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Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano launched

2006-03-02 08:15

Stunning 599 GTB Fiorano has F1 genes

The Fiorano part of the car's name comes from the circuit Ferrari used to hone the performance of Ferrari's track and road cars; GTB as in Gran Turismo Berlinetta after the most famous Ferrari berlinettas ever built; and 599 to reflect the displacement of its V12 engine divided by 10.

Naturally it shares technology with Ferrari's F1 cars resulting in sizzling performance.

The new 599 GTB Fiorano sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in an astonishing 3.7 seconds and boasts a top speed in excess of 330 km/h.

The technical specification of the engine speaks for itself: 5 999 cm3 displacement, 456 kW at 7 600 r/min and maximum torque of 608 Nm at 5 600 r/min.

Twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank boast continuously variable timing on both inlet and exhaust cams to optimise torque delivery and drivability at both low and high revs.

A twin-plate, low inertia clutch in unit with the engine also helps lower the centre of gravity.

Chain driven distribution reduces noise and is maintenance-free.

Engine sound

Development work for the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano also focused specifically on the distinctive sound the engine makes, reducing mechanical resonance in favour of a pure V12 soundtrack from both the intake manifold and the exhaust system.

This not only enhances driving pleasure but makes for a quieter ride inside the cabin itself.

The new generation F1 gearbox that debuts on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is a further development of the F1 gearbox used on all of the models in the Ferrari range.

The F1-SuperFast system enhances the car's high-performance capabilities by using the elastic energy within the transmission components, together with the integrated electronic engine and gearbox management programmes, to speed up gear change times.

The various stages involved in changing the gears are implemented in parallel (non-sequentially) and this results in exceptionally fast gear shifting. In fact, it cuts overall gear-shift times to just 100 milliseconds.

The system is integrated with the manettino and the driver is still free to choose between either the Automatic mode or the Launch Control setting which offers smoother starts from standstill.


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