EUR 592,306JPY 78,729,299BGN 1,158,432CZK 15,066,485DKK 4,411,376GBP 505,000HUF 185,291,052PLN 2,487,448RON 2,755,999SEK 6,146,654CHF 707,450ISK 73,001,701NOK 5,703,313HRK 4,394,554RUB 44,574,927TRY 2,960,641AUD 949,940BRL 2,492,719CAD 927,669CNY 4,561,466HKD 5,676,008IDR 10,034,313,313ILS 2,573,569INR 48,022,088KRW 778,680,861MXN 13,622,562MYR 2,825,181NZD 1,014,857PHP 37,757,724SGD 956,811THB 22,750,469ZAR 8,923,858
Offered for: GBP 505,000
Hailed by Ferrari itself as “the most extreme sports car” it had ever produced, the 599 GTO is only the third Ferrari to wear the illustrious GTO badge. The first GTO in the family, produced between 1962 and 1964, shares some fundamental DNA with the 599, including front-engined, rear-drive configuration with essentially all of the engine’s mass riding behind the front axle centerline, a similar style of aero device on the rear bonnet and aluminium V-12 engines.
The 599 GTO followed both the 599 GTB road car and the 599XX race car. It would be usual to classify the GTO as an enhanced version of the GTB, with little to set the GTO apart visually from its road going sibling; just additional aero elements at the front, aggressive looking rear air diffusers and other assorted airflow management details. However, it is these touches that combine to double the high-speed downforce of the ‘standard’ 599, along with an additional 50 horses in its V-12 power unit, a full 100kg weight reduction and a gearbox response that is twice as fast. In fact, the Maranello-based outfit saw the GTO as its road legal version of the 599XX track-only car, rather than a hotted-up version of the GTB.
Ferrari claims that the 599 GTO with its DOHC 48-valve V-12, port fuel injected engine is capable of 3.35sec on a 0-62mph run which, combined with increased grip over the GTB, large carbon-ceramic rotors and Brembo ceramic pads that provide sensational braking abilities, amounts to a very special driving package. Furthermore, the 599 GTO offers five settings for its driver by the manettino (Italian for ‘little hand’), mounted in the steering wheel centre. This dial manages traction control, stability and shift responses. Its lowest setting is for poor conditions, next is for ‘sport’, which increases the stability control threshold markedly. In race mode, the threshold goes even higher, and shift time is reduced to a tiny 60 milliseconds. Setting four cancels traction control, and the fifth and final position shuts down all electronic assistance.
This left hand drive example, complete with Ferrari Classiche certification, was delivered to its first owner in Italy in February 2011. The factory built only 599 examples, which were all pre-sold to existing friends of the brand, making acquisition even more exclusive. Finished in Nero Daytona paintwork with Grigio Silverstone Opaco roof, the 599 GTO sports numerous factory options, including Giallo instruments, yellow brake calipers and carbon fibre headlamp buckets and side sills. Now registered in the UK, the 599 GTO is offered for sale with only 5300 kilometres to its name.
Serviced by a Ferrari main dealer in October 2016 and presented with all books, keys and a car cover, this 599 GTO truly encapsulates the tifosi spirit. Useable on both road and track, the Ferrari’s performance is already legendary. As journalist, Matt Prior wrote following his Autocar road test, ‘this is a genuine landmark car for Ferrari, and deserves the success it has already achieved. It’s also a bona fide addition to the GTO family, make no mistake.’
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