The Ferrari 599 GTB outputs 620 horsepower from its engine and has a maximum speed of more than 205 mph. The maximum engine speed is 8,400 rpm.
The Ferrari engineers have balanced sportiness with hand-crafted luxury. The Ferrari 599 GTB has a luxurious interior with lots of surface options. Every bit of the 599 can be tweaked to the owner’s liking, though, and Ferrari divides its customization program into four areas: Interior and Materials, Track and Racing, Colors and Exteriors and Equipment and Travel. Other possibilities include an Enzo-inspired carbon-fiber steering wheel with LED rev display, a satellite navigation system and Daytona-style seats with perforated inserts. The cockpit is equally well thought out, with space, comfort, and control optimized.
Ferrari’s “manettino” button made its debut on the 599 GTB. This steering-wheel-mounted switch allows the driver to choose settings for traction control, suspension, shifter systems and stability control.
The F1 gearbox, new on the 599, has slashed gearshift times to 100 milliseconds by coordinating the gear changing and clutching and declutching. The stability control system includes predictive software that reacts to conditions and adjusts vehicle traction through tire grip and power delivery accordingly. Never-let-go road holding is the result — both under acceleration as well as in extreme braking and cornering conditions.
Downforce and drag studies have created a vehicle in which suction surpasses lift, thereby further stabilizing the 599. The bodyshell is light from its aluminum chassis and bodywork, the 599 delivers superior torsional rigidity.