Nott to 60 in 3.8 seconds and in 7.4 seconds it reaches 100mph. And, within a few more seconds you will easily be past 200mph. All this is good. But, what if I said this isn’t alone a fast car, but it is spacious, luxurious and comfortable and some feel it is good looking too. Will you then mind waiting for almost 24 months for a delivery of this car costing $400,000?
I am talking about the F-139, better known the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. There is arrogance within and around the prancing horse’s stable. Go to book or merely enquire about the car and the manager or sales executive claim with the nose high in air that a Ferrari is worth waiting for at least 18 months. They reason the strategy for exclusivity. They further will tell you that people who have a lot of money and obsessed with having the best, the fastest in this case suffer from brand immunity and thus want nothing but a Ferrari.
Look at the car and you know it is influenced by American-muscle car styling. The long bonnet with pronounced haunches makes it very American. This car replaces the 575M Maranello and is designed by Pininfarina under the guidance of Frank Stephenson. Still, I say it looks American.
The 599 carries the 6 litre, V-12 from the Enzo but is refined a bit only to make it 1.5 seconds slower than the Enzo. But, since it is 150kilos lighter than the 575, it is undoubtedly quicker. Well, when I say refined, I mean a few components were compacted due to the space restrictions in the front-engine installation. Apart from this it has got magnetic suspension and an intelligent traction control system that senses you are in danger before you even know. The leather interior is quite comfy and has a very good looking interior. There is also a boot space that can fit your luggage. This then is perhaps one of those very few supercar manufacturers that manage to make a fast car which is luxurious and roomy too. Long distance drives with some luggage is very much possible in this Ferrari, oh yes. So, this is worth the wait, isn’t it?
This 612hp, 608nm producing 6-litre, V12 engine has an all-aluminium chassis for less weight but more strength. It also has no turbo. With around 160kgs of downforce, there is seldom anything could go wrong, unless you are tipsy. The cornering ability in this frankly big car amazes you. This is due to the proper weight-distribution: the engine may be mounted in the front but is behind the front axle and the gear-box is at the back. You choose from a 6-speed manual gearbox and a F1-superfast automatic mounted on the steering column.
The paddle-shift gear box is so quick that it can disengage the clutch, pick the gear and reengage the clutch as you blink. The LEDs on the steering wheel prompts you to change gears too. That is marvelous. The F1 madness doesn’t end there. There is an acronym called LC – yeah!!! Launch Control which is strictly advised for confident drivers on dry road conditions. They also add that you must hold the brake, rev up to 5000rpm and then release the brake. They completely forgot to warn the driver to hold on tight. Every time you step into any Ferrari, you find yourself miles away from any other supercar, even a faster one. It is just so technically advanced and so… perfect.
But, if you mistreat this car, that is if you forcibly drift or even power slide it, it may just not respond like you want it to. It is like a female, this car. More specifically, a female you are hitting on. You don’t forcibly want to make love because that may ruin the relationship. You respect, tickle, tease and make her feel like a woman and love her. In the 599, you need to do the same. You do a powerslide by slowly taking the corner faster and faster and then slightly rudely and then mistreat it and then enjoy going sideways. In other words, if you are even slightly successful, the ending is great. But, if you get it wrong, oh dear!!!
But, then there is hardly a moment when you can commit a mistake. The car is well-balanced and even when the traction control is off, the stiffened suspension doesn’t leave the tarmac. Let me put it this way: Many people ask me as an actor (part-time) that what is the facial expression of been lucky? If I did all the above written stuff in an LP640, I would have been at the edge of the cliff where I am almost going to tip down to death but manage to escape it. That’s the expression of luck. But, then there is also a chance I don’t make it. This is the feeling you will not get in a 599. This is a quick car that punishes you if you are not concentrating. But, the punishment isn’t death.
You may be thinking considering its 50 years of racing pedigree, the 599 is nothing short of perfect. Yes, it is perfect. But, just for the same reason, I am not impressed.
Most supercars have issues with rear visibility; this doesn’t. Most supercars have air-cons that don’t function as it is supposed to; this one works. The equipment that you get in the Ferrari is like any other normal road car – bi-xenon headlights with wipers, electric heater, sports wing mirrors, automatic lights and wipers, a tyre-pressure and temperature monitoring system, electric sports seats with electro-pneumatic bolsters and a radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility, a compact flash-drive, a voice control, Bluetooth connectivity. But, you get much, much more power than a normal road car, now that’s for sure. This is all good but what about the essence of having, or even driving a Ferrari?
The looks, pardon me, but I personally think the F430 was the last pretty Ferrari ever made. Many car journalists agree to this. The American looking Ferrari kinda scares me. Italian styling has always been the best looking car designs in the world. I mean, how often you have heard car aficionados go “Wow” as anyone advertises a car as “American design”. Truly, I haven’t heard. The shift of style norms is only the first reason of dislike.
The car is so perfect that there is very little nervousness felt by the car as you drive it. It, I am afraid, is not much fun to drive. There is not much drama, there is no drama at all. Yes, it fits the category of a practical sports car, but a supercar? I am not so sure. Yes, it fits into the engine norms required by a supercar but is less exciting to drive. Perhaps it is because of this factor that Ferrari themselves classify the 599 as a GT – Gran Turismo flagship model that does 4.7kms/litre. And, I completely agree to that.
Source – Brosreview