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A sharp contrast to Mansory’s style of tuning, Romeo Ferraris introduced a new tuning program for the Ferrari 599 GTO which focuses on subtle and functional modifications.
Even though the Mansory Lamborghini Aventador is tamer than most of its projects, some might sill consider it to be too much. Romeo Ferraris’ tuning packages, however, have always been well respected in the industry, adding just the right components to an Italian exotic.
A high-flow air filter and new exhaust system boosts the 599 GTO power output to 676 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque, up 15 hp and 10 lb-ft from the factory numbers. While that might not seem like a huge improvement, Romeo Ferraris also offers a stage two package that includes an ECU retune that brings total horsepower to 700 hp and torque to 493 lb-ft.
Those wanting to add more style to their 599 GTO can also purchase carbon fiber accessories from Romeo Ferraris ranging from mirrors to a rear diffuser or a new front splitter.
GALLERY: Romeo Ferraris Ferrari 599 GTO
“We now have a complete range of models which will be joined in a few days time at the Geneva Show by a new 12-cylinder. A revolutionary new car that delivers extreme performance and unprecedented power output,” said Montezemolo in a press release.
This newest Ferrari offering the chairman is speaking of could be the F620, which is the successor to the 599. Another possibility is the Ferrari F70, which will be the newest iteration of the Enzo (engine shown above). Adding to the excitement, the CEO of Ferrari, Amadeo Felisa, recently revealed that the F70 could debut as a hybrid, with a combined electric, gas power rating of over 900 hp.
Whatever the new car is, it will undoubtedly be an attention grabbing high horsepower beauty.
Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa recently gave some incredible insight into the future of the Italian sports car maker. The 65 year-old touched on a few rumors, including that of an entry-level Ferrari.
“You don’t want to understand, do you? Believe me, there is no such Ferrari. We have no intention of increasing our production volume beyond what it takes to satisfy the growing demand of new markets like China and Russia,” Felisa said of a $175,000 Ferrari that some rumored to be a reborn Dino. So it seems we can cross that one off the list one last time, but it appears that Ferrari’s direction will be towards shaving weight from its cars, improving aerodynamic efficiency, and looking for a downsized powerplant for their next entry-level road car.
Currently, Ferrari is putting its finishing touches on the new 599 and is expected to have a V12 powerplant with 700-hp. That same engine is also believed to be in the replacement for the Enzo, which may be known as the F70 come this fall when it finally makes a debut. In the F70 however, the 7.3L V12 could have upwards of 800-hp and the possibility of a KERS package with a 120-hp electric motor. Over 900-hp combined could be interesting, but the idea of a zero-emissions Ferrari is even more intriguing.
Additional details on the F70 include that its weight could come close to the track-only FXX at around 2,550 lbs. Some may even expect it to be faster than the 1001-hp Bugatti Veyron.
There is also a report that a lightweight Ferrari 458 Challenge is due to hit showrooms in mid-2012. The Challenge is expected to be 150 lbs lighter with an increase of 30-hp to an even 600-hp figure.
And lastly, Felisa confirmed that Ferrari has no aspirations to do a four-door sport sedan, or a crossover. They’re leaving that up to Maserati.
[Source: Automobile Mag]
Anticipation for the new Ferrari F620, successor to the 599, is mounting again thanks to a new YouTube video offering an early look at the veiled supercar.
If you haven’t been keeping up to speed, no pun intended, with the numbers surrounding this Italian road demon, revel in this: it’s powered by the FF’s 6.3-liter V12, pumping out more than 700 ponies. Though we can’t comment on exactly what the F620 is going to look like, it’s evident that the basic body characteristics will be the same as the 599 it will replace.
Even draped in black cloth meant to mask specific traits, it resembles a sprinter about to launch on a track. To watch some footage of the F620 out cruising click here. The video isn’t particularly inspirational, but it’s better than still photos. You also get to hear a healthy dose of the exhaust note, which is a scintillating experience for any fanboy.
We’ll bring you the full details during our coverage of the 2012 Geneva Auto Show starting March 6. And check out our spy pics below.
GALLERY: 2013 Ferrari F620
Next year, Ferrari will bid farewell to the aging 599 GTB, but not before giving it one last special edition model.
This next one will be called the 599 GTB 60F1 Edition and it is to commemorate 60-years since Ferrari won its first race in Formula 1 back in July of 1951, at the Silverstone circuit.
This new car will not only commemorate Froilan Gonzalez, who drove the 375 F1 back in 1951, but also Fernando Alonso, who secured the teams first win in the 2011 season.
So as a tribute, a plaque featuring the signatures of Gonzalez and Alonso will be affixed to the dashboard.
Technically these special edition models aren’t much different from the regular 599 GTB, so there is no extra power on tap. However, all the 60F1 special editions will come standard with the Handling Grand Turismo Evoluzione (HGTE) package.
The 60F1 will also feature three special paint schemes:
The 375 F1 livery pays tribute to Gonzalez’s car and is painted in the darker red of historic Ferrari race cars.
The 150th Italia livery is based on the 2011 racer as driven by Alonso and features white A-pillars and buttresses, and white lower front bumper, with painted mudguards and a discreet white paint on the hood. This one also features the tri-colors of the Italian flag on the rear spoiler.
The 150th Italia Livery 2 is completely red, apart from the white lip on the front bumper.
All special edition models also get the Ferrari fender shields and satin finished 20-inch alloy wheels. You will also get grippier rubber for better handling.
Inside, you will either find a four-point racing harness in blue and red (as per all the F1 cars on the 2011 grid), or a regular three-point belt in red for markets that do not alloy four-point harnesses for road cars.
The Euro-spec models will get seats by Sabelt, while the American version will be fitted with Recaro seats. Both types of seats will feature a material called Superfabric which provides more grip.
So if you want to own a piece of Ferrari history, make your way to your local dealer and place your order. All these models will be delivered in 2012.
Gallery: Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1
Rumors are heating up all over the Internet (when are they not) that Ferrari is possibly working on a limited edition 599 Fernando Alonso edition to pay tribute to their star Formula One driver.
Ferrari’s 599 has had plenty of special edition variants, ranging from the GTB Fiorano to the China Edition to the awesome 599XX. But it looks like the 599 will go out with a bang with a 599 Fernando Alonso edition, rumored to be lighter than any of the previous models, possibly making it the fastest.
Rumor has it that this lightweight special edition 599 is set to be released in January with a very limited production of just 40 vehicles. But this could all just be rumors started by the fact that Ferrari released a video of Fernando Alonso taking a F10 Tribute Edition 599 GTO for some laps around Fiorano. We’ll just have to stay tuned to see whether or not this is another Internet myth.
Check out the video of Alonso behind the wheel of the F10 Tribute Edition 599 GTO after the break.
2012 is going to be a big year for Ferrari, with two major product launches at the upper-end of the Italian supercar manufacturer’s model range. Ferrari will be bringing out replacements for its now defunct Enzo supercar and its 599GTB grand tourer.
The Enzo successor will have carbon fiber construction and a midship V12, as well as a hybrid system. Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa confirmed that the system would be in place, and also have benefits beyond performance, with an eye to increased efficiency as well.
Felisa also noted that the next 599 will be a more extreme car than the current version, and make over 700 horsepower. The current 599GTO (above) makes 661 horsepower, so squeezing more out of the front mounted V12 is certainly within the realm of possibility.
[Source: Car and Driver]
Having had the opportunity to experience Lexus‘ LFA firsthand, we can attest to its freakish performance and elegant handling all wrapped in a luxurious package. While its price tag has drawn criticism, it’s certainly not unheard of in the exotic segment and so EVO Magazine decided to compare (very expensive) apples to apples, pitting the Japanese supercar against Ferrari‘s 599 GTO – both vehicles with MSRPs just barely under the $400,000 mark. The result may be surprising to some, with EVO giving their nod to the LFA despite the 599 GTO’s quicker 0-60 time and higher top speed.
It goes without saying that no true auto enthusiast should judge a car simply by its acceleration and top speed, but the 599 GTO clocked a 0-60 time in just 3.8 seconds while the LFA was a solid few ticks behind at 4.2. The LFA’s top speed was recorded at 179-mph while the GTO easily outpaced it at 193-mph. But the article goes way beyond that, with EVO coming to the conclusion that Lexus now has a vehicle that tops Italy’s finest.
“What marks out the LFA for particular praise is its bravery and originality;” says EVO, “for Lexus to create such a car from scratch, with no evolutionary engineering or existing bias from which to work, is a remarkable achievement. Innovative, extreme, immaculately executed and exquisite to drive, it’s the greatest high-performance car Japan has ever produced.”
“Get hung up on the badge and you’ll be blind to its magic. Revel in its rarity, its rare abilities and the fact we’re unlikely to see its like again and you’ll understand why the LFA is one of the greats, and why this test ends with three unexpected, hard-won and thoroughly deserved words: Lexus beats Ferrari.”
Check out a video of EVO Magazine comparing the two cars after the jump.
[Source: Lexus Enthusiast]
Vorsteiner has done an amazing job executing tuning packages on some of Germany’s finest automobiles, and it may have been a long time coming, but they’ve finally gotten their hands dirty on one of Italy’s offerings. The subject of Vorsteiner’s first Italian project is Ferrari‘s 599 GTB Fiorano, the front-engine V12-powered exotic. Drawing inspiration from other 599 variants, Vorsteiner has named their exotic 599 VX, blending the best of both worlds, from the 599 GTO and 599XX.
The 599 VX will come with an eight-piece styling package, replacing the factory front bumper, hood, side skirts, rear deck lid, rear intake panel, and rear bumper (with diffuser). And as always with Vorsteiner’s products, the styling package is constructed out of high quality, lightweight carbon fiber and will be paired with a set of Vorsteiner’s T-6160 aluminum wheels. Finishing off the project is a sporty new stainless steel exhaust, guaranteed to give the 599 a whole new tone.
A countdown on their website shows that the official unveil is slightly five days away, but we have these photos to keep us interested until then.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner Ferrari 599 VX
Ferrari Red is an unmistakable, timeless shade that even the youngest car enthusiasts can recognize from a mile away. But who would have ever thought this many decades later that a matte red Ferrari would look so stunning? An enthusiast on the Teamspeed forum fell in love with Mansory’s Ferrari 599 Stallone package and took it upon himself to drop his black 599 off to Mansory to get the same treatment, but with a twist.
The twist obviously being that the Ferrari received a full matte red wrap along with the Stallone conversion. Even though Mansory styling and products aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, we love the way this finished product looks. It also sports a set of 20×9-inch wheels up front while the rear gets a nice 21×11.5-inch fitment. For performance, the owner opted to have a new exhaust with high-flow cats installed, ECU retuning and of course, new suspension to give the 599 a fitting stance with the wheels.
Lastly, the interior got some Alcantara goodies along with leather, carbon fiber and Mansory branding to show off to the world.
GALLERY: Mansory Matte Red Ferrari 599 Stallone
Low volume car companies are even more likely to update current products rather than develop new ones, and Ferrari is no exception. In the past we have seen the Testarossa turn into the 512TR and then into the F512M. The 348 spawned the 355, while the 456 became the 456M. The 360 Modena gave way to the F430, and the 550 became the 575.
However, don’t expect to see the replacement model for the 599 to be just an update. Reports suggest that its successor will be an all-new car. Ferrari recently replaced the 612 Scaglietti with the completely new FF, and would probably take the same route with the 599.
However, over the last few years, Ferrari has been keeping busy by coming up with newer versions of the 599, which has spawned the 599XX track car, the 599 GTO, and the SA Aperta (above).
The successor to the 599 is expected to be revealed next year, powered by a 700-hp version of the brand’s big V12 engine.
GALLERY: Ferrari 599 SA Aperta
If you want a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano but think it suffers from being too elegant, then the Mansory Stallone might just be up your alley.
Mansory has made quite a name for itself by customizing exotic machinery to its clients individual needs, and it is clear, money doesn’t necessarily buy you good taste. Hence over the years, we have seen many wild and extravagant modifications on many different exotic automobiles, and Ferrari’s are no exception.
Mansory had made just five copies of the modified 599. Along with changing the cars name to Stallone, Mansory has added a unique body-kit, special wheels and an interior of truly questionable taste.
Now you can have a Stallone of your own since one has propped up for sale in Dubai. The seller, Prestige Cars has not listed much information on this 720-hp supercar, so your guess on its price and mileage is as good as ours. Their website just states it is a 2008 model.
So if you’re interested in parking one of these in your garage, now you know where to find one.
GALLERY: Mansory Stallone
Anderson Germany continues to show off its tuning prowess, this time putting their expertise towards Ferrari‘s 599 GTB. Dubbed the Fiorano Race Edition, Anderson Germany seems to have paid tribute to Hamann by utilizing Hamann’s 599 body kit and exhaust to outfit the GTB.
On the outside, the Hamann kit gives the 599 a sleek look, while the dark black shade has been contrasted with a matte black racing stripe with red accents. The sinister black and red theme continues onto the 21-inch wheels, sporting a red pinstripe on a black mesh wheel.
Inside, black and red continues throughout with a bit of carbon fiber inserted into the mix. For performance, the 6.0L V12 has a 30-hp increase, up to 650-hp. Anderson Germany only reveals Hamann’s exhaust as the package’s performance modifications, so it’s a little unknown if more was done to the vehicle to get additional power gains.
GALLERY: Anderson Germany Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Race Edition
Ferrari‘s new shoe-shaped FF four-seater all-wheel drive machine may be a distinct break with the past for the Italian automaker, but don’t look for other models to follow that format – even if they do borrow a few parts.
Gleaned from conversations with Franco Cimatti, one of the prancing horses top engineers, as well as Raffaele De Simone, a test driver for the company, is news that the successor to the 599 will use a version of the FF’s direct-injection 6.3-liter V12 engine. Power will be even greater, however, with the block tuned to pump out 700-hp.
The AWD system will not, however, be a part of the package and the aforementioned company reps were clear that Ferrari has no plans to introduce such a system on its more performance-oriented models. Also out, is offering an AWD version of a normally rear-drive car. Another all-wheel drive Ferrari is, however, a possibility, so if Ferrari does decide to move ahead in this direction, look for the next-generation California to sport the added grip system.
Some rumors point to a 599 successor arriving in 2012, although previous reports have indicated it will follow in the years after that.
Continuing their absolute dominance over the Ferrari aftermarket, Novitec has released photos and information on their 599 GTO 888 tuning program. Novitec Rosso is the first company to offer upgrades for Ferrari’s 599 GTO and it’s quite the complete project. With 888-hp (from 670-hp stock) and 636 ft-lbs of torque, Novitec clearly focused its attention on the powerplant and performance.
Taking the twin-compressor 6.0L V12 to new heights, Novitec optimized both superchargers and added a large water-to-air intercooler to cool the system. An intake manifold was also designed and manufactured and features high performance air filters and injectors.
Naturally, Novitec also outfits the 599 GTO with a high performance exhaust system that sports a quad-tipped setup coated in black. An ECU retune was done to ensure all the changes were optimized.
Aesthetically, Novitec kept it simple applying a special silver paint with yellow cross stripe and white patches, all reminiscent of Ferrari’s 250 GTO race car. Along with lowering the vehicle with Novitec’s suspension, a set of Novitec Rosso NF4 21-inch and 22-inch wheels were installed.
Interior upgrades can be ordered in any desired leather or Alcantara color combination.
GALLERY: Novitec Ferrari 599 GTO 888
Even amongst the highest echelons of supercars, there are two kinds of buyers. Those who grovel and plead for a spot on the waiting list for a new Ferrari, Lamborghini or “off the rack” supercar (and often end up paying significant premiums for the privilege of buying one first).
Then there is the second segment, the uber-wealthy, loyal customers who tell Ferrari what they want, and expect it delivered to them. The most famous, the Sultan of Brunei, gets to design his own cars, which are then built by Ferrari. Others, like Eric Clapton, just want an engine swap.
According to Clapton, the 458 Italia has everything he desires in a car, except for the exhaust note. For Clapton, no V8 will do,. “I love the sound of Ferraris and I, as a musician, can confirm that these engines deliver proper music,” said Clapton. “I have to say that my weak point is the 12-cylinders’ music.”
Reports say that Clapton is having a one-off 458 Italia built with a 6.0L V12 from the 599 Fiorano, and hopefully he’ll let some lucky journalist test drive it…
Ferrari‘s 599 GTO is already sold out, even though the car isn’t expected to go on sale for some time. But Luxury4Play poster MTK enlisted the help of automotive photographer Alex Diaconou to obtain this video of the 599 GTO’s launch event, featuring the low, rumbling idle as the main sound track. The car was unveiled at a private VIP evening at Infineon Raceway.
While it wasn’t possible for the audience to hear the 599 GTO turned up to 11, the fastest road-going Ferrari ever is sure to blow out plenty of ear drugs when it hits the streets in a few months time.
Ferrari claims the GTO is the fastest road-going Ferrari ever, making 670-hp at 8250 rpm and 457 ft-lbs of torque at 6500 rpm, with a 0-62 mph time of 3.35 seconds and a top speed in excess of 208-mph. Helping to achieve quicker acceleration is a reprogrammed six-speed F1 transmission with 60 ms shift times and a lighter curb weight of just 3,538 lbs.
GALLERY: Ferrari 599 GT0
Video after the jump:
Scott Rothstein was once a prominent South Florida lawyer, famous for his humble roots, flashy lifestyle and philanthropy. But after a suicide attempt and a failed escape to Morocco, Rothsetin turned himself in after federal agents exposed his 1.2 billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
Now, the United States government has seized his assets and is auctioning off an assortment of exotic cars owned by Rothstein and a number of shell companies. The list ranges from the very mild (two Pontiac G6s, a Ford Expedition) to the highest echelons of supercar-dom (two Bugatti Veryons, a Ferrari F40).
If you have the funds, and are looking to score a deal on some serious machinery with, shall we say, interesting provenance, take a peek at the list below and get in touch with the appropriate arm of the federal government.
[Source: Dupont Registry]
Full List After The Jump:
The matte-paint trend has just reached a new high… or should we say low. Behold the matte-baby blue Ferrari 599, which is reportedly owned by Lapo Elkann, the grandson of Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli and heir to the company.
No doubt this car will make a few Prancing Horse traditionalists a little woosey. If you consider yourself among that crowd, don’t take a look inside. Why not? Well, there you will find a pair of sporty Ferrari seats covered in a pair of bluejeans.
To make maters worse, the car is apparently not the creation of some aftermarket hack, but a factory job. It looks like Ferrari’s custom options ordering sheet is a little longer than normal when your family owns the company.
GALLERY: Matte Baby Blue Ferrari 599
According to a report on Driver’s Republic, Ferrari will unveil a special HGTE version of it’s 599 GTB flagship at the Geneva Auto Show in March.
Ferrari has produced HGT versions of both the 575 and 612 in the past. The “E” will apparently stand for Evoluzione.
The 599 HGTE will feature a more aggressive front grille (similar to the F430 Scuderia), three-piece 20-inch wheels, a more aggressive tire package and new exhaust outlets. Power should remain the same but expect the exhaust modifications to give the car an even louder growl.
To better work with the new wheels and tires, the suspension system will receive some tweaking, including stiffer springs and anti-roll bars. This setup will be integrated with the Manettino, which will feature new settings.
We expect HGTE models to cost roughly $25,000 more than the standard $302,000 asking price.
[Source: Drivers Republic]
808 Horsepower twin-supercharged Ferrari 599
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No doubt you’ve heard about Novitec Rosso’s 808hp twin-supercharged 599 GTB, and you’ve probably even seen the photos, but we guarantee you haven’t seen seen it in action or heard the V12 howl – until now.
Thanks two two tiny superchargers the 599′s V-12 engine gets a boost of 188hp for a grand total of 808hp, which is available at a lofty 7800 rpm. Torque also gets a big increase and is rated at 607 ft-lbs at 6300 rpm.
This is goood for a 0-62 mph run of 3.5 seconds says Novitec. Further aceleration is even more impressive, however, with a 0-124 mph time of 9.7 seconds and a top speed of at least 211 mph.
Novitec Rosso engineers have fully re-engineered the flagship prancing horse with a KW suspension that features a hydraulic lift in the front. A new a aggressive aerodynamic kit also helps the 599 stay stable at high speeds while giving it the sort of look it deserves.
With 808hp, getting power to the ground would normally be a big issue, so Novitec decided to put the forced of friction it its side thanks to a new set of Novitec wheels – which measure 21×12-inches in the rear with insanely large 355/25/21 Pirelli tires.
Novitec Rosso Ferrari 599 GTB:
Official release after the jump: