V12 - derived directly from the Enzo
Ferrari – produces 620hp.
11th January 2006.
With the growing competition from very
seriously backed contenders, Ferrari
has just announced the all-new 599
GTB, confirming its determination to remain in the top supercar
The prancing horse has just announced
that with its new 599 GTB, it will launch the most
powerful V12-engined production car of all time.
However, ferrari knows only too well
that even in the supercar category, the competition is
growing fast with brands such as
Lamborghini, Bentley and
Bugatti at the VW group, Aston
Martin at Ford Motor Co.,
the SLR model and other premium sports cars at Mercedes-Benz,
BMW's higher sports models
and its coming new Rolls
Royce Corniche (2007),
without forgetting the "unashamed" expansion at
the most direct competitor of all, Porsche,
R8 which is expected for around US$100,000 from mid 2007 -
but who can rule out yet another dearer Audi
sports model later?
2.6 kg per horsepower.
The birth of the latest model developed
in Maranello was announced at the Detroit Motor Show
(public days from 14th to 22nd January) by Amedeo Felisa,
Ferrari’s Vice General Manager.
The 599 GTB is a mid-front engined
two-seater coupé. Ferrari describes the result just as
"a new benchmark for performance, driver involvement
Its 5,999cc V12 - derived directly from
the Enzo Ferrari supercar
– produces no less than 620hp at 7,600 rpm for a
weight/power ratio of just 2.6 kg per horsepower, which
should put the kerb weight at around 1612 kg.
599 GTB is a mid-front engined two-seater
body, Ferrari adopted the
latest evolution in its tried and tested all-aluminium
construction technology for the body and chassis.
The unmistakable Pininfarina design
gives the Ferrari
599 GTB aggressive and elegant lines, well
integrated with the advanced aerodynamic solutions adopted
to reach the performance figures attainable.
This new model is the symbol of Ferrari’s
production – the V12 berlinetta – and represents the
latest interpretation of a theme that has seen such
classics as the 250 GT, the 275 GTB, and the 365
Ferrari 599 GTB replaces the 575M
599 GTB replaces the last
in that great line of berlinettas, the 575M Maranello, of
which – together with the 550 Maranello introduced in
1996 - no fewer than 5,700 have been produced, a record
for this type of model for the prancing porse.
The new 599
GTB will be officially
unveiled on 28 February 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Ferrari in 2005 - Competition
may be growing, but the year 2005 confirmed the strong
attraction of Ferrari products, not only in traditional
markets, but also in new and developing markets.
To meet growing demand, while
maintaining its natural exclusivity, Ferrari increased
production, and exceeded 5,000 units in a single year for
the first time ever; the main objective was to reduce the
waiting time for its cars. 2005 was an important year for
Ferrari both in terms of the company set-up, commercial
successes and the new products it unveiled.
construction technology for the body and
In April, the Ferrari Maserati Group
was split out and ownership of Maserati was transferred to
Fiat in order to allow the Trident to establish a closer
technical and commercial relationship with Alfa Romeo,
particularly on the major international markets.
Nonetheless, Ferrari and Maserati continue to collaborate
on an industrial level, and with regard to technical
projects, engines and sales network.
At the end of July, Mubadala,
an Abu Dhabi government
investment group, acquired a 5% share in Ferrari from
Mediobanca and was immediately committed to being a
reliable and stable partner with a range of new business
strategies to share.
In early November, Ferrari and Aldar,
an Abu Dhabi real estate company, announced an exclusive
agreement to develop an innovative and exciting Ferrari
Area in Abu Dhabi themed around the Ferrari brand.
new 599 GTB will be officially unveiled in
February at Geneva.
In October, a few important changes
were announced in the Sales Organization. The American
branch, led by Maurizio Parlato, is now responsible also
for the countries of Central and South America. The
creation of a new Sales Department was also announced for
the Asia-Pacific area. This region covers a total of 13
markets, amongst which are Japan, China, Australia and
In 2005, Ferrari's new sales record of
over 5,000 vehicles delivered achieved thanks to the
performance of the F430 in the berlinetta and Spider
versions, and the 612 Scaglietti with 834 units delivered.
Even the Superamerica limited series (559 cars built and
sold out in few months after its presentation at NAIAS
2005) also made substantial contributions to this
North America, Italy, United Kingdom
and France were all especially significant in terms of the
positive evaluation of the past year. Important
contributions were also made by new and developing markets
(Middle East +41%, Eastern Europe +92%, South America
+36%), which generated a substantial increase in volume
without compromising the exclusive character of the brand.
In China, with a brand new commercial network, Ferrari
delivered 82 cars (about +100% vs year 2004).
2005 marked Ferrari North America’s
13th consecutive year of sales growth. The year ended with
approximately 1,550 units retailed with an increase of 8%.
North America is the most important market for Ferrari,
representing approximately 30% of the marque’s worldwide
sales. Ferrari’s top car market in North America is
California, which accounts for 27% of sales, followed by
the Northeast with 16% of sales, Florida with 11%, Texas
with 7% and Chicago with 6%.