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First Look: 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO

Fastest road-going Ferrari ever will debut in Beijing

by on Apr.08, 2010

At nearly 210 mph, the 2011 599 GTO is the fastest road car Ferrari has ever produced.

It’s a good thing they’re building all those new roads in China.  You’ll need a good stretch of tarmac to enjoy the new 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO, which is set to make its formal debut at this month’s Beijing Motor Show.

If the look is familiar, that’s because the limited edition Ferrari 599 GTO is based on the experimental track car, the Ferrari 599XX.  The 599, which Ferrari defines as an “extreme V12 berlinetta,” will be the fastest road-going sports car the Italian automaker has ever unleashed, with a top speed of 335 kmh (209 mph), and a 0 to 60 time of 3.35 seconds.

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Powering this sexy Italian beast is a 6.0-liter V12 making a hefty 661 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque.  It’s mated to a 6-speed Formula One-style gearbox.


Spy Shots: Maserati Hardtop Convertible

by on May.12, 2009

Lift the camouflage and you'd see the bones of Maserati's newest coupe and convertible.

Lift the camouflage and you'd see the bones of Maserati's first-ever hardtop convertible.

In the words of our photographer:

Maserati’s most exciting car at present – the GT – will soon be given a beautiful sister, and she’ll be walking around topless at times: Spotted at the German Nürburgring earlier today was this prototype of a Maserati Spider.

Judging from the heavy camouflaged packed onto the car and in par with the brand-new Ferrari California, we reckon the Spider will be given a retractable metal roof rather than a conventional canvas top. Competitors like the Aston Martin DBS, on the other hand, will not follow this trend and will soon come with a traditional soft top. A Porsche 911 Cabrio, too, will never be built with anything but a canvas roof.

Different from the new GT Spider’s predecessor, the new model will apparently come as a 2+2- rather than a pure 2-seater. Engine and mechanics of the Maserati Spider won’t change compared to the coupe. We expect the cabriolet to debut at the 2009 Geneva Show.

More pictures available at    Brenda Priddy & Company