Dubai, United Arab Emirates
31000 km (19263 mi)
611 ps (456 kw)
The long hood and short rear deck call to mind the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC4 — called the Daytona by many. With its sweeping curves, air ducts galore and round tail lamps, it’s likely one would identify the 599 GTB as a Ferrari even without the chrome prancing horse on the hood.
The 599 GTB interior will let drivers believe they’re F1 racers, but they won’t feel as if they’re strapped into a Spartan racetrack beast. There’s leather, with a lot of carbon fiber accents on the seats, doors and dash. The seats have huge bolsters and cutouts for a four-point racing harness, which clearly communicates that this car will go very fast — and hold you firmly while it does so.
What isn’t leather or carbon fiber is likely brushed aluminum, so there’s a nice mix of materials and textures. That steering wheel is loaded with controls, similar to an F1 race car’s wheel. Drivers can choose which setting they want for the vehicle dynamic control system — which incorporates suspension, traction control and gearbox settings. There’s an engine-start button and shift paddles behind the wheel.
Ferrari calls the 599 GTB a front-mid-engine design, meaning the engine is mounted farther back in the chassis than in a pure front-engine car like the 575 M. Still, the engine is accessed from a front hood. The power plant is a 65-degree V-12 that’s 6.0 liters (hence the car’s 599 name) that makes 448 pounds-feet of torque at 5,600 rpm. It’s limited to a maximum of 8,400 rpm.
The power is routed through a six-speed gearbox. Ferrari says it has worked to make the semiautomatic shifting even faster than before. The shift patterns can be changed to better meet slippery or dry conditions.
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