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2009-06-26 10:16
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ferrari
Model 599 GTB HGTB
Engine 6l V12
Power 456kW @ 7 600r/min
Torque 607Nm @ 5 600r/min
Italy is a country of elaborate hyperbole. Meet the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Handling GT Evoluzione.

Although its engine is in the right place – up front, unlike other contemporary Ferraris – you could make a case for the 599 GTB HGTB being a very cynical exercise.

For the $42 000 premium you pay over a standard 599 GTB Fiorano, there are scant clues to where the money has been spent.

Ferrari says the 20-inch alloy wheels are bespoke (they don’t look much different to us), and there is now a better carbon-fibre finish on the aft diffuser – wow.

Inside Alcantara and carbon-fibre has been liberally cut, copied and pasted all over to justify the price.

In case you are wondering where your extra $42 000 went – considering you could simply have bought a ‘stock’ 599 GTB – there is “Handling GTE” seat embroidery. Stupendous.

Mechanically the 599 GTB HGTB rides on a modified suspension system, which is after all the entire aim of the exercise. 

Featuring a magnetorheological damping set-up with revised springs, supported by special compound tyres, cornering G-forces should be negligibly up from a 599 GTB’s, hence the strengthened anti-roll bars…

The gearbox and engine management software has been upgraded too, rendering a more vicious shift and blipping response, with a revised exhaust system, featuring new tips, rounding off acoustic validity.

Better than a 599 GTB Fiorano? Not enough to notice.

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