Ferrari 599 GTO driven
A Ferrari GTO is a rare beast – this 599 version is only the third in 63 years. TopGear tracks it down in Tuscany...
Posted: 21 Jan 2011
It took about 10 minutes of hard running in the new GTO for any cynicism to be washed away. And before you ask, yes, this is the best car I've ever driven. The 458 held that title for a while and it would stay with the GTO on a tight road like this, but for me, a V12 engine beats a V8 every time and I like my engine up front, not behind. This is the pure essence of Ferrari - awesome race-derived tech, with raw speed beyond the 458's now, wonderfully engineered and with enough noise built in to scare small animals 15 miles away.
Ah, the noise. A new intake system and new exhaust have been tuned to give even more sound - and better quality of sound - than the standard 599. The engine note alone is worth the GTO's extra price. It is a sharp, shrill V12 trumpet, more soulful than any V8's, and more raw and intoxicating than the standard 599's.