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Road-legal version of the 599XX is Ferrari's fastest road car yet

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The Ferrari 599 offers mind-blowing pace and handling. Quite possibly the best Ferrari of its generation

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    Ferrari 599 GTO

    In some ways it feels not unlike a bigger BMW M3 GTS
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    Ferrari 599 GTO

    Road-legal version of the 599XX is Ferrari's fastest road car yet

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5 May 2010

The best Ferrari in years, apparently. I think F458 Italia is also faster than the Enzo around the Fiorano track - wonder which is faster of the two.

5 May 2010

"It’s also a proper, bona fide addition to the GTO family, make absolutely no mistake about that."

How so Steve? Are you forgetting what the 'O' in GTO stands for?

Both the 250 and the 288 GTO's were road-going race cars built by Ferrari for competition homologation. The 250 GTO was a road-legal racer built for 1960's GT racing; the 288 GTO was another road/race Ferrari, designed to compete in the ill-fated 1980's Group B racing series.

Are Ferrari planning to take the 599 GTO racing? TBH, I can't see that happening and I view the 'GTO' moniker with utmost cynicism. I don't doubt the claims that the 599 GTO is a landmark car for Ferrari, but until it turns a wheel in competition, a bona fide GTO the 599 is definitely not.

5 May 2010

Sometimes Ferrari comes up with some truly amazing products if they try hard enough and this is one of them. Sadly, profit and market demands delivered the California which shouldn't even be called a Ferrari. Now what combo would look good on my GTO? Yellow with black hood?

5 May 2010

Yes, I'd order mine in yellow as well, I've always had a thing about yellow Ferraris.

Not much of a road test though, there's no mention of cup-holders, prospective buyers need to know these kind of things.

5 May 2010

Shame my kidneys aren't worth more or I'd sell both of them for one of these. One thing though, what a boring steering wheel for such a weapons-grade car. The rest of the interior's great, but even the starter button and manettino can't make that wheel look appealing.

5 May 2010

I'm sure it's a superb car in very many ways, but the steering wheel IS too boring to look at, the LED shift-up-now thing would drive me nuts, the car is so wide that you can't take it onto your favourite B-roads, as any oncoming traffic would have you scraping your paintwork on the hedgerows, I personally think it's rather ugly. And it's still got no manual gearbox option. What's more, it isn't a true GTO, as neither it nor the 599XX has been taken racing. Can anyone tell me what the S in GTS stands for, or the B in GTB (as in the Daytona)?

5 May 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]the car is so wide that you can't take it onto your favourite B-roads, as any oncoming traffic would have you scraping your paintwork on the hedgerows[/quote]

You don't half talk some gibberish. Yes it's a wide car, but to say you can't take it on B-roads without scraping the hedgerows is just nonsense. Ever read a 599 British road test? It's won many a group test over a variety of B-roads, with journos loving it on British roads. It's wide sure, but perfectly easy to drive for anyone with any driving skill. I've driven massive vans and trucks on B-roads and never thought they were too wide.

As for the GTO name and whether it's right to call it that, well, I appreciate Ferrari's racing heritage and all that, but personally I couldn't care less. It's just some initals. Don't dismiss a car over such pedantry.

5 May 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Can anyone tell me what the S in GTS stands for, or the B in GTB (as in the Daytona)?[/quote]

B = Berlinetta (coupe)

S = Spyder/Spider

5 May 2010

[quote Evo_ermine]

You don't half talk some gibberish. Yes it's a wide car, but to say you can't take it on B-roads without scraping the hedgerows is just nonsense. Ever read a 599 British road test? It's won many a group test over a variety of B-roads, with journos loving it on British roads. It's wide sure, but perfectly easy to drive for anyone with any driving skill. I've driven massive vans and trucks on B-roads and never thought they were too wide.

As for the GTO name and whether it's right to call it that, well, I appreciate Ferrari's racing heritage and all that, but personally I couldn't care less. It's just some initals. Don't dismiss a car over such pedantry

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Well said Evo_ermine. Substance over form surely. If I had enough funds I'd justify buying one of these on the engine alone-what an astonishing sound that thing makes!! To describe this car as awesome is an understatement in my opinion.

5 May 2010

[quote Evo_ermine]

[quote Rover P6 3500S]the car is so wide that you can't take it onto your favourite B-roads, as any oncoming traffic would have you scraping your paintwork on the hedgerows[/quote]

You don't half talk some gibberish. Yes it's a wide car, but to say you can't take it on B-roads without scraping the hedgerows is just nonsense. Ever read a 599 British road test? It's won many a group test over a variety of B-roads, with journos loving it on British roads. It's wide sure, but perfectly easy to drive for anyone with any driving skill. I've driven massive vans and trucks on B-roads and never thought they were too wide.

As for the GTO name and whether it's right to call it that, well, I appreciate Ferrari's racing heritage and all that, but personally I couldn't care less. It's just some initals. Don't dismiss a car over such pedantry.

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Put it this way, some of the B-roads round here you'd struggle to get two BMW 3-series' past each other, and many are strictly single track with passing places. I still maintain that the 599 is too wide for a lot of B-roads: certainly, when I think of the many enjoyable miles I've covered on quiet country lanes, the 599 would have been far too wide.

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