• Nov 19th 2009 at 12:30PM
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Ferrari often uses its World Finals event to unveil exclusive new versions of its most enticing road cars. The FXX Evoluzione was unveiled there a couple of years ago, and the 16M Scuderia Spider made its debut at the event last year. But aside from a mishap involving Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and Luca di Montezemolo in a California convertible, this year's event at Valencia came and went with nothing new to offer. However, the latest churns from the rumormill indicate Maranello could be working on an exciting new project.

Supposedly leaked pre-order sheets reportedly refer to a "599 GTO Limited Edition", named in deference to the iconic 250 GTO (to say nothing of the ground-pounding 288 GTO). Based on the 599 GTB Fiorano, the GTO could be Maranello's answer to arch-rival Lamborghini's Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce.

Incorporating design cues and technologies from the 599XX program, the 599 GTO could benefit from a weight-reduction program to cut some 100-150 pound off the curb weight thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber, while squeezing out as much as 700 horsepower from the Enzo-derived 6.0-liter V12. Pricing would be expected to jump by as much as a quarter to nearly $400,000, and if the reports prove accurate, the 599 GTO could be ready for debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March with the first of just 500 examples slated for delivery by this time next year.

[Source: Autogespot]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone, anyone, just race it in GT1. A Ferrari has been absent too long in that arena.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see the 599 like a hypercar as the hardcore Murcielagos, I see it more like a super-super-Grand Tourer. I think the new 458 Italia is more of a performance thing
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, more hard core version of itself. What's not to like? This is the more track version ot the GT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A real tifosi would know that the 250 GTO was an original skin of the 250 SWB - I'm not sure why Ferrari couldn't reskin this either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess it's not a bad idea. At first I didn't really understand it since it's supposed to be a grand tourer with a real trunk and visibility (hence the front engine configuration like its predecessors).

      But then again a hardcore "599 GTO" or whatever it's badged as might be fully necessary to compete with the likes of the new Lexus LF-A, plus even the GT-R (sort of).

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the plain old 599 can take on that competition pretty confidently
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoa, check out the rear camber setup on that thing. It's on the main
      • 5 Years Ago
      watching what they go through to create a Ferrari on the Ultimate Factories, I am in awe of the cars even more. A lot more art than many other cars. An attention to detail that is great. And pity that it seems many FOOLS are the only ones that can buy, drive and wreck them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ooh yes another GTO yay! The 288GTO is my favourite Ferrari, would love to see what they come up with. One day when I'm all grown up I would dream to own both!
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