Ferrari 599 GTB Puts Its Screaming V12 To Good Use In Top Speed Run

The Ferrari 599 GTB was introduced back in 2006 as a replacement to the 575M Maranello and still looks amazing to this day.

Produced for a total of six years, the 599 GTB Fiorano came outfitted with a 6.0-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine pumping out 612 hp and 448 lb-ft (608 Nm) of torque. The F12 Berlinetta and 812 Superfast both have significantly more power than that but an argument can certainly be made that no Grand Tourer, even if it has a Ferrari badge, needs more than 700 hp.

A few months ago, the owner of a stunning black Ferrari 599 GTB headed to the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds to see what the car is capable of in a straight line.

Also Read: You Could Buy This Ferrari 599 GTB For Just $250 In China

This particular top speed test was conducted along a 2.7-mile (4.3 km) piece of runway and, with the driver pinning their right foot to the throttle, the Italian GT was able to hit a top speed of 202.151 mph (325.330 km/h).

When the 599 first hit the market, Ferrari said it could hit 205 mph (330 km/h) and that’s probably right on the money. During this particular test, the car was slowing gaining speed as it crossed the 200 mph mark and probably could have hit 205 mph if the runway was a touch longer. That’s pretty impressive for a car which is 11-years-old and still looks as good today as it did in 2006.

If money was no object, would you buy the Ferrari 599 GTB, F12 Berlinetta, or 812 Superfast? Based on looks alone, we’d be tempted to go for the 599.


  • ira j.

    l, for one, agree that based on looks alone, the 599 beats both the F12, as well as the 812, both which, to my eye, look too “busy”. The 599 has a purity of line that is, to this day at least, unmatched by anything from Maranello.

    • europeon

      Because this is the last Ferrari designed exclusively by a design house – well, there is California, but that was a Maserati that was rebadged just a few months before production, so it doesn’t really counts.

      Every other car they made since was designed in house by their own “Centro Stile” or under their supervision – thank marchionne for this “brilliant” cost cutting measure.

      • ira j.


      • Sundreamer

        Agreed, I’ve heard F12 owners claiming their car was the last V12 GT designed by Pininfarina and while it carries the badge, it was actually designed in-house with help from…. 599 all the way, the others look like they belong in the next Fast and Furious movie

  • Charles Anderson

    The last v12 with a manual gearbox…

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