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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2011 Ferrari SA Aperta

2011 Ferrari SA Aperta

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 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.

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2011 Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTO

2011 Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTO

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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2011 Ferrari 599 GTO

2011 Ferrari 599 GTO

The long-rumored Ferrari 599 GTO, based off of the 599XX, made its official debut in July of 2010. The company described it as "an extreme V12 berlinetta developed to a specific performance-oriented brief" and went a step forward to say it is the fastest road car ever. It was limited to only 599 units and was priced in the area of $450,000. The Ferrari 599 GTO was powered by a V-12 engine delivering a total of 670 HP at 8250 rpm with a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm. It rocketed the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.35 seconds, while top speed clocked in at 208 mph. Maybe the most impressive thing about the 599 GTO is the lapping time on the Fiorano test track: 1 minute and 24 seconds. For those of us keeping track, that’s faster than the Enzo at the time.

The sports car features new front splitter, side sills, diffuser and rear spoiler, a new vented hood, and ten-spoke, 20" wheels. It has a dry weight of 1495 kg and a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.23 kg/hp. The 599 GTO is also equipped with the latest, second-generation carbon-ceramic brakes which are lighter and offer better performance.

We dare any other automaker to try to top the performance of this maniacal machine. This car leaves McLarens and Porsches in the dust. Watch for the public debut of the Ferrari 599 GTO at the Beijing Auto Show. A conveniently chosen venue if we can say so ourselves. Major props, Ferrari. Maybe some time we can take this stunning beauty out for a test drive...pretty please (insert groveling here).

Updated 04/09/2010: Ferrari unveiled today an official video for the new 599 GTO. The video is in Italian, but its pretty cool to watch, so enjoy! Video after the jump.

Update 05/07/2010: New video from Ferrari! Click on the picture above to view the 599 GTO whip around the Mugello track!

UPDATE 06/24/2010: Another video featuring not just one....not just two...but three Ferrari 599 GTOs. Check it out after the jump!

UPDATE 06/29/2010: The British magazine EVO recently had the chance to get behind the wheel of the new GTO to take it out for a little ride. So, what does Chris Harris think about the car? Check out his test drive after the jump to find out!

UPDATE 07/07/2010: EVO’s Chris Harris takes the 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO out for a test spin on the legendary Fiorano race track. Take a look at the three-part video that follows the mind-boggling trip around the track by clicking here.

Updated 07/09/2010: Ferrari unveiled today a new image gallery with the 599 GTO on its natural habitat: on a race track! Enjoy!

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2010 Ferrari Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS

2010 Ferrari Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS

Despite the fancy title that Ferrari tagged it with - the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS- the long-awaited Ferrari 599 Fiorano Hybrid officially made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show today.

The HY-KERS system, which is a revolutionary new system Ferrari is developing that is capable of reducing CO2 emissions by up to 35% on the combined cycle (ECE + EUDC). Given the nature of this new eco-friendly technology, Ferrari is not ruling out the possibility that all future Ferraris - 8- and 12-cylinders, alike - will one day be fitted with the HY-KERS system.

Through years of experience gained in Formula 1 - coupled with on-going research done round the clock in Maranello - Ferrari was able to apply a new and advanced, lightweight hybrid drivetrain to the 599 GTB Fiorano: a new kind of electric motor that helps optimize the longitudinal and lateral dynamics of the car, enhancing traction and brake balance. The motor also features a unique cooling and lubrication system for maximum efficiency under all operating temperatures and loads.

The high-voltage electric motor of the HY-KERS weights only 40 kilos and is coupled to the rear of the dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission. It operates through one of the transmission’s two clutches and engages one of the two gearbox primary shafts. Thus, power is coupled seamlessly and instantaneously between the electric motor and the V12. The electric motor produces more than 100 horsepower as Ferrari’s goal was to offset every kilogram increase in weight by a gain of at least one hp.

The whole project comes as a response to the likelihood that cars of the future will be subjected to a CO2 emission standards. Rather than stand pat and wait until the last minute to create a car that would be up-to-par with the rest, Ferrari is now in a position to meet and comply with those standards, especially when it comes to urban cycle where city driving is traditionally where sports cars are at a tremendous disadvantage because their engines are designed for maximum efficiency and performance at high revs, whereas the urban cycle involves low revs and low engine loads.

With this new technology, Ferrari has set themselves up nicely to meet future standards for all vehicles across the map while still keeping true to the brands tradition of creating high-end performance vehicles.

Press release after the jump.

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Novitec Rosso Race 848

Novitec Rosso Race 848

Novitec Rosso will unveil a new tuning package for the Ferrari 599 Fiorano at the Geneva Motor Show. Called Race 848, this kit will be limited to only three units.

As it name suggest, the Race 848 is powered by a V12 twin compressor engine that delivers 848 hp and a peak torque of 842 Nm. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.4 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds, from 0 to 186 mph in just 23.7 seconds, while top speed goes up to 214 mph. It also gets sports suspension, a high-performance brake system and stainless-steel quad sport exhaust system with a pipe diameter of 90 mm.

The aerodynamic kit includes: a front spoiler lip, a rear apron, a rear wing and rocker panels between front and rear wheel arches. The car is painted in matte-white contrasting with gray accents such as the roof and parts of the hood. It sits on alloy wheels with five double spokes.

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