Ferrari 599 GTB successor to get more than 700 hp

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 9, 2011

Ferrari’s replacement for the 599GTB is said to offer an even more extreme performance than the existing car and is priced higher too. This car will be displayed at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show this March. Ferrari also made an announcement recently that Ferrari’s 2012 successor for its Enzo supercar will be a carbon-fiber vehicle that’s equipped with V-12 mounted midships and a hybrid system.

Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa also confirmed that the replacement for the 599GTB, which is set to be released in 2012, will keep its front-engine arrangement. It will be built mostly from aluminum alloys and not from carbon composites.

Felisa said that this vehicle will deliver more than 700hp, according to Caranddriver. Notably, the new Lamborghini Aventador offers 700hp. However, Felisa denies that the company is consciously competing with the Aventador in terms of the horsepower offered. The outgoing 599GTB produces 612hp and the GTO version delivered 661hp, so achieving 700hp isn’t that much of a stretch.

The name of this new Ferrari vehicle -- 599 GTB Fiorano -- is a combination of different inspirations. The number 599 was derived from the displacement of the car’s V12 engine divided by 10 while the initials GTB were inspired by Gran Turismo Berlinetta, the most famous berlinettas from Ferrari. Meanwhile, “Fiorano” was derived from the circuit where Ferrari tests and fine-tunes its road and race cars.

Thus, the name “599 GTB Fiorano” practically sums up the capabilities and wonders of this new all-aluminum two-seater Ferrari unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. During the design phase, Ferrari listed a number of objectives that should be achieved by the time the final model is released. First and foremost, the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano should be capable of surpassing the intense driving pleasure brought by iconic models like the Ferrari F40.

Likewise, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano should ensure remarkable performance through technologies derived from the carmaker’s F1 expertise as well as through its highly innovative content. Also, the new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano should be able to deliver a whole new level of comfort, spaciousness, safety and ergonomics.

Amazingly, Ferrari was able to achieve all of these objectives in the new 599 GTB Fiorano. Power is provided for by a 5999cc naturally aspirated V10 engine that delivers 620 hp of max output at 7,600 rpm -- with a top engine speed of 8,400 rpm – and 608 Nm of peak torque available at 5,600 rpm. It boasts of a specific power output of 103 hp/liter.

This power source is able to optimize torque delivery and drivability at both low and high revs, thanks to twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank that features continuously variable timing on both inlet and exhaust cams.

The V10 engine boasts of lowering its center of gravity thanks to a twin-plate, low inertia clutch while its noise has been reduced by the a chain driven distribution system. With this power on hand, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of over 330 km/h.

However, it is not only the sprint and the speed that matter in the GTB Fiorano, but also its innovative content that ensures superb driving enjoyment and handling, as well as sportiness. Interestingly, this huge surge in power and performance did not deter Ferrari to also focus on the 599 GTB Fiorano’s fuel consumption, which is practically the same as its predecessor.

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