The new animal is basically a set of compromises that the 599XX (the racing version of the 599 GTB Fiorano) has had to make in order to be allowed on public roads. The result: the fastest street Ferrari in history.
Here’s how it was all done: the hypercar is powered by a V12 engine derived from the Enzo, which now produces 661 hp (up from 620 in the GTB Fiorano) and 457 lb-ft of torque (compared to the GTB Fiorano’s 448.4). This might not sound so impressive until we mention the fact that the vehicle has been on an extreme diet, managing to lose 430 lbs (195 kg). The 599 GTO tips the scales at 3295 lbs (1495 kg).
Of course such an F1 technology-packed vehicle’s performance is difficult to describe in words, but we’ll give it a try: the monster kills the first hundred (62mph) in 3.35 seconds, can fly up to 333km/h (208 mph) and has posted a Fiorano test track lap time of 1 minute 24 seconds (the Enzo needs 1:24:9 to complete the task).
The GTO wears a new front splitter, side sills, wheel diffusers, a double curve rear diffuser and rear spoiler. It is also fitted with a ventilated hood and a set of 20 inch rims that feature F1-inspired donuts that improve aerodynamics.
As we are talking about Ferrari, the performance comes at a price: almost $460.000. And this isn’t the only thing you need in order to get one of these. You’ll also have to convince the Italians that you deserve to be one of the 599 owners of the hypercar.
The 599 GTO will make its world premiere at the Beijing Auto Show, which will be held between April 25 and May 2. It’s such an irony that the GTO version will be introduced after the Hybrid 599 sin has been committed.