• Apr 7th 2007 at 8:05PM
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If you're like us you've been waiting for your new Ferrari for what seems like forever. If instead you actually put down a deposit and signed physical paperwork at a Ferrari dealer, you might have been waiting for as long as 18 months for your new Italian steed. That's the typical lag time between order and delivery from Maranello. If it's a 599 GTB you want, you're looking at around two years' wait.

But Ferrari hopes to get their well-heeled customers behind leather-wrapped wheels sooner, by increasing output by five-percent. At first that doesn't sound like much, but considering Ferrari sold 5,671 cars last year, a five-percent boost in production will mean about 283 (283.55 to be exact) more Italian supercars on the world's roads.

One reason for the extended wait and therefore the increase in output is Ferrari's booming popularity worldwide, especially in China. Ferrari hopes to sell 170 cars there this year and is looking at even bigger numbers after opening a Ferrari technical center and high-performance driving school for Chinese customers.

More Ferraris on the road can only be a good thing, in our opinion. (Especially since they keep getting run into walls and trees.) We dream of a day when prancing horses are as ubiquitous in rush-hour traffic as Mustangs, when we routinely get cut off by screaming red blurs of speed and every home has a a chicken in every pot and a V-12 in every garage. Our dream also usually has beer volcanoes and is cut short by an alarm clock just asking to be smashed against the wall.

[Source: El Mundo via MotorAuthority]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      About the order time i just put in an order in the UK for a Ferrari 599 GTB and my deleviery date is June which is amazing considering the waiting list is at 2 years lool i guess i'm lucky
      • 8 Years Ago
      I, too, would love to see Ferraris as popular as Mustangs, but, I want the price on par with the Mustang as well. Get the price down that low and I'll consider buying an import.

      Based on what I've read of Ferraris, they aren't worth my money as they're priced now. Ownership costs are too high, maintance is too high, etc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a meticulous build area. I love the way the lifts lower level to the flooring.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, seeing a Ferrari next to you on the road usually screams "vulgar money" rather than "knows how to drive." How about a compromise? I'll go with Jaymez's idea that they lower the price, but also with HC's idea that they remain rare, by making each purchaser pass a driving test. They shoulda made that the test with the Enzos anyways, instead of whatever dumb-f--k test they used; woulda given the Enzos a far longer half-life.
      • 8 Years Ago
      eh... no?
      i wouldn't want to see a Ferrari be as ubiquitous in
      rush-hour traffic as Mustangs.
      They are SPECIAL, not some mass-produced junk.

      that quote should be the joke of the day.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "that quote should be the joke of the day"
      I couldn't agree more. People purchase a supercar is for uniqueness. There is no means to make a Ferrari traffic. If that happens, people will not love Ferrari as usual anymore. Again, stop mass production, stop price dropping, stop SUV plan for exotics manufacturer. Who wish Ferrari trafiic is similar to kids would like full house of chocolates.
      Don't go the way as Porsche does.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When you want something very special you have to wait for it. I've been waiting four months for my Mbl reference sound system, now I'm in waiting list for a Ferrari 599 GTB
      • 8 Years Ago
      By my calculations, with a 5% increase in production they will reduce the 18 month waiting period by a whopping 27 days
      • 8 Years Ago
      ^ Ya like Hondas and Toyuckas
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