Introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, the 599 GTB Fiorano took its name from Ferrari’s famous test track and was the latest in a succession of models named after places associated with the marque such as Modena and Maranello. Having favored the mid-engined layout for its 12-cylinder road cars from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s, Ferrari surprised everyone by introducing the 550 Maranello. The latter’s arrival in 1997 saw the Italian manufacturer return to its tradition of building front-engined V-12 two-seater sports cars, resurrecting a line that had remained dormant since the demise of the 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ in 1974. The 599 was the latest in this noble line that stretched all the way back to the 250GT of the early 1960s. In designing the 599, Ferrari abandoned the tubular steel chassis of the 550/575, adopting a more advanced and lighter all-aluminum chassis of greatly increased stiffness. Styled by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari’s Frank Stephenson, the 599 with its long bonnet, small cabin, raised haunches and aggressive stance seemed the very definition of the term ‘sports car’.
The heart of any Ferrari is its engine, and the 599’s 48-valve, 6.0-litre V12 was a reworked version of that found in the Enzo supercar. Developed as part of Ferrari’s Formula 1 program, the paddle shift gearbox had become a feature of its range-topping sports cars and was available in its latest form for the 599, capable of changing gear in a mere 100 milliseconds. Although active suspension had long been banned from Formula 1, its development for road cars had continued and the 599 came equipped with SCM magnetorheological ‘semi-active’ dampers. The latter’s damping fluid changes in viscosity almost instantaneously when a magnetic field is applied, thereby altering the suspension characteristics. Damper controls were placed on the Formula 1-style steering wheel together with those for traction control and stability, as was the starter button. The 599’s fortunate driver would find him/herself looking at a central analogue rev counter flanked by a similar speedometer and an electronic display screen for all other functions. Ferrari thoughtfully provided plentiful storage space within the sumptuous leather-trimmed interior.
Delivered to its first owner through Ferrari Kuwait in October 2006 Left-hand drive and finished in the classic Rosso / Tan colour combination Main dealer serviced throughout whilst in Kuwait with accompanying service book and invoices Now showing 65,000km and supplied with a UK V5c The 599 replaced the 575 in the summer of 2006 and brought the front-engined V12 Ferrari slap bang into the modern age. Whereas the 550 and 575, even at their introduction, always felt like modern classics, the 599 was every inch a new-age Ferrari: all-aluminium chassis, lashings of glossy carbon fibre, F1 SuperFast gearbox, F1-Trac stability and traction control, magnetic semi-active dampers and carbon-ceramic brakes, all wrapped in aggressive, aero-optimised bodywork with minimal overhangs and maximum presence. Top billing, though, went to the engine – a lightly modified version of the Enzo’s 6-litre V12 with a mighty 611bhp at 7600rpm, endowing Ferrari’s new series-production flagship with truly sensational performance: 0-60 in 3.5sec, 0-100 in 7.4 and 205mph. This left-hand drive Ferrari 599 GTB F1 Fiorano was supplied new on 9th October 2006 to its first owner, a Mr Meshaal, through Official Ferrari Dealer, Kuwait Automobile & Trading Co. Finished in Rosso with Tan, the cabin benefits from having the carbon interior package, Daytona-style seats, and a Bose sound system with iPod kit. Whilst in Kuwait, the car was only serviced by Ferrari Main Dealers as recorded in the service book and the host of invoices in the file. Supplied with its original leather wallet, all manuals, original service book, Ferrari battery conditioner, spare key, tools and a UK V5c, this car has now covered 65,000 km, equivalent to 40,390 miles. The 599 is offered with UK registration and relevant documents, owners manuals, tools and original leather cases.
A sensibly priced and well looked-after 599, this car would make a great entry into the amazing world of front-engined, V-12, two-seater sports cars.