First Drive: 2010 Ferrari 599GTB HGTE

First Drive: 2010 Ferrari 599GTB HGTE

HANDFUL of a HANDLER

The 599GTB HGTE is quite a handful on the track, not because of any flaw, but because the understeer we're so accustomed to experiencing in street cars is almost completely absent.

The 599's high limits mask its weight, and it's very easy to dole out too much power exiting the corners.

Ferrari test driver Andrea Bertolini explains that, in track mode, the stability control doesn't slow him down at all - it just provides a safety net in case he messes up.

The Specs: 2010 Ferrari 599GTB

Base Price: $356,825

Powertrain

engine: DOHC 48-valve V-12
displacement: 6.0 liters (366 cu in)
horsepower: 612 hp @ 7600 rpm
torque: 448 lb-ft @ 5600 rpm
transmissions: 6-speed manual or automated manual
drive: Rear-wheel

Chassis

steering: Power rack-and-pinion
suspension, front and rear: Control arms, coil springs
brakes: Vented discs, ABS
tires: Pirelli PZero Rosso
tire size f, r: 245/35YR-20, 305/35YR-20

Measurements

L x W x H: 183.7 x 77.2 x 52.6 in
wheelbase: 108.3 in
track f/r: 66.5/63.7 in
weight: 3950 lb
EPA mileage: 11/15 mpg

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