian Vettel to know how this stuff works. Even Volkswagen Golfs have paddles behind the wheel these days.

The owner was waiting at the Hotel Exedra with his wife and had driven from the Netherlands to attend a Ferrari Owner’s Club meeting in the town Anzio, just south of Rome. Only 599 examples of the 599 GT0 were ever built. Now there appears to be one fewer, because this looks like a write-off.

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Ferrari 599XX Evolution on Board at Yas Marina: Video

Ferrari 599XX Evolution on Board at Yas Marina: Video

If you ever wanted to know what it would be like to be one of Ferrari’s very special customers who owns one of the company’s XX cars, this is a video you should watch. It is a 27-minute jaunt in a 599XX Evolution, the 599 GTB-based racer, that took place at this year’s Corse Clienti Finals in Abu Dhabi. This is the very same event that Ferrari used to show off its new 2015 FXX K.

The video features a bit of outside footage of several cars, the venue and some track stuff, but the majority of the footage is in-car, wheel-to-wheel racing. There is plenty of speed, noise and overtaking to be had for everyone who watches. The only downside to the video is a lack of commentary. Still the soundtrack of that naturally aspirated, V-12 engine is plenty sweet and I have had the video on in the background as my workday music all morning.

Now hit that play button and bask in the glory that is a collection of custom Ferrari race cars destroying the famous Yas Marina Formula One circuit.

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Video: Floyd "Money" Mayweather Shows Off His Vegas Car Collection

Video: Floyd "Money" Mayweather Shows Off His Vegas Car Collection

Fresh off of disposing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in one of the most clinical displays of boxing you’ll ever see, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back to living large like nobody else can.

He pocketed a cool $41.5 million as his fight purse alone, and that number is expected to hit anywhere from $85 to $100 million when all is said and done. So yeah, the nickname fits the man, so they say.

Mayweather’s status as one of the richest athletes in the world also affords him some nice luxuries, one of which he proudly displayed during the recent build-up to the Alvarez fight.

Over in his Las Vegas home, Mayweather has a pretty sick car collection. It’s not sick because of the quantity. It’s sick because of the quality of machines he has inside his Vegas property. Oh, and they’re all white too, which has become a color of choice whenever Mayweather is shopping for a new set of wheels.

Take a look at the collection and tell us you’re not impressed. There’s a Lamborghini Aventador, a Ferrari 599 GTB, a Ferrari 458 Spyder, a Rolls-Royce Drophead, a Bentley Mulsanne, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Bugatti Veyron, and his personal favorite, a 1996 Mercedes S600 V12 sedan, which we assume was his first car after turning pro in 1996. In case your head is spinning just trying to tally up the rough total of those cars, it is somewhere between $3.5 and $4 million, depending on the years and the options on each car.

But the best part about Money May’s extravagant car collection? It’s not the only one he has. He’s got one in Miami, Los Angeles, and God knows where else.

That’s how you collect in style, fellas.

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Video: Ferrari 599XX Evo Pushed to the Extreme at Paul Ricard

Video: Ferrari 599XX Evo Pushed to the Extreme at Paul Ricard

The Ferrari 599 was already replaced by the new F12berlinetta, but the 599XX EVO variant still remains a car that grabs our attention. A bunch of 599XX EVO models were recently making their rounds at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France and a Youtube user, Tomedelic1, was lucky enough to be there. According to Tomedelic1, he had the "experience of a life time" while he was there, and fortunately, he was kind enough to share it with us.

He didn’t just get to see these cool cars lapping the circuit. Nope, he had the chance to ride along is this 750-horsepower, V-12 monster and experience the great sounds from the inside of the car.

As a refresher, 599XX EVO is powered by a 6.3-liter, V-12 engine that delivers a total of 750 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 516 pound-feet of torque. That plenty to get just about any one’s heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing.

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Video: Chris Harris Reviews his Ferrari 599

Video: Chris Harris Reviews his Ferrari 599

We have one more reason to love Chris Harris, as he decided to sell his Porsche and bought a Ferrari 599. If you are asking why, the answer is quite simple: because the finance payments were too much for him to handle. Also, after saying some unpleasant things about some Ferrari models he is now on Maranello’s black list and he is not invited to test its models anymore.

So, you see, somehow he missed driving an Italian supercar, especially now that 599 units have hit the skids in the UK. We would have liked better to see him behind the wheel of a new F12berlinetta, but that beast costs a good bit more than the 599.

All we can say is that Harris is pretty impressed by the 599 and found it rather impressive. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about his new acquisition.

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2011 Ferrari 599 by Team 50

2011 Ferrari 599 by Team 50

If you are in the business of checking out world debuts, you go to auto shows; if you want to see what the latest in the aftermarket scene you, you go to tuning show.

But if you want to see some of the most fancily dressed supercars, you check out the Gumball 3000 Rally. Every year, this event features some of the finest supercars on the planet. But more than just the exotics themselves, the supercars that participate at the Gumball 3000 Rally come in all shapes and colors.

Take this Ferrari 599 GTO for example. This is brought to you by Team 50 and as clearly evident from the paint, it’s been dressed in colorful band of colors with matte black occupying the bottom part of the car with some touches of gold on the stickers.

The upper part appears to be a digitized blue camouflage with a French flag on the hood, the British Union Jack on the roof, and a small Swiss flag on the side deck lid.

We don’t know what the deal is with those flags, but overall, this 599 GTO looks absolutely amazing. Then again, “amazing” is par for the course at the Gumball 3000 Rally.

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari 599 GTO and watch a video of the Team 50 599 GTO courtesy of Shmee 150.

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Caitlin Hixx flirts with a Ferrari 599 and an F430 Scuderia Spyder 16M

Caitlin Hixx flirts with a Ferrari 599 and an F430 Scuderia Spyder 16M

By all accounts, Caitlin Hixx looks like a nice, smart girl who’s got a good head on her shoulders. We get all that, but there’s one thing that we just can’t seem to let go. This blonde is so hot it hurts us to even type these words.

When you put her on top of a hood of a Ferrari 599, then all bets are off. We’re throwing ourselves over a bridge.

But before we actually consider that, it’s important to show that on top of the 599, Hixx is also shown playing around with an equally hot Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spyder 16M.

Give the props to professional photographer Nino Batista for being able to capture these images like only he can.

Nino wants to provide us with photos of hot women with hot cars. In this instance, he really smacked one out of the park. Check out the gallery featuring Catie Hixx and the pair of Ferraris below.

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Video: Ferrari 599XX Evolution at Monza

Video: Ferrari 599XX Evolution at Monza

The Corse Clienti program for Ferrari is one the perks of owning some of the coolest sports cars on the planet. In this program, owners of the FXX, FXX Evolution, 599XX, and 599XX Evolution get to experience the thrill of driving their cars on the track with a group of Ferrari employees at their disposal.

At this year’s Monza event, there was the usual array of 599XX EVO and FXX models to tantalize Ferrari lovers all around, and YouTube user Marchettino was there to capture every grunt and growl produced by the powerful engines from these sports cars.

As a reminder, the Ferrari 599XX is powered by a 6.3 liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 750 HP at 7000 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque. With the extra 50 HP, the 599XX will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph. The Ferrari FXX is powered by a 6.3 liter V12 engine delivering 789 HP at 8500 rpm, which takes it from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 217 mph. It is mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox.

Enjoy the revs, folks!

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Ferrari 599XX Die Cast models by BBR

Ferrari 599XX Die Cast models by BBR

It’s time to take a little break from all the Paris Auto Show related news and talk about something a little more fun: toys! Whether you’re a child or not, we’re pretty sure many of you can appreciate the art behind die-cast models. These small versions of high-end supercars are an adult child’s dream, but this one in particular, a very cool Ferrari 599XX collection developed by BBR, is simply drool-worthy.

These 1:18 scale models are painted in the same Evo Rosso and Rosso Corsa colors used for the real car. Unfortunately, they will be built in a limited run - 50 units painted in Evo Rossa and 25 units painted in Rosso Corsa - combined with a very cool F1 2007 Italian Flag.

The bad news is that these amazing toys are not cheap. Each unit is priced at $475, cheaper that the real car, but still a ton money for a toy.

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Google Exec presented with his very own Ferrari 599 XX

Google Exec presented with his very own Ferrari 599 XX

Back in June, Ferrari auctioned off a 599XX Evo for a cool 1.4 million euro (about $1.77 million at the current rates), all of which was donated to help the victims of the earthquake that hit the Emilia Romagna region back in May. Now, the man who forked over his hard-earned cash was given his prize at a special ceremony in Monza.

The lucky owner is Benjamin Sloss, Vice President of Engineering for Google. He and his beautiful wife received the keys to their brand new 599XX from Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, along with Scuderia drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Sloss was thrilled with the event and said he was extremely happy to have contributed to this cause, which he decided to support as soon as he heard what had happened in Italy, in the hops of helping with the reconstruction plans.

Benjamin Sloss will now be driving around with a 6.3L V12 engine at his disposal, which pumps out 750 HP at 7000 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque. Helping the engine along is a weight reduction of 77 lbs compared to the standard 599 model.

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A Father Trying to Keep a Promise to his Dying Son by Organizing An Awesome Car Show

There is nothing that a parent fears in his or her life more than the possibility of their child facing death. A Subaru enthusiast in England is facing just that, as his 11-year-old son, who has beaten cancer twice, now has an inoperable tumor in his brain that leaves him with just four weeks to live.

Just before the son was diagnosed, Scott, the son’s father, had promised him that they would organize a big car meet at some time. Now that there may be only four weeks left in this child’s life, Scott has decided to post an open invitation on Scooby Net (a Subaru enthusiast board) to anyone with a custom or cool car to gather at a nearby parking lot on September 8th at 1 p.m. for a show.

So far this viral attempt has taken off, as there are 270 cars registered for the event, and several of our colleagues, including Jalopnik, Piston Heads, and M5 Boards are all spreading the word. Even Chris Harris is getting in on it. He cannot personally make it, but he is finding a way to get his Ferrari 599 to the show. There has also been a PayPal account setup that will accept donations, which will go directly to the Children’’s Cancer Fund. The address for the Paypal account is scottharrison10@sky.com.

The Show is set to be hosted at Fred Lawton Ltd, Meltham Mills Industrial Estate, Meltham Huddersfield, HD9 4AY, but it might have to be moved elsewhere because of the growing number of cars registering. We will keep you updated on the exact location if it does move.

So if any of our readers across the pond have a nice ride, feel free to pop into the thread on Scooby Net and register your car. They are accepting all sorts of high-performance and custom cars. Let’s all chip in and give this young man a memorable show!

Also, for anyone looking to participate in this event, Scott asks that you DO NOT mention the terminal illness to his son. They are not telling him until the time is closer, as they want him to enjoy the final month of his life.

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2012 Ferrari SP Arya

2012 Ferrari SP Arya

Hey, Ferrari SP12 EPC, you’re not the only special one-off Ferrari to be rolled off the production line this year! The Italian sports car gurus in Maranello have put together another unique ride for a man with an extremely healthy piggy bank, and this one may just put Eric Clapton’s Ferrari to shame.

Cheerag Arya, a 32-year-old Indian born businessman known as CA, enlisted the help of Ferrari Special Projects to come up with his perfect Italian baby. His new SP Arya is based on the 599 GTO and was originally sent over to CA in a spread of 12 designs. CA proceeded to pick each design apart and put together an image of the car he had in mind. His "wish list" of features turned into a supercar with striking body details and an improved exhaust and suspension setup. Unfortunately, there were no power boosts, so the SP Arya will still be equipped with a V12 engine with an impressive output of 670 HP. Then again, who can complain when they have power like that?

The Ferrari Sp Arya will sit in CA’s garage along with a host of other Ferrari models, including an F40, a 599XX, an SA Aperta, and the legendary Daytona.

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Car and Athlete: Andrew Bynum may no longer be a Laker, but he's still a bonafide car nut

Car and Athlete: Andrew Bynum may no longer be a Laker, but he’s still a bonafide car nut

Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum - yeah, he’s not a Los Angeles Laker anymore - is a pretty tall dude at 7’0", but even with all that length, not to mention the bulk of being close to 300 lbs, the 24-year old certainly has a pretty strong affinity for top-of-the-line supercars.

As we previously showed in the last installment of Car and Athlete, athletes with this kind of financial security have become more adept at splurging their dollars on something as insatiably satisfying as a limited edition model. Andrew Bynum fits into this mold because the man is more than just a highly-paid basketball player; he’s got the garage to back it up too.

So have you ever wondered what kind of cars Bynum has in his garage? True to his reputation as one of the most popular auto enthusiasts in the world, Bynum’s list of cars run long and impressive.

Find out what kind of cars Andrew Bynum has tried to fit his seven-foot frame into after the jump.

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Hot Chicks and Hot Cars, `Nuff Said...

Hot Chicks and Hot Cars, `Nuff Said...

You know we love hot cars because we write about them all day every day. Well, when we catch hot women driving hot cars, that just makes our trek toward the weekend all the more fun. Mr. Smee150 has blessed both our eyes and ears with a plethora of rather well-built women whipping some just as well put together cars.

This all takes place in Monaco, AKA the land where even a janitor drives a new Audi, in July. The array of cars include a Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster , Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari California, Bentley Continental GT, Gemballa Porsche 911, Maserati Grancabrio, Bentley Azure, Mansory Stallone Ferrari 599 GTB (my personal favorite), and an Aston Martin DBS Volante.

What a list that is. I just wish we could find out who each woman driving each car is and how exactly she got her hands on it. We’d also like to find out which ones are single and would like a strapping young American lad... For, umm, my friend...Yeah! My friend wants to know.

Enjoy!

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Supercar Frankenstein: Piecing Together the Ultimate Supercar

Supercar Frankenstein: Piecing Together the Ultimate Supercar

Every car nut has daydreamed about building a car. Hell, we do on a daily basis, and building one in real life would cost more money than we could ever imagine having in our checking accounts. Let’s suspend reality for a tick here and imagine that someone handed you a blank check and asked for you to build the ultimate supercar.

Well, we are going to go over all of the supercars and lay out what pieces from which cars would come together to create the ultimate supercar Frankenstein. Now, there are some rules here. We have to make sure things are feasible. Things like slapping a W-16 Veyron engine into a Lotus Elise will not work, therefore it flat out can’t be done.

We’ll review our favorites in each of the three major categories — body and chassis, engine, and transmission — and end it all up by giving you our estimated specifications for our new vehicle.

Click past the jump to experience our build.

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2012 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 by Kahn Design

2012 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 by Kahn Design

Now that Ferrari has officially unveiled the F12 Berlinetta, the world has sort of forgotten about the 599 GTB Fiorano, but Kahn Design hasn’t. They created a very cool tuning package based on the "old" GTB.

Their Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 is painted in a nero daytona couture partnered with the a complete aerodynamic package. This package includes new front and rear sections, ceramic brakes, wing shields, an upgraded F1 gearbox, and yellow brake calipers. The tuner also added a new set of 9×21" front and 12×22" Monza forged wheels that can be finished in any color the customer chooses.

As usual, the interior is also highly customizable with a plethora of updates the tuner has at its disposal. They have also thrown in a new set of nero Daytona leather electric sports seats to tie in the exterior.

If you are interested, this Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 can be yours for £88.875, about $140,000 at the current exchange rates.

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Video: Ferrari 599XX EVO goes for a ride around the Fiorano racetrack

Video: Ferrari 599XX EVO goes for a ride around the Fiorano racetrack

YouTube member, Marchettino, has been pretty busy these past few days. A couple of days ago, we brought you a video he shot for the upcoming Pagani Zonda R Evo, and now he has headed over to Italy to the famous Fiorano racetrack. This is where he caught the very impressive 599XX Evo - a model that was previously auctioned for an impressive $1.77 million.

All you have to do is watch this video to reaffirm just how cool this car really is, but make sure you turn up the speakers and listen to the loud accelerations and downshifts!

As a reminder, the 599XX EVO is powered by a 6.3 liter V12 engine that delivers an impressive 750 HP at 7000 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque. So, you can only imagine just how amazing this car sounds!

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2012 Ferrari 599 GTX by SP Engineering and ADV.1 Wheels

2012 Ferrari 599 GTX by SP Engineering and ADV.1 Wheels

In their latest joint venture into the tuning world, ADV.1 wheels recently joined forces with SP Engineering to take a standard Ferrari 599 GTB and turn it into one of the most spectacular 599’s we’ve ever seen, with the newly announced 599 GTX.

Riding on incredible ADV15 Track Spec wheels which, as the name suggests, host an awesome 15-spoke design with matte bronze centers and an advanced three-piece construction. Created from forged aluminum, the ADV15 Track Spec wheels and the 599 GTX is set to replace the Novitec Ferrari F430 owned by ADV.1 Head Designer and President, Jordan Swerdloff.

Rather than completely overhauling the Ferrari’s standard, and already impressive 6.0-liter V-12 engine, SP Engineering have installed their GTX bodykit which features a carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts a small spoiler lip with a titanium exhaust system. Finishing off the set up are upgrades to both the suspension system and ECU unit.

Head to the gallery to check out the incredible array of photos released with this launch!

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Ferrari 599XX Evo auctioned for $1.77 million

A few weeks ago, we reported that Ferrari will auction off a 599XX Evo with all the proceeds being used to help the victims of the recent Italian earthquake. Now, the company has announced the results of the online auction: an impressive 1.8 million euro ($2.28 million) were raised, with 1.4 million euro ($1.77 million) coming from the sale of the 599XX.

Ferrari hasn’t announced who the lucky client that acquired this impressive model was, but they did announce that it was an American client. The model will come with a plaque signed by Chairman Luca di Montezemolo and Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

"A pole position result: I knew I could count on the big-heartedness of the Ferraristi but they’ve still managed to surprise me once again," declared Ferrari Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo. "I would like to thank all the clients, collectors and enthusiasts that did their bit. Their bids have sent out a message of warmth and solidarity to the people in our region affected by this tragedy."

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Photo of the Week: Ferrari 599 GTO shot in Belgium

Photo of the Week: Ferrari 599 GTO shot in Belgium

An incredible picture of a Ferrari 599 GTO has already made its way into our ‘Photo of the Week’ a couple of weeks back, and even though the latest addition to our weekly promotion of stunning car photography features the same car, the following GTO shot by Willem Rodenburg showcases Ferrari’s fastest production car from a completely different angle.

Shot in a desolate forest in Brasschaet, Antwerp, Belgium the 599 GTO is showcased from a high-angle which helps to capture the aggressive stance of the car, while the light bursting through the trees directly behind the car help to create one of our very favorite GTO photos.

Being Ferrari’s fastest production car produced to date, and despite the upcoming F70 set to supersede the old Enzo and the 599 GTO, it still produces an impressive 660HP at 8,250 rpm and 457lb-ft of torque thanks to the 6.0-liter V12 engine directly behind the front axle.

As a result, the 599 GTO can launch to 62 mph in less than 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 208 mph.

Be sure to check out Rodenburg’s facebook and flickr pages!

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Photo of the Week: Stunning Ferrari 599 GTO in Saudi Arabia

Photo of the Week: Stunning Ferrari 599 GTO in Saudi Arabia

Now that we’ve got your attention with the following incredible picture of the world’s first Ferrari 599 GTO, let’s have a little look back at the history of the GTO name.

The GTO name dates back to the 60’s when Ferrari released the 250 GTO. This awesome piece of machinery was produced after FIA rules for sports car racing stipulated that at least 100 road-going examples needed to be produced before Ferrari could go racing. However, Ferrari never actually produced 100 250 GTO’s and only ever produced 39 GTO’s. Ferrari got around this by numbering the chassis’ numbers out of sequence. They also produced fake documentation of cars that did not exist.

In 1984, the successor to the 250 GTO was released called the 288 GTO. Unlike the 250 GTO before it, it was mid-engined where the 250 was front-engined. Just like the 250, the road-going version of the 288 GTO was built because the Group B Race Series said that 200 examples needed to be made, before Ferrari could go racing. Sadly, Ferrari abandoned the series before they even took part in a single race. Between 1984 and 1985, a total of 277 were manufactured including 5 special 288 GTO Evoluzione models.

The Ferrari 599 GTO is the third member of the GTO family, and the above picture was taken by Tareq Abuhajjaj in late 2010, and was actually the first ever production 599 GTO to hit the market. Sporting a stunning black paint job, with a selection of red accents including bright red brake calipers and wing mirrors, it’s unquestionably one of the most extreme GTO’s we’ve seen to date.

Featuring an incredibly impressive 6.0-liter V12 engine based upon the unit fitted to the 599XX, the GTO pumps out 660HP at a screaming 8,250rpm and 457lb-ft of torque helping the car launch to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and onto a top speed of over 208 mph.

Thanks to Tareq for letting us use this stunning photo, and be sure to check out his personal website and come back next week for the next ‘Photo of the Week.’

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A Ferrari 599XX Evo will be auctioned off for earthquake victims

On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Northern Italy, leaving behind a number of victims, including Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Maserati who had to stop production because their production plants are just 25 miles away from the center of the quake. Even more detrimental is the fact that 17 people were killed and another 350 were injured) during this natural disaster, but Ferrari is doing what they can to help the victims left behind.

In order to help the victims of the earthquake, Ferrari will hold an auction next week, with the most important unit on the block being a 599XX Evo, the extreme, non-homologated sports berlinetta with a commercial value of €1.3 million (about $1.6 million).

Next to 599XX, the auction will include a number of Formula 1 items, including a V8 engine, racing suits and helmets donated by the Scuderia’s drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, and numerous memorabilia items from the works racing cars from past seasons. The Online Ferrari Store will also dedicate a section to this event, where customers will have the opportunity to purchase auction items, including Prancing Horse watches.

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Video: Ferrari 599XX and FXX at Monza, Italy

Video: Ferrari 599XX and FXX at Monza, Italy

A few days ago, there was a pretty cool picture gallery released featuring the Ferrari 599XX Evo at the opening round to the European Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli at Monza. Today, Youtube user Shmee150 is offering up an equally cool video shot at the same event.

The stars of his video are a series of 599XX, 599XX Evo, and FXX models presented at the event. It shows behind the scenes shots and shots in and around the paddock before the cars headed out and blasted away. These are coupled with numerous clips of flybys, epic downshifts, the glowing brakes, and plenty of eye candy!

Their next stop was at California’s Laguna Seca circuit, a few miles from the attractions of Monterey, which hosted the third Ferrari Racing Days of the season on May 20, 2012.

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Video: Ferrari 599XX Evolution at Monza

Video: Ferrari 599XX Evolution at Monza

With 750 HP under its hood, the Ferrari 599XX Evolution is definitely a car that is noticed on the track. And if you’ve never heard it, here’s your chance to get a peek at what it can do. as well as hear the growl snaking its way out of the exhaust. This video was recently shot at the Monza racetrack and features the Ferrari 599XX EVO Evolution in action with start up, loud accelerations, fast fly bys, and amazing downshifts on the track!

As a reminder, the 599XX Evo is powered by a 6.3L V12 engine with an output of 750 HP at 7000 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque. It features improved chassis and an amazing exterior package to improve the car’s aerodynamics.

Expect to see more videos like this in the future because the 599XX Evo will be used for the 2012-2013 racing season!

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Three die in horrific Singapore crash involving Ferrari 599 GTO

Three die in horrific Singapore crash involving Ferrari 599 GTO

Despite their often feather-light bodies and extreme powerful engines, supercars are some of the safest cars on the planet thanks in part to the extensive use of composite materials, such as carbon fiber. However, no amount of safety can save people from recklessness as highlighted in the following crash which occurred recently in Singapore.

The Ferrari 599 GTO, which is the fastest car ever produced by Ferrari, was being driven by local businessman Ma Chi when it collided with a taxi after the GTO ran a red light, killing the taxi driver, taxi passenger, and Ma Chi himself.

A motorcycle was also involved in the incident with the rider escaping with serious spinal injuries, while the 20-year-old female passenger from the Ferrari suffered head injuries and was treated on the scene. As you would expect, the scene of the crash was littered with debris and the most surprising thing to come out of this crash is that it all seems to have been caught on tape.

A GIF image reportedly showing the Ferrari running a red light and hitting the taxi was posted on Twitter and soon converted into a YouTube video which you can see after the jump.

It’s currently unclear if alcohol was involved in the incident, but whatever caused the crash, three people have died and 2 others have been seriously injured so no amount of inquests or autopsies will ever heal the wounds of those who lost loved ones in this traumatic crash.

The moral of this story is extremely clear: Never run red lights and always drive responsibly.

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2012 Ferrari 599XX Evolution

2012 Ferrari 599XX Evolution

There’s no better way to mark the end of production for the most extreme Ferrari 599 ever built then to give it a kickass special edition, and Ferrari is doing just that with the 599XX Evolution. The new Evolution package boasts of aerodynamic advancements, as well as a boost in power, and will be available to clients participating in the track-based research and development program for the 2012-2013 seasons.

The new 599XX Evolution features improved chassis dynamics thanks to an active aerodynamic package integrated with the vehicles’ electronic control systems and the adoption of new Pirelli tires. The new aero package uses an active rear wing that features two flaps, with profiles similar to those used in Formula 1, which rotate electronically to adjust the downforce between the front and rear axles in function of vehicle speed and the maneuver being effected.

The most impressive feature, however, is the addition of an extra 50 HP for the 599XX’s 6.3L V12 engine. This addition brings the 599XX’s total power up to 750 HP at 7000 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque. Helping the engine along is a weight reduction of 77 lbs compared to the standard model.

UPDATE 12/02/2011: Thanks to Marchettino, we now have a video of the 599XX Evo when it debuted at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show. Hit the jump to check it out!

UPDATE 05/13/2012: Ferrari has just dropped a new set of images featuring the 599XX at the opening round to the European Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli at Monza. Its next stop will be at California’s Laguna Seca circuit, a few miles from the attractions of Monterey, which will host the third Ferrari Racing Days of the season on May 20, 2012.

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2012 Ferrari 599-VX Coupe by Vorsteiner

2012 Ferrari 599-VX Coupe by Vorsteiner

Last year, American tuner Vorsteiner presented a package for the Ferrari 599 called the "599-VX." Fast forward to today and they’ve come out with a new program for the mighty Italian supercar, only this time they chose to name it the "599-VX Coupe."

While not as audacious as their previous program, the 599-VX Coupe still features a host of new aerodynamic improvements, including the extensive use of carbon fiber on the entire body kit, shaving off 70% of the weight that the replaced stock components would have otherwise carried.

For the kit, Vorsteiner is offering a new font bumper fascia, an integrated chin spoiler, a new bonnet with carbon fiber vents, side sill extension blades, and a rear bumper fascia with an integrated rear diffuser. Rounding out the program is a stainless steel race exhaust system with brushed tips and a new set of 1-piece forged Monoblock wheels that Vorsteiner specifically made for the Ferrari 599.

No engine upgrades are being offered, which means that you’re going to be "stuck" with the 599’s V12 engine and its 670-horsepower output. Then again, 670 horsepower is enough output for us on its own.

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2012 Ferrari 599 GTO by Romeo Ferraris

2012 Ferrari 599 GTO by Romeo Ferraris

Italian tuning firm, Romeo Ferraris, is back for another installment of "tuning car awesomeness" and for their next program, they have reached for the mightiest of the mighty in the Ferrari 599 GTO.

It certainly goes without saying that the 599 GTO is considered one of the finest vehicles to ever come out of Maranello and the boys over at Romeo Ferraris are quick to give the mighty Italian supercar even more juice than it already has.

We all know that the 599 GTO comes with a V12 engine that churns out a staggering 670 horsepower at 8,250 rpm with a maximum torque of 457 lb/ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. Knowing all that, Romeo Ferraris still saw fit to give the 599 GTO a number of performance upgrades. For the stage 1 program, the Italian tuner added a new sports air filter and a new exhaust on the car, giving the 599 GTO an extra 15 ponies and 9 lb/ft of torque. On top of that, Romeo Ferraris also has a stage 2 program that includes a remapped ECU and a new exhaust system, further adding 40 more horsepower and 35 lb/ft of torque.

All told, Romeo Ferraris’ program for the 599 GTO results in the supercar now possessing 710 horsepower and 492 lb/ft of torque. Mighty meaty, indeed!

To fit into everything they did under the supercar’s hood, the Italian tuner also mixed in a number of special carbon fiber components to customize the 599 GTO’s front splitter, mirrors, and rear diffuser.

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Tamara Ecclestone and her Ferrari 599 GTO

Tamara Ecclestone and her Ferrari 599 GTO

The love of fast cars must run through the Ecclestone blood line. Not only is billionaire Bernie Ecclestone the president and CEO of Formula One, but in a not-so-surprising turn, his daughter seems to love them just as much. These images show off a sexy Tamara Ecclestone as she poses next to her $600K Ferrari 599 GTO. It’s not the new F12Berlinetta, but the 599 still knows how to command attention, as does Ms. Ecclestone.

Aside from a love of fast cars, Tamara has also inherited her father’s business sense, but she has a little more to play with than dear old Dad. These images were released to promote her new reality TV show, Billionaire SS Girl on Channel V- yes, everyone now has a reality TV show - and show off just how compatible the 599’s sleek body is with hers.

The Ferrari 599 GTO is powered by a V12 engine delivering a total of 670 HP at 8250 rpm with a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm. It rockets the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.35 seconds, while top speed goes up to 208 mph. It is limited to only 599 units.

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Video: Ferrari 599XX Evolution Gets First Shakedown In Suzuka

Video: Ferrari 599XX Evolution Gets First Shakedown In Suzuka

While some people still try to decide whether or not the new Ferrari F12berlinetta is a beauty or a beast, the most extreme 599 ever built, the 599XX Evolution, laid out its lusciousness on the Suzuka race track. This event marked the first race of the Ferrari Racing Days for the Asia-Pacific region.

As a reminder, the 599XX is an evolution of the original 599. It is powered by a V12 engine that delivers a total of 750 HP at 7000 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque (an increase of 50 HP over the standard model). The kickass 599 received improved chassis dynamics thanks to an active aerodynamic package integrated with the vehicles’ electronic control systems and the adoption of new Pirelli tires. The new aero package uses an active rear wing that features two flaps, with profiles similar to those used in Formula 1, which rotate electronically to adjust the downforce between the front and rear axles in function of vehicle speed and the maneuver being effected.

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2011 Ferrari 599 GTB Wraith by SR Auto Group

2011 Ferrari 599 GTB Wraith by SR Auto Group

Some of the best tuning firms in the world don’t even bother working on mild-mannered programs; these tuners go straight to the big boys.

And quite frankly, you can’t get any more ’big boy’ than Ferrari, and in this particular case, the soon-to-be-replaced Ferrari 599 GTB.

Stunning might be an understatement to describe this car, just like one of SR Auto Group’s previous projects, the equally diabolical and luscious Project 612 Adonai.

The Charcoal Gray matte finish is attractive in its own right. Then you add a new Kresiegg exhaust system that just raises the decibel level of the supercar’s 620-horsepower, 6.0-liter V12 powerhouse engine. And just to finish off the program on a high note, SR Auto Group also fitted the Ferrari 599 GTB with a ridiculous set of 2WO wheels courtesy of PUR Wheels.

Even if this program is devoid of any performance modifications, the slick, sexy, and stealthy look of the Ferrari 599 GTB Wraith is enough reason for us to bow down to the boys at SR Auto Group.

Job well done, boys. Job well done.

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Video: Harry Mercalfe tests the Ferrari SA Aperta

Video: Harry Mercalfe tests the Ferrari SA Aperta

This has been quite an interesting past couple of weeks for British magazine, EVO, as they have had the chance to test some of the most impressive cars in the world, including this very cool Ferrari SA Aperta tested by Harry Mercalfe.

The SA Aperta is limited to only 80 units, so you can imagine that actually getting permission to test it is quite a daunting task, which is why we’re pretty psyched to have a video of this test drive.

The Ferrari SA Aperta is powered by a V12 engine that delivers an impressive 661 HP at 8250 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm. It can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph.

Watch the video to see what Harry Mercalfe thinks about this impressive car, but we can assure you that he only has good things to say about it.

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Video: Ferrari 599 GTO acceleration sound

Video: Ferrari 599 GTO acceleration sound

Ferrari may have just unveiled the 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 special edition, but the ultimate 599 is and will always remain the GTO version. It is powered by a V12 engine delivering a total of 670 HP at 8250 rpm with a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm. It rockets the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.35 seconds, while top speed goes up to an impressive 208 mph.

Now, with such illustrative numbers, the sound coming out of that powerful engine should be music to anyone’s ears. As luck would have it, someone spotted a very cool 599 GTO this past weekend at Motor4Toys, a charity car show for the Christmas holiday. And the driver was kind enough to allow one of the guests of the show to record a walkaround of the car, along with the revving sounds of the engine! Enjoy!

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2011 Ferrari 599 GTO by Wheelsandmore

2011 Ferrari 599 GTO by Wheelsandmore

The Ferrari 599 has been making a lot of news lately, particularly as far as its eventual successor is concerned. Now that the supercar is on its last legs, Ferrari has decided to roll out a number of special edition models, including the 599XX Evolution and the GTB HGTE 60F1. Now, before the 599 get its swan song, German tuning company Wheelsandmore has prepared a send-off program for the Italian exotic. And true to their reputation as one of the best in the business, Wheelsandmore knocked this one out of the park.

Dressed in a spectacular Yellow and Black finish, the 599 GTO was given a new set of 21" three-piece handcrafted 6Sporz² ultralight forged wheels that bear the same colors as that of its body and are then wrapped in Hankook S1Evo tires. Wheelsandmore also tinkered with the supercar’s suspension, installing a hydraulic liftable suspension that can be activated with just a push of a remote control button. What this does is lift the front axle up around 1.18" to allow the 599 GTO to clear any sort of road obstacles or steep gateways that would otherwise mess up the car’s set-up.

Finally, there’s the performance upgrade, which is really the heart of Wheelsandmore’s entire program for the 599 GTO. Thanks to a remapped ECU and new handcrafted stainless steel exhausts with remote-able valve flaps, Wheelsandmore successfully added more power to the supercar’s monstrous V12 engine. From the standard output of 670 horsepower and 457 lb/ft of torque, the 599 GTO now boasts of a spanking 715 horsepower and 490 lb/ft of torque.

Saying goodbye to a car like the Ferrari 599 GTO is never easy. But thanks to Wheelsandmore, we now have one final tuning program for the Italian supercar that we can enjoy.

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2012 Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1

2012 Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1

Ferrari is saying goodbye to one of their amazing vehicles with one last special edition, and no, we’re not talking about the 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evolution. Fresh off of the announcement of the Evolution is another special edition, this time specifically for the 599 GTB. The new Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 was built to celebrate the 60 years since Froilan Gonzalez and the 375 F1 gave the Scuderia its very first victory ever in the Formula World Championship in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It is based on the powerful HGTE version and was created as part of the exclusive Tailor Made Programme.

The 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 will combine colors and materials inspired by the vehicles driven by Froilan Gonzalez on July 14, 1951 and Fernando Alonso on July 10, 2011. Customers will get to choose between three different liveries, but they will also be able to opt for a reduced body roll for a stiffer ride, sharper cornering, improved road-holding combined with superbly easy control, and an interior inspired by the two legendary vehicles.

UPDATE 04/12/12: YouTube user Brian Zuk managed to spot a Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1 up close and personal at a Ferrari dealership in San Francisco, California. It certainly goes without saying that this particular 599 GTB special edition model is one of the most desirable limited run Ferrari models in recent history. Check out the video after the jump!

Hit the jump to read more about the Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE 60F1.

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2011 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano by Anderson Germany

2011 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano by Anderson Germany

In early 2011, we saw what Anderson Germany could do when they put their hands on a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Impressive, to say the least.

But it turns out, they’ve got more up their sleeves with the Italian super car, particularly a refreshed interior that’s a lot flashier than what was done the first time around.

The exterior look of the car remains virtually the same, specifically the Hamann carbon fiber bodykit that was fitted to go with a plush new set of 21" glossy black wheels with red trim. Inside the car is where it’s a lot different. While the previous version came with a black/red interior, the new project has been dressed with a combination of quilted red leather and black carbon leather that’s further accentuated by matching red stitching. To ensure that the Ferrari supercar is as light as it can be, Anderson Germany also provided some carbon fiber on the gear shift, door handles, door sills, and center console.

Under the hood, Anderson Germany increased the output of the 599 GTB Fiorano from the version they released in March 2011. Thanks to a new ECU software and a custom sports exhaust system, the German tuning company managed to ratchet up the output of the Ferrari’s 6.0-liter V12 engine to 674 horsepower - FYI: the first version hit 650 horsepower - up from the standard model’s 620-horsepower output.

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Ferrari to give first dibs on special edition cars to loyal customers

If Ferrari considers themselves an automaker with exclusive clientele, they do so knowing that despite catering to a relatively small market, the people who buy Ferraris are a loyal and well-spending bunch.

The problem isn’t so much as the supply of the cars as it is the demand it generates. And apparently, a lot of Ferrari enthusiasts are chirping about not getting their hands on some of the latest special edition models, especially after the small run of 80 Ferrari SA Apertas were sold out before many had the chance to get their hands on one. This became such an issue that it has prompted Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo to think about opening an exclusive club for these die-hard fellas.

"I do not want our faithful collectors to miss the opportunity to buy one of our special series," he said to Auto News.

The whole point of this ultra-exclusive club is to give its members the right of first refusal as far as limited edition Ferrari models are concerned. Not that we’re hoping for an invite, but if we can show our vast collection of Ferrari die-cast models, does that mean we’re in?

In all seriousness, this club is expected to be limited to a certain number of members where you can expect a very stringent screening process to determine who qualifies to get keys to this club and who gets left out. Potential members may need to own about five or more Ferrari models, which Ferrari says only totals about 300 collectors worldwide. This exclusive loyalty club will be much smaller than the existing Ferrari clubs, which total about 13,000 members in more than 30 countries.

Montezemolo is also putting together an annual sightseeing and driving event for collectors called the “Ferrari Cavalcade.” This event will occur once a year and will take 120 of the club members to different regions of Italy so they can understand the country and brand that make their precious cars. Event attendees will also be able to drive Ferrari’s Fiorano test track in Maranello and Florence’s historic race track il Mugello.

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Ferrari secretly working on special edition 599XX EVO

Ferrari secretly working on special edition 599XX EVO

Just a few weeks ago, it was rumored that Ferrari was working on a special edition 599 bearing the name of the great Fernando Alonso. That may still be the case, but if that model does come along, it will be paired with the sports car in these new spy shots. Apparently, Ferrari has developed a special lightweight 599XX EVO that was built as part of a private program.

The new 599XX Evo was seen last week when it was showed to a group of select customers at the Ferrari Mondiali event inside Ferrari. It was created for Ferrari Corse Clienti (race clients) and made for use only in Ferrari track events. Spy shots reveal an aerodynamic package that includes a large rear wing, a new exhaust package, electronic upgrades, and larger brakes.

As for what this new sports car is packing in terms of power, no information has been provided. We can only assume that it will have a similar setup to the standard 599XX: a 6.3L V12 engine delivering up to 700 HP.

The new Ferrari 599XX Evo will make its official debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!

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Spy Shots: Ferrari GT Finally Caught Testing!

After years of rumors and speculations, the successor for the Ferrari 599 has finally been caught testing! Don’t let the garbs fool you, though, it was only 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but the GT prototype was dressed for sub-zero weather so Ferrari can hide the car’s design for a few more months.

Secrets aside, we expect the exterior design for the future 599 replacement - codenamed F152, but rumored to be called the F620 - to be an evolution of the current 599, with design elements borrowed from both the458 Italia and the FF. Due to use of more aluminum parts the new car will be lighter than the current 599, meaning it will also be even faster.

The new GT will be powered by a 6.3 liter V12 engine that will deliver more than 700 HP. With this output, the GT will be more powerful than both the 599 (620 HP) and the current FF (660 HP), but more importantly, it will beat out the Lamborghini Aventador (700 HP 6.5 liter V12 engine). The engine will send its power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with an F1 style electronic differential.

The official debut of the Ferrari F152/F620 will be made in March 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show with sales beginning in late 2012.

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2011 Ferrari SA Aperta by Novitec Rosso

2011 Ferrari SA Aperta by Novitec Rosso

Then the limited edition Ferrari SA Aperta was introduced at the Paris Motor Show last year, it was announced that the model will be limited to only 80 units.

That, of course, hasn’t stopped Novitec Rosso from rolling up their sleeves and building a comprehensive tuning program for the drop-top version of the 599 supercar.

Before we get down to the heart of the program, Novitec Rosso installed a new set of sport springs, a stainless steel high-performance exhaust system, and a new set of 21" or 22" lightweight forged wheels.

Then there’s the engine upgrade, which, to a word, is just completely mind-blowing. The "standard" Ferrari SA Aperta is powered by a V12 engine that produces a mighty 670 horsepower and mated to a F1 Superfast six-speed transmission. Novitec took that number and added a twin-supercharger to push the output to a staggering 888 horsepower at 8,400 rpm and 635 lb/ft of torque at 6,600 rpm. The new numbers have taken the SA Aperta’s performance figures with a 0-62 mph acceleration time of just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 240 mph.

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Ferrari rumored to be preparing a 599 Fernando Alonso Edition

There are many perks that come with being a World Champion Formula 1 driver for a team like Ferrari. There’s great money. There’s fame and adulation. And if recent rumors are true, there’s also a special edition Ferrari 599 with your name on it.

That’s the word on the street as it relates to a rumored lightweight Ferrari 599 Fernando Alonso Edition. Details behind this mysterious 599 are still being kept under wraps, but there have been rumblings saying that the model will be released in the beginning of 2012 and will be limited to only 40 units.

Since the Ferrari 599 is on its last legs, this rumored 599 Fernando Alonso Edition could very well be the swan song version of the 599. While we know little about what the plans are for this model, it does make for a great conversation material.

Rest assured, once we find out more information about this supercar, we’ll be sure to spread the word out to all of you.

Rendering is of the 2013 Ferrari 599 Replacement

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2011 Ferrari 599 GTX by SP Engineering

2011 Ferrari 599 GTX by SP Engineering

The Ferrari 599 GTB’s novelty may have run out a bit since the GTO debuted last year, but SP Engineering can aid consumers in upgrading their Ferrari to GTO standards with the help of their latest package. Called the 599 GTX, SP Engineering’s package offers the look and performance of the 599 GTO.

The package comes in three parts: performance, suspension, and exterior. The performance aspect adds a full titanium exhaust with remote valve control system and bypasses two out of the four catalytic converters. SPE also performed an ECU remap on the 6.0 L V12 to maximize power and throttle response, ending with an increased output of 685 HP - even more impressive than the GTO’s 670 HP. The cost is $12,999.

The suspension portion provides custom suspension and sway bars, but keeps all of the original factory magnetic field controls in line ($4,999). SPE also offers an optional front lift kit that raises the Ferrari by up to 2 inches ($12,800).

The final part of the GTX package is for the exterior of the vehicle. The exterior full carbon fiber GTX kit consists of a new front splitterm side skirts, and rear trunk spoiler. This retails for $7,200.

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Video: Ferrari 599 vs Ferrari F40

Video: Ferrari 599 vs Ferrari F40

The last thing any automaker needs is to stay in neutral. The world is a tough place with finicky people that want continual improvement. From 1987 to 1995, Ferrari sold about 1300 units of the crowd favorite, the Ferrari F40. Then, in 2006, the company came out with the 599 GTB which was designed with several specific objectives in mind: to increase driving pleasure, guarantee performance (courtesy of technology transfers from the F1 single-seaters), and ensure comfort, ergonomics, and safety. With all of these new features and technology, does the 599 GTB beat out the F40?

Ferrari has called this a "fictional" race which it is, but the video was done so well that people will think they are really watching these two supercars battle it out for supremacy. We’re thinking many people will agree with the outcome. Check it out and let us know what you think.

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2011 Ferrari 599 GTB Project Megalith by SR Auto Group

2011 Ferrari 599 GTB Project Megalith by SR Auto Group

Canadian tuner, SR Auto Group, is no stranger to redefining sports cars from a number of high end automakers. The difference with their latest project is that the vehicle in question is on its last leg, and oh what a beautiful leg it is. Called Project Megalith, this tuning kit is based on a Ferrari 599 GTB and its transformation is subtle and sweet.

Gone is the original dark shade found on the Italian sports car. In its place is a matte white frosted hue with two contrasting black stripes running cleanly through the center of the hood and upward towards a blacked out roof. The black accent is also present in a set of Novitec NF3 wheels with a matte black face and polished lip.

No engine upgrades were provided for the Ferrari 599 GTB, so the sports car is still thundering out 611 HP at 7600 rpm and 448 lb-ft at 5600 rpm out of its 5,999cc V12 engine. The difference with the Megalith is that SR Auto Group has opted for an RSC exhaust system to hone in on the Ferrari’s menacing roar.

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Rendering: 2013 Ferrari 599 Replacement (F152)

While the Ferrari 599 will still beat on in the hearts of many, the Italian sports car’s run will be coming to an end after over six years of production. But fear not, Ferrari lovers, a new replacement - codenamed "F152" - is hitting the asphalt and is expected to race into the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March for its official debut. Sales should begin shortly thereafter.

The 599 replacement will be built on an all-new chassis and will borrow design elements from both the 2012 Ferrari FF and the Ferrari California. The model will get modified bumpers and new headlamps, a modified bonnet, and a new exhaust system with tips that sit higher than on the current 599.

The Ferrari "F152" will be powered by a direct injected 6.3-liter V-12 - the same as in the the FF - with a total output of 700 HP. The engine will be combined with a rear-wheel drive system and the Ferrari’s latest seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.

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2011 Ferrari 599-VX by Vorsteiner

2011 Ferrari 599-VX by Vorsteiner

German tuning company, Vorsteiner, has earned quite a reputation for being one of the foremost tuners of Bentley, Mercedes, Porsche, and BMW models. However, on that list, and the many other brands it has worked on, there’s a conspicuous absence of Italian cars.

Until now.

For the first time in the company’s illustrious history, Vorsteiner is working on a supercar from Italy, one that calls itself the Ferrari 599. The first dalliance between the German tuning firm and the Italian automaker has turned into a shining example of what the former is entirely capable of with just about any vehicle it customizes.

The final product is called the 599-VX, which takes elements from the 599 GTB Fiorano and combines it with characteristics derived from the 599 GTO and the 599 XX. The full breadth of details surrounding this program will be unveiled in a week’s time, but it’s worth noting that the package includes, among other things, a new front end, hood, side skirts, rear deck lid, rear intake panel, and a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. This eight-piece body kit is entirely made of carbon fiber while a new set of lightweight wheels forged from aircraft-grade aluminum adds even more flair to the 599-VX’s profile.

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Spy Shots: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Successor gets its Insides Checked

Ferrari’s future plans were just recently revealed and in the midst of the vehicles they have scheduled is the much anticipated successor to the 599 GTB. The car, codenamed F152, will make its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but our spy photographers were able to grab a few snapshots of the vehicle while it underwent some testing.

The test mule is being hidden under a 599 GTO body, while Ferrari tests the chassis and powertrain of the 599 GTB’s successor. The F152 will be powered by a modified version of the great 6.3 liter V12 with direct injection and will probably only be combined with rear-wheel-drive. Power is expected to climb close to 700 HP, if not more, and will connect to the rear wheels via the new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

When the body does get put into place, the F152 will make intense use of aluminum and carbon fiber making it a true sports car.

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Ferrari’s future revealed

Ferrari is burning the midnight oil, coming up with plans for the next couple of years. We already know we’ll be seeing the Spyder version of the 458 Italia at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but it looks like future plans will produce a few other models to clean and freshen up the Italian automaker’s lineup.

The 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder will be powered by the same engine as the coupe while a retractable hard top will replace the canvas top offered on the 430 Spider - the model it replaces. Ferrari will be jazzing up the variants for this model in 2013 with a 458 Scuderia, followed by a refreshed model in 2014.

The first vehicle to follow the 458 Italia Spyder will be the replacement for the 599 GTB, codenamed the F152, which will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be a two-seat coupe with rear drive and a direct-injection V-12 longitudinal engine mounted in the front. Sales on the US market will begin by the end of 2012.

After the 599 GTB’s replacement has its time to shine, Ferrari will be readying up the successor for the Enzo, which will also debut in 2012. This vehicle will be an all-carbon fiber model powered by a new, normally aspirated V-12. It will herald weight-reduction and fuel-saving technologies that Ferrari plans to adapt to its entire range by the end of decade.

When 2013 hits, Ferrari will be ready with facelift versions for the California and the 458 Scuderia as well. This is where Ferrari’s revealed plans end, but we’ll keep digging to find out more so stay tuned!

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Gold-plated Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano guarded by Mansory-tuned Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Gold-plated Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano guarded by Mansory-tuned Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

The power of extravagance knows no bounds, especially for those who just can’t seem to get enough of it. Then again, when you have the ability to just throw money around like its disposable paper, we suppose that you can do pretty much anything you want, including plating your Ferrari supercar in gold.

This is the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano that has been worked on by Hamann so there’s some top-level tuning in the car already. We already saw this car in the past but it’s certainly worth repeating: this bad boy is plated...with gold.

Apparently, the car belongs to a wealthy and high-profile individual from Dubai and was recently spotted in London being accompanied by no less than a Mansory-tuned Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. If a six-figure Rolls-Royce can serve as the ’bodyguard’ of this gold-plated 599 GTB Fiorano, then it certainly speaks volumes as to how extravagant this 673-horsepower, gold-plated Ferrari really is.

The only thing that boggles our mind is how he can get around town, let alone bring it to another country, without being worried about all the eyes that will inevitably fix their attention on his one-of-a-kind Ferrari.

Check out this gold-plated 599 GTB Fiorano in the streets of London after the jump

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2011 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Matte Red Stallone by Mansory

2011 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Matte Red Stallone by Mansory

Back in 2008, German tuning extraordinaire, Mansory, took to the Geneva Motor Show with a spectacular package for the Ferrari 599 Fiorano called the Stallone. This package came baring 720 HP and a number of weight saving upgrades for spectacular performance. At the time, anyone would have been crazy to suggest to Mansory that the Stallone was not complete, but after three years and a couple of debuts, one guy thinks he knows just what the Ferrari needs to finish its look.

The brains behind the Stallone makeover is a TeamSpeed forum member and car enthusiast who feels that a matte red paint job, an updated interior, and possibly an extra engine/software upgrade or two would complete the package. At his request, Mansory prepared this one-off edition Stallone and the result is the beautiful machine seen in these pictures.

For the transformation, the forum member took inspiration from the 599XX and the 599 GTO, both revealed after the original Stallone package. The new Stallone’s interior, covered in Alcantara, was taken from the GTO, while the special shark wings on both sides of the car came from the 599XX. Next to these additions, the Matte Red Stallone also received a new rear with an integrated diffuser and new side skirts.

Mechanically speaking, Mansory tweaked the V12 engine by adding a new exhaust system, improved cats, and a remap of the ECU. These additions were then combined with a lowered suspension. All we need to hear now is the final output.

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Ferrari testing new hybrid technology

Ferrari testing new hybrid technology

Ever since the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS made its grand debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, we’ve been waiting for a solid piece of machinery that would solidify the hybrid technology’s existence in Ferrari’s future models. Ferrari hasn’t exactly been keeping the notion of highlighting hybrid technology in their models a secret, but details for such vehicles haven’t exactly been forthcoming either. Tough luck, Ferrari, because spy photographers have captured what looks to be hybrid prototype testing.

This prototype just so happened to be wearing an "S" on its plates which means the car is registered in Stuttgart. This may mean nothing to some, but to us it confirms the involvement of German supply giant, Bosch, who just so happen to be helping Ferrari with the engineering and software set-up of the hybrid. The prototype is also sporting a special exhaust system with two pairs of side by side pipes which may be the biggest hint towards a hybrid powertrain. So far, Ferrari has been able to keep the details of the hybrid powertrain a secret, but rumors suggest that it will consist of a standard engine with two electric motors, one at the front wheels and one at the rear, each developing around 100 HP.

As for the vehicle debuting this new powertrain, that’s still being kept under wraps. The prototype caught testing had body panels illustrating a 599 GTO, but underneath those sheets of metal looked to be a Ferrari California. The vehicle spotted also featured the California’s headlamps, wheels, chromed wheel nuts, folding metal roof shutlines, brake caliper position, and distinctive instrument binnacle.

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Video: Ferrari 599 GTO vs Ferrari 458 Italia

Video: Ferrari 599 GTO vs Ferrari 458 Italia

Marchettino had the chance to catch two of the most impressive Ferraris in video as they were pitted up against each other, but not in your typical 0-60 mph fashion. These two supercars were battling it out to determine whose engine sounded better. Don’t worry though, you’ll still see some racing action.

IN the video, a white Ferrari 599 GTO and a red Ferrari 458 Italia are shown revving their engines, then accelerating and downshifting on the track!

The Ferrari 599 GTO is powered by a V12 engine delivering a total of 670 HP at 8250 rpm with a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm. It rockets the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.35 seconds, while top speed goes up to 208 mph. The Ferrari 458 Italia gets a 4.5 Liter V8 engine equipped with the traditional Ferrari flat crankshaft that produces 570 HP at a rather high 9000 RPM.

Which of the two engines do you think sounds better? Watch the video and decide for yourself!

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Thief has to pay taxes to the tune of $522,000 after stealing a Veyron

Thief has to pay taxes to the tune of $522,000 after stealing a Veyron

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!

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2011 Ferrari Super America 45 by Pininfarina

2011 Ferrari Super America 45 by Pininfarina

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.

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