In the past decade Ferrari has launched so many great cars, it is getting kind of hard to keep track of them all. Most of these cars are future classics, which is why every once in a while we should take a look back at some of them and remind ourselves of what makes these cars so great. This time we are looking at the Ferrari 599 GTO.
It was a bit hard to understand what Ferrari 599 GTO was all about when they first released it back in 2011. The GTO was the road-going version of the 599XX race car, which was a racing version of the road-going 599 GTB. It was all about confusing. But that wasn’t really a problem because anybody with any basic knowledge about cars knows that anything with Ferrari GTO written on it has to be revered like it was sent to us by the Almighty himself!
Apart from the legendary title this car is born with, there is a lot about the Ferrari 599 GTO worthy of respect. It comes with a 670 horsepower V12 engine which is the same basic engine used today in the LaFerrari, and it can lap the Fiorano test track in in 1’24″. Those are seriously admirable figures. Then there was the limited production number of just 599 units and those fantastic looks.
Granted, the 599 is hardly the prettiest Ferrari ever built, but the GTO with its two-tone paint jobs, lowered ride height, large wheels, and optional stripe looks very special. Of course, this fully blacked-out example you see here doesn’t benefit from the two-tone effect, but it looks even cooler what with the black wheels and yellow brake calipers.
Photos by Atomic80 PhotographySpotlight: Ferrari 599 GTO,