History shows that only twice before has Ferrari attached the ultimate mark of speed and desirability to a street machine, namely the 1962 250 GTO and the 1984 288 GTO – both were defined by performance and an intention to go racing. At the time of the new models announcement in 2010 Ferrari claimed that the 599 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) was their fastest ever road car, able to lap the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute 24 seconds, one second faster than the Ferrari Enzo. Only 599 of the GTO model were ever built and in its initial release they were impossible to get your hands on, only a select few were invited by Ferrari to purchase. This specific model is finished in The Mugello Rosso special ‘two paint finish’ which is absolutely stunning.
When you climb into the Ferrari 599 GTO cabin, there is much more of a racecar feel than a standard 599. The interior garnish is more purposeful, carpets have bene replaced by rubber mats and naked carbon fibre. The snug seats have four-point harnesses. The rev counter reads to 10,000rpm.
Fire it up and you’ll be faced with a conventional handbrake, two drilled pedals and large gearshift paddles. The engine growls with menace. The noise made by the GTO’s 6.0-litre V12 is so complex, and so rich, you could sit there and listen to it at idle all day long. But it sounds even better on the move, under load, screaming up its vast rev range through second, then third, then fourth – almost as quickly as you can read this sentence.
When reading the statistics on this car they are not just impressive, they really are staggering! With an engine producing 670 PS (493 kW; 661 bhp) at 8250 rpm and 620 N·m (460 lb·ft) of torque at 6500 rpm. Ferrari claims the 599 GTO can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of over 335 km/h (208 mph).
The numbers tell only part of the story. Naturally handling is exemplary and road presence is extraordinary. The 599 GTO is impossible to describe and unmistakable when in its presence, this Ferrari is truly incredible.