Comparison: Ferrari 599GTO vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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Ferrari 599GTO and Porsche 911 GT2 RS

For Ferrari, this probably doesn't come as much of a surprise. The GTO remains one of the great driving experiences and, technically, is supremely gifted -- to the point that you have to accustom your body to just how fast it is possible to enter a turn. Its divine V-12 engine asks the same question of the Porsche's anodyne turbocharged lump that the GT2's transmission does of the Ferrari's paddles, namely: do you want to be entertained or merely cover ground at the fastest possible speed?

But it was the Porsche -- and all of the challenges it offers as it charges between and through corners -- that won me over. It is, essentially, a 935 with license plates and a warranty, and that's the coolest thing you could ever say about a car.

FERRARI 599GTO
BASE PRICE: $416,150

Powertrain
ENGINE
DOHC: 48-valve V-12
DISPLACEMENT: 6.0 liters (366 cu in)
HORSEPOWER: 661 hp @ 8250 rpm
TORQUE: 457 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automated manual
DRIVE: Rear-wheel
Chassis
STEERING: Hydraulically assisted
SUSPENSION, FRONT: Control arms, coil springs
SUSPENSION, REAR: Control arms, coil springs
BRAKES: Vented discs, ABS
TIRES: Michelin Pilot Super Sport K1
TIRE SIZE F, R: 285/30YR-20, 315/35YR-20
Measurements
L x W x H: 185.4 x 77.2 x 52.2 in
WHEELBASE: 108.3 in
TRACK F/R: 67.0/63.7 in
WEIGHT: 3538 lb
WEIGHT DIST. F/R: 47/53%

PORSCHE 911 GT2 RS
BASE PRICE: $245,950

Powertrain
ENGINE: DOHC 24-valve twin-turbo flat-6
DISPLACEMENT: 3.6 liters (220 cu in)
HORSEPOWER 612 hp @ 6500 rpm
TORQUE: 516 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
DRIVE: Rear-wheel
Chassis
STEERING: Hydraulically assisted
SUSPENSION, FRONT: Strut-type, coil springs
SUSPENSION, REAR: Multilink, coil springs
BRAKES: Vented discs, ABS
TIRES: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup
TIRE SIZE F, R: 245/35YR-19, 325/30YR-19
Measurements
L x W x H: 175.9 x 76.6 x 50.6 in
WHEELBASE: 92.5 in
TRACK F/R: 59.4/61.2 in
WEIGHT: 3021 lb
WEIGHT DIST. F/R: 38/62%

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artimusbill
Love the article. To me, it reinforces my belief that there is no "best". Just different ways to make you grin hard enough to break your face.
mo_pho
A comparison test to be remembered for generations to come.

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