In terms of performance, the 599 GTB was a landmark car for Ferrari. It was fitted with a 6.0-litre V-12 engine derived from the Enzo and was capable of mind-bending performance. With 620 brake horsepower at 7,600 rpm, a 0–100 km/h time of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of over 300 km/h, it is a properly quick car by anyone’s standards. Even more incredible was that this performance eclipsed that of the F40 and even the Enzo and McLaren F1 in terms of acceleration, all from a car touted as a high-speed, luxurious grand tourer!
Like the 575M before it, Ferrari introduced the Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione (HGTE) package in 2009 to upgrade the 599’s already wonderful handling dynamics. Buyers could opt to add this as an option when ordering their 599, or existing owners could return their car to an authorised Ferrari dealership, where their car could be upgraded. The package includes a 10mm lower ride height, stiffer front and rear springs with adjustable shocks, a thicker anti-roll bar, new wheels, and tyres with slightly wider front wheels. Inside, the car received carbon fibre bucket racing seats with HGTE embroidery. Finally, the exhaust silencers were modified and the F1 Gearbox ECU remapped to shift 15 milliseconds faster, giving the car a more aggressive demeanour.
The 599 GTB presented here was delivered new to the United Kingdom via HR Owen in September, 2009. It is finished in metallic Nero Daytona over a Nero Leather and Alcantara interior with contrasting Grigio Chiaro stitching and Grey Safety Belts.
In addition to the desirable Handling HGTE package, further specification options include; Scuderia Shields, White Rev Counter, Aluminium Brake Callipers, Carbon Ceramic Brake System, Ipod Connection, Carbon Fibre Driving Zone & LEDs, Carbon Fibre Dash Inserts, Carbon Fibre Central Bridge, and 20 Inch Split Rim Wheels in Silver.
The car sits today showing 21,715 miles from new and has been maintained fastidiously throughout its life with 12 service stamps present in the book, all from main dealer agents. It also benefits from an extended Factory Warranty until April, 2024. The Ferrari 599 GTB with the HGTE Handling Package is an impressive example of the brand’s iconic front-engined V12 that effortlessly blends a dynamic driving experience with wonderful grand touring capabilities. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.