The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is, in a word, awesome. Not in the new, slang sense of the word, but in the traditional “inspiring great admiration and regard” sense, as in, “behold the awesome power of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.” It has a 6.0-liter V12 that pumps out 612 horsepower, hits 0-to-60 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds, and has a top speed of 205 mph.
Upon looking at the 599, one of the first things you’ll notice, aside from its wonderful styling, is the long hood. Most supercars have a mid-engine setup where the engine is positioned behind the driver, meaning that the hood ca be shortened. The 599 GTB has a long hood for one main reason: the engine can be mounted in the front, but still be behind the front axle. Thus, the 599 GTB is technically a mid-engine car, even though the engine is in the traditional spot. Furthermore, the front axle is made of lightweight materials, causing the weight distribution of the car to be a 47/53 split, favoring the rear. 85% of the cars whole weight is positioned between the two axles, making the 599 GTB as responsive in steering as it is fast.
The 599 GTB also benefits from Ferrari’s Formula 1 racing heritage by incorporating a new stability trac system called, appropriately enough, F1-Trac. Combined with a manual transmission with an automatic clutch control, the stability system makes for some incredible cornering. Gear shifts are almost instantaneous, and pulling through a tight corner makes the engine sing.
Taking home a new 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano will cost you a pretty penny. The base model begins around $270,000, and it will quickly climb once you add on some extras. In particular, the $20,000 HGTE package (which stands for Handling Gran Turismo Evolution) is a must-have for any auto enthusiast who likes to put a car through its paces. This package adds a firmer suspension, better anti-roll bars, and lowers the car by a half-inch to give it a lower center of gravity and hence better footing when taking a corner quickly. Add in this package and a few other extras, and the price tag will easily hit $305,000. Of course, if you’re already spending $270k, what’s another 50?