The first of only 10 Ferrari 599 GTO examples to be delivered to Australia and New Zealand has arrived in Sydney. And doesn’t it look just a wee bit special in its matt black paint job. There’s plenty more pics after the break, too.
You can’t help but be swept away in a sweeping curve of desire when you look at this car. In true Ferrari tradition the car is powered by a V12, mounted underneath that long and slender bonnet. You know it will eat up the miles with embarrassing ease as well.
The raw numbers of the latest GTO are huge—500kW (670hp) and 620Nm from the 6.0 litre engine headline proceedings. They are ably supported by a 0–100km/h dash of just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 335km/h. The 599 GTO is currently the fastest road car to lap the company’s famous Fiorano test track, with the bar lowered to 1 minute 24 seconds.
According to Kevin Wall, General Manager for Ferrari in Australia and New Zealand, “The Ferrari 599 GTO represents the pinnacle of Ferrari road cars in every area.”
Frankly, it’s hard to disagree.
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FASTEST EVER FERRARI ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA
The Ferrari 599 GTO, the fastest ever road car produced by the legendary supercar company, has arrived in Australia with the first of just ten cars arriving for delivery from January for the Australian and New Zealand market.
“The Ferrari 599 GTO represents the pinnacle of Ferrari road cars in every area,” says Kevin Wall, General Manager for Ferrari in Australia and New Zealand. “The bald performance figures, amazing although they are, do not do justice to the remarkable breadth of abilities that it offers. These range from being able to provide a true racing car driving experience on the track, through being the ultimate road going ultra supercar to having the comfort and luggage space that quite simply would not be expected in a car of this performance level.”
“In short, only Ferrari could provide a car with the breadth and depth of ability with which the 599 GTO has been endowed, using Formula One technology and design that has then been honed to perfection in the unique FXX programme,” says Mr Wall. “The 599 GTO is the new definition of the ultimate road car and the ten Australian owners are able to look for to a truly unique driving experience at every level.”
As if the ability to demolish the run from zero to 100 kmh in just 3.3 seconds and lap the famed Fiorano Ferrari test track faster than any other road car was not sufficient, one of the Australian Ferrari 599 GTO ultra supercars has been finished in a complete matt finish with the matt black body colour contrasted with a central, lengthways matt white racing stripe.
The Ferrari 599 GTO is an exclusive limited edition special which, in true Ferrari tradition, is a completely new concept, albeit inspired by a production car. In fact the 599 GTO is based on the 599XX, the advanced experimental track car, and can be considered almost a road-going version of that mobile testbed.
The 599 GTO is reserved for just 599 clients who seek the maximum expression of high performance driving. The 599 GTO benefits directly from the technological transfer from racing and set a record lap time at Fiorano in 1’24”. The Fiorano lap time provides just one indication of the potential of this car.
Just as significant are the technical specifications – 670 hp (500 kW) in a 1495 kg car represents a weight-to-power ratio of just 2.23 kg/hp, and ensures a 0-100 kmh acceleration time of just 3.35 seconds as well as a top speed of over 335 kmh.
Fundamental to the GTO’s performance is the innovative approach to chassis development which, for the first time on a production car, saw the integration between a handling set-up tuned for a level of responsiveness that is close to the limit and highly sophisticated electronic controls. The result is the almost complete absence of understeer and a truly communicative chassis.
As is Ferrari’s policy, every new Ferrari features new solutions for a road car. Thus the 599 GTO is equipped with the latest, second-generation carbon-ceramic brakes which are lighter and offer better performance, new aerodynamic innovations, such as the wheel doughnuts which increase aerodynamic efficiency as well as improve brake cooling, and a different tyre set-up with wider front tyres for greater roadholding. The driver-car interface is also new with the adoption of the Virtual Race Engineer (VRE) which provides the driver with instantaneous information on performance.
The 599 GTO’s more aggressive character is also apparent in a number of styling elements that recall the 599XX and from the powerful sound of the V12. The GTO (Gran Turismo Omologata) moniker instantly calls to mind two Ferraris that have entered the collective imagination as symbols of performance. After the 1962 250 GTO, which swept the boards in GT racing categories in the 1960s and is now a highly prized collector’s car, came the iconic 1984 GTO, which essentially invented the entire modern supercar genre.
- Ferrari 599 GTO Australian press release & technical specifications (270kb Word doc)