• Apr 15th 2010 at 8:01PM
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Ferrari 599 GTO presented at Modena's Ducal Palace Military Academy – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ferrari brought out the big guns last night for the official presentation of the new 599 GTO. A big gun in its own right, it was presented by the company's chairman Luca di Montezemolo, chief executive Amedeo Felisa and vice-chairman Pierro Ferrari, son of the legendary Enzo. Which is a good thing considering the venue: Modena's Ducal Palace military academy... the same location, incidentally, that sister company Maserati chose to unveil the Quattroporte Automatic over three years ago.

The grand gala, which also involved the participation of Ferrari factory test drivers and military cadets in front of a crowd of 500 clients, almost seems like overkill. Never mind that the fastest road car ever built by Ferrari speaks for itself, and that the supercar is set for an additional unveiling at Beijing Motor Show later this month. But the 599 GTO, according to reports, is already sold out. All 599 examples of it. Which means that, even if you've got the £300,000 asking price, the closest you're likely to get is via the video after the jump. Check it out. (It's actually dubbed over in English this time!)

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Ferrari 599 GTO presented at Modena's Military Academy. Montezemolo "A wonderful and extraordinary car"

Maranello, 15 April – The 599 GTO world premiere, held exclusively for Ferrari clients, ended around midnight last night.

The 12-cylinder Berlinetta, produced in a limited edition of 599, was presented at a symbolic place of the city of Modena: the Military Academy's Ducal Palace. A choice, as Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo underlined, to "confirm the deep relationship between Ferrari with the terroir and especially with Modena. The Academy is a proper centre of excellence, a historical place, with culture and passion. The Academy and Ferrari are an expression of Italian excellence of this region."

The evening, with the participation of Ferrari Vice Chairman Piero Ferrari and CEO Amedeo Felisa, started with a welcome address from Montezemolo and the Academy's Commander General Roberto Bernardini.

A few moments later three 599 GTOs arrived through the Ducal Palace's entry gate, accompanied by impressive light beams in red, illuminating the Academy's courtyard. The cars were driven by Luca Badoer, Giancarlo Fisichella and long-time test driver Dario Benuzzi, with three cadets as co-drivers, underlining the strong relationship with the Academy.

The three Berlinettas were then admired by the 500 guests from all over the world, followed by enthusiastic comments on the 599 GTO, while some felt sorry for not being amongst the 599 clients of this exceptional model. The 599 GTOs of this special limited series, which will be produced, are already sold.

The expectations for this car with such an important name are extremely high, as Montezemolo explained: "We've created a wonderful car, the most powerful in our history, an exclusive car I wanted to give a historical name like GTO, because it deserves it".

The 599 GTO's next official appearance will be in Beijing, at the International Automotive Exhibition. A decision taken, considering the growing market for Ferrari in the Asia Pacific region and in China.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the front, the rear and the inside. But the side profile looks very cheap and a tad Japanese.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the whole thing looks like a last gen Supra with a body kit. Ugh...Ferrari rarely makes beautiful cars nowadays.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what? . . . no dry ice, no strobe lights, no fire works . . .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love it. I'd like one, but not as excited by Ferrari as I use to be. Perhaps I'm getting old, or perhaps it's Pagani.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this frickin car! Gorgeous interior! Thats what i'm talking about!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear God That's Hot. Hottest ferrari since the enzo debuted. Time to stalk carsNcoffee
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a hard time fitting this car into the GTO/F40/F50/Enzo lineage. It's clearly awesome, but a hopped up 599. I want one, but not as much as if it were an F65. For the money I'd want clean sheet design not a special edition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i wish this car had single center-locking lug like the 599xx, but other than that, this car is as perfect as it can get!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dissagree. I was wondering what was different about the GTO, but
        seeing it side by side with the XX, you can tell there are subtle differences
        in the front bumper and fenders. Its damn close, but if you want
        perfection, it's the XX.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With all the due respect, but it is a far cry from the 1984 288 GTO, this is a beefed up 599 without the authenticity and uniqueness of the 288.

      I don't get it but the GTO supposed to be the flagship of Ferrari (288 succeeded by F40)

      They just want to extend the product life cycle by this so called GTO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The authenticity and uniqueness of being a tarted up 8 year old 308?

        The 288 GTO was sweet.
        The 599 GTO is sweet.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take the one on the right please!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Recession? What recession?
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