Ferrari is preparing to launch an ultra-high performance version of the 599 GTB, based on the 599XX that debuted at last year’s Geneva Auto Show. According to a report in EVO magazine, the car is set for production and will get a revised version of the standard 6.0-liter V12 engine with no less than 700-hp! It will also get a new name, the 599 GTO, making it the first F-Car to wear the GTO badge since the iconic 288 GTO.
Recently Ferrari changes the classification of the 599, from a GT car to a “Sports Car.” That might not mean much on it’s own, but it allows Ferrari’s development team to build this GTO version of the car in the same manner that it built the Scuderia version of the F430.
That being said, expect quicker shift times (60 milliseconds, down from 100 milliseconds) as well as a significantly lower curb weight and a revised suspension setup. We expect the new 599 GTO to hit 60 mph in roughly 3.2 seconds (down from 3.7) with a top speed well above 200 mph. In fact, the car’s new performance characteristics might make it the fastest road-going Ferrari ever!
GALLERY: Ferrari 599XX