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Old 11-28-2006, 02:11 PM   #1
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Preview: 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
Is this the ultimate “affordable” Ferrari?
by Paul A. Eisenstein (2006-11-27)

Is this the "ultimate" Ferrari?



Before our eagle-eyed readers start firing letters off to our editors, let us be clear that we know the Enzo is the fastest and most powerful sports car ever to emerge from the house that Enzo Ferrari built. That said, if you're talking "reasonable" price and "high" volume - all relative terms, of course - it would likely be hard to beat the new F599 GTB Fiorano, the long-awaited replacement for the 575M Maranello.
Hard as it might imagine, the new sports coupe might actually qualify as a daily driver, as a factory team set out to demonstrate by driving a pair of F599s all the way from the far end of Brazil all the way to New York City, where they wrapped up the Panamerica 20,000 earlier this month.
The sleek shape of the new coupe sweeps from the low, aggressive nose across a bulging hoodline, and back to its broad, rear fenders. The shape is visually intimidating, and was heavily influenced by the aerodynamic demands of high-speed driving. The flying buttresses help improve downforce, something quite useful when you're approaching a top speed of "over 205" mph.
Under the Fiorano's curvaceous hood, in a mid-front configuration, sits a 611-horsepower, 48-valve, 6.0-liter V-12 - a retuned version of the Enzo engine. That V-12 is, by itself, awe-inspiring, but even more impressive is the six-speed electro-hydraulic transmission it's mated to. There are a growing number of these auto-shifted manuals on the market, but no one seems to have gotten it quite as right as Ferrari has with its Formula 1-inspired gearbox. The F1-Superfast can shift in as little as 100 milliseconds - barely the blink of an eye. That's significantly faster than with previous Ferraris, and compares with shift times of 50 milliseconds in a Ferrari F1 racer.
The automaker's numbers suggest the F599 will outperform that other classic Ferrari supercar, the F40, launching from 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds, "making it the fastest production car we've built," notes a Ferrari official. "I know that's confusing, but we consider the Enzo a 'limited-production' car."
As you'd expect, the Fiorano offers an extensive array of performance and creature comfort options, ranging from customized exterior paint colors to F1-derived ceramic brakes. Expect to shell out at least $260,000 - or more - for a well-equipped one. That is, of course, when you can get your hands on one. The waiting line, according to Ferrari officials, is running at least two years.
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:12 PM   #2
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Old 11-29-2006, 02:27 AM   #3
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meh, id take a aston martin over that... then again, theres very few cars id rather have than an aston martin.
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Old 11-29-2006, 02:40 AM   #4
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This car is rediculously fast.
SF Ferrari had one at Infineon and my father was speachless after seeing the intensity of this car. The F430 was still quicker around the track but in a line this 599 owns.
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Old 11-29-2006, 05:51 AM   #5
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Sexiest Ferrari ever.
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:11 AM   #6
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Expect to shell out at least $260,000 - or more - for a well-equipped one.
Oh yes, quite affordable, that.
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:34 AM   #7
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Drop dat sucka yo..
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:25 AM   #8
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Oh yes, quite affordable, that.
just a measley 260,000,000 pennies
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:30 AM   #9
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Going by the pics, I wasn't a huge fan of the 599 (I loved the 550/575), but I saw one at the local high-end dealer last week. Looks really good in person as most current Ferraris do. I still preferred the 575 Superamerica they had in the showroom...only $320K.
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Going by the pics, I wasn't a huge fan of the 599 (I loved the 550/575), but I saw one at the local high-end dealer last week. Looks really good in person as most current Ferraris do. I still preferred the 575 Superamerica they had in the showroom...only $320K.
The 575 and 599 are the only Ferrari's that I *really* like personally. But I actually like the 599 much better. Also, they still have a 575 in showrooms? i thought the 599 replaced it.
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:29 AM   #11
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The 575 and 599 are the only Ferrari's that I *really* like personally. But I actually like the 599 much better. Also, they still have a 575 in showrooms? i thought the 599 replaced it.
They did...

But being Ferrari's, the dealer will still insist on selling you an obsolete car with the crazy high price with a straight face, even though the replacement is sitting right next to it...
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Old 11-30-2006, 06:29 AM   #12
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Definitely not as hot as...

... yet the look of the 599 is growing on me.
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no way the 599 is hawter than this pile of sweetness...
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Old 11-30-2006, 09:48 AM   #14
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just a measley 260,000,000 pennies
260,000,000 pennies = $2.6 million
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:31 AM   #15
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Going by the pics, I wasn't a huge fan of the 599 (I loved the 550/575), but I saw one at the local high-end dealer last week. Looks really good in person as most current Ferraris do. I still preferred the 575 Superamerica they had in the showroom...only $320K.
what color?
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260,000,000 pennies = $2.6 million
Darn that extra 0
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:17 AM   #17
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Darn that extra 0
Haha... it just ruins everything, doesn't it?
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what color?
What, are you in the market?
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This old news isn't it?

Although I did get to walk the production line at the Ferrari factory and watch these badboys get built!
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What, are you in the market?
yes. I'm looking for a low mileage one in black on black, with red ceramic brakes and a red tach, and I don't feel like getting the one at Caesars Palace place cuz it's a rip.
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:50 PM   #21
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This old news isn't it?

Although I did get to walk the production line at the Ferrari factory and watch these badboys get built!
WHAAAT?? When were you there? I'm assuming that you went to Maranello?

When i was in Italy in 99, they had just stopped the factory tour where you could go and see the Ferrari cars being built. I guess they're doing it again...gotta get back there.
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That shape is gorgeous but the wheels are not as tucked as they should be.
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WHAAAT?? When were you there? I'm assuming that you went to Maranello?

When i was in Italy in 99, they had just stopped the factory tour where you could go and see the Ferrari cars being built. I guess they're doing it again...gotta get back there.

Yea, I should post the pics. The engine assempbly building was unbelievable, you could eat off of the floor, plus the random Ferrari's scattered about the floor was insane. They had a 288 GTB sitting on the floor like it was no big deal.
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Definitely not as hot as...

... yet the look of the 599 is growing on me.

second....the f430 is still the hottest.
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599 for a daily, f430 for weekends... in heaven.
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