599 GTB – Andy’s thoughts
In some respects, the 599 GTB Fiorano is the first of its kind. Yes, there had been front engine V12s before this, including the 550 and 575 Maranello that this replaced, but they did not share an engine with the hypercar of their time. The fact that the 599 GTB used the same engine as the Enzo shocked many in the supercar world and made it an instant bargain. The Enzo had been tamed into what is a remarkable car.
But it’s also the end of the line, for the 599 GTB was the last V12 car to be sold with a manual gearbox. Not many were sold as most people opted for the F1 gearbox, but of the Eleanor cars out there, it’s something you simply cannot buy new today. The click clack of the gearbox is a sound we will never hear from new Ferraris ever again. That married up with a Hypercar engine is just the perfect combination.