As far as car enthusiasts go, I would say that it is safe to say that everyone loves a Ferrari. I have always been a huge Ferrari fan since I was a young kid, with the walls of my room covered in 550, and Testarossa posters. It is a dream come true to be able to boast that I have driven nearly every exotic on the U.S. market today. So I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Italian family, The 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO.
As if the Enzo was not quite enough power, the elite engineers at Ferrari unveil their latest monster. She’s faster than the Enzo, lighter, more stable and even more inexpensive. The 2011 599 GTO debuted earlier this year in Beijing at the International Motor Show. The vehicle’s initial test concluded that the 599 is Ferrari’s fastest ever street-legal exotic. With a 6.0l V12, based on the Enzo’s design, the GTO packs a serious 670 hp shuttled to the transmission by larger, carbon fiber F1 paddle shifters. The Ferrari 599 GTO also features carbon ceramic brakes that allow for stable, rapid deceleration. The wheels are large and durable yet perfectly aid in cornering and handling, with 20-inch rims wrapped tightly in Supersport tires by Michelin. The front tires are also larger than before, giving superior road-hugging. This gal is racy fast, rocketing the driver (or should I say pilot) to 60 mph in just over three seconds. All of this is to be expected from Ferrari, though in a car of this caliber, what you may not expect is the comfort level of an auto with this amount of sheer power. The Enzo is obviously a road terror but handles much like a Formula 1 racer; very fast and powerful but a very stiff and rough and rough ride. The 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO is comparable in power to the Enzo, yet its creators focused heavily on interior comfort and efficiency. Much of the controls are easily accessible and within easy reach, and the addition of an all new VRE system is a nice bonus. The VRE (Virtual Race Engineer) system is a truly cool and modern operating system, offering technical information to the driver regarding the vehicle’s performance, traction control, tire pressure and temperature, and even ride height and suspension dampening controls are accessible to the driver–all without having to take your eyes off of the road.
Get in line for this one though; as the title suggests, the company will only release 599 of these incredible vehicles. In my opinion, this is one of Ferrari’s best editions to the family yet, and the chances of catching a glimpse of this beauty in the South Florida sun this summer is a definite.
Estimated Price Tag: $460,000
Sources: Motortrend.com, CarandDriver.com, NetCarShow.com