Ferrari 599 HGTE Package Detailed

Ferrari will introduce at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, together with the 599XX, a new performance package for the 599 GTB Fiorano. Dubbed Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione (HGTE), the package is intended to further underscore its sportiness and handling.

HGTE includes stiffer springs and rear anti-roll bar, as well as new calibration settings for the magnetorheological (a type of smart fluid that becomes viscoelastic solid when magnetized) shock absorbers. The ride has been lowered to bring the car's center of gravity closer to the ground and improve handling.

The car's electronics have evolved to ensure prompt response to the driver's commands. The F1 gearbox's shifts are now even faster in high-performance settings, while a new engine software strategy has improved accelerator response.

From the design standpoint, the HGTE package includes both exterior and interior tweaks. Ferrari introduced for the package new 20 inch split-rim wheels, with a special diamond-cut and matte silver finish. To underline the GTB's new stance and highlight the chromed tail pipes, the Italian designers gave the rear diffusers a matte black color.

The combination between full grain leather, black Alcantara and carbon fiber trim in the car's interior makes for a even more sportier feel. The new seats are trimmed in a new two tone leather with Alcantara inserts on the front, while the back is trimmed entirely in carbon fiber. To set the interior even more apart, the headrests feature embroidered Prancing Horse and the "Handling GTE" mark.

The HGTE package underlines the 599 GTB Fiorano's different mission from Ferrari's other current 12-cylinder, the 612 Scaglietti, which, along with the 8-cylinder Ferrari California, represents the Grand Tourer personality of the manufacturer's current range.
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