With a promise to continue the family heritage, a new two-door coupe, the V12-powered Ferrari 599 GTB, fills the void created by the departure of the 575M Maranello, a magnificent super car last produced for the 2004 model year. With few exceptions, Ferrari has a long history of creating beautiful and exhilarating automobiles. The 2007 599 GTB suggests that the company’s winning streak will continue on unabated, as this fine coupe, with unmistakable Ferrari styling and performance from a V12 engine derived from the legendary Enzo, finds its way into the hands of anxious owners later this year.
Price: TBA. Expect a price of between $225,000 and $260,000 the prices of the outgoing 575 and 612.
Power and Performance: Under the 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB’s hood is a 6.0-liter V12 generating 620 horsepower at 7,600 rpm and 448 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,600 rpm. With that massive twelve-cylinder engine tucked inside, the 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB can reportedly make a run to 62 mph in only 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 205 mph. At those speeds, drivers will likely appreciate the four-wheel disc brakes, with 353-mm rotors up front and 328-mm rotors out back. For clutch pedal aficionados, the 599 GTB can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Others, however, may enjoy the F1-SuperFast automatic that executes shifts in mere milliseconds.
Why it matters: The Ferrari name symbolizes the best in automotive design and outstanding performance, though the time has come where even relative commoners like the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Dodge Viper can better the Italians in a run to 60 mph. With its 620-horsepower V12, the 2007 599 GTB matches or beats its equal and lesser competitors in regards to performance, yet does so with the beauty and exclusivity only available with a Ferrari.