When it was introduced in April of 2010, the Ferrari 599 GTO was the fastest Ferrari in the world. In fact, this road-legal version of the 599XX was the fastest production Ferrari ever. Now, that’s quite an accomplishment for the big front-engined grand tourer. That kind of bodacious performance helped to justify the nearly £300,000 asking price; quite a jump from the roughly £200,000 price tag on the 599 GTB at the time. It wasn’t just the name that was grand, though. For a car this good, Ferrari felt comfortable trotting out the storied “GTO” moniker. Not seen since the great 288 GTO of the 80s, these three letters hold a special place in Ferrari history. For the first time, however, the new GTO model wasn’t actually “omologato,” making the name a bit of a misnomer.
One second faster around Fiorano than the mighty Enzo. Thank to various parts upgrades, such as special seats 17 kg lighter than the original units, the entire car weighs in at 100 kg lighter than the GTB. With 661 bhp and 457 ft-lbs of torque, the GTO makes 50 more bhp than the 599 GTB, mainly thanks to a revised intake and exhaust systems. The GTO sprints to 62 mph in a mere 3.3 seconds, while the top speed was a more-than-adequate 208 mph. Of course, Ferrari didn’t stop there. It took a lot more than a little bump in power here and some liposuction there to turn the big grand tourer into the fastest Ferrari ever.
Let’s start where the rubber hits the road; the GTO sported wider tires, front and rear, along with performance tyres. From there, the brakes have been upgraded as well. Aerodynamic enhancements give the car almost twice as much downforce as the standard GTB. The automated manual transmission was able to bang off upshifts in a mere 60 milliseconds, or about twice as quick as the gearbox in the 599 GTB.
At the time of its release, all 599 examples of the GTO had already been spoken for. Those lucky owners discovered that, in addition to the car’s exceptional track performance, the new 599 was plenty comfortable enough as an errand-runner. With everything it had to offer, few, if any, complained about its lack of true motorsports homologation.
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