The fascia is an exercise in leather and carbon-fibre, with aluminium highlights.
NORMAL is self-explanatory and in SPORT, the settings are optimised for dry roads, allowing for sporty performance, stability and the opportunity to ‘press on’. At this point, the F1-SuperFast gear-change comes into play, as does the F1-Trac system, which takes over the handling, dynamics and stability duties from the ASR.
For track use only, the RACE setting means that the CST influence is at a minimum and the F1-SuperFast speeds up even further. Finally, there is a CST mode, where the driver is on his or her own, save for the ABS with EBD. It is this position that enables the Launch Control function. The ‘LC’ button on the centre console looks innocuous enough but pressing it unleashes some F1 madness. The instructions are simple; Press ‘LC’, depress brake, rev to 5,000rpm and release brake. It sounds easy enough but they forgot to say, ‘hold on tight’. However, Ferrari does warn that ‘LC’ should only be used if the driver has had expert tuition, is confident, the road is dry and in a controlled environment.
The Manettino selection is shown as part of the Multi-display panel next to the dominant yellow or red rev-counter that takes pride of place in the centre of the heavily-cowled, instrument panel. The fascia is an exercise in leather and carbon-fibre, with aluminium highlights. The mini jet-engine, air vents are incredibly tactile as are the climate control knobs.
Although, there are some elements that can be seen in other cars bearing the ‘prancing horse’ badge, the 599 has its own racing seats for extra support during performance driving and the passenger has been given a central, grip handle, for the same reason.
The manual 599 GTB Fiorano will set you back £179,902 and the F1 version is a cool £184,902. This is its basic form with a list of standard features that includes bi-xenon headlights with wipers, electric heated, sports wing mirrors, automatic lights and wipers, a tyre-pressure and temperature monitoring system, electric sports seats with electro-pneumatic bolsters and a radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility, a compact flash-drive, a voice control, Bluetooth connectivity.
The test car arrived with quite a few extras from the extensive ‘Carrozzeria Scaglietti’ options list, which brought the total OTR price to £216,324. These extras included a BOSE Hi-Fi sound system, parking sensors, Recaro seats, extended leather upholstery, which covers the rear bench wall (with luggage straps) and headliner, amongst other things. By far the most expensive extra in the car and the list, was the Carbon-ceramic brake system at £11,495.
I haven’t mentioned the fuel economy figures and to a point, neither do Ferrari - but I can tell you that the combined works out as 13.2mpg and that those shiny tailpipes emit 490g/km CO2, the insurance group is 20 and there’s 11.3 cu ft of luggage space in the sensible, split-level boot.14 October 2007
Ferrari 599 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||3.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||205 mph|
|Transmission||F1-SuperFast automatic, complete with steering wheel mounted paddles|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBC|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited Mileage|
|Price (when tested on the 14/10/07)||£184,902|