Black is beau­ti­ful

With only 599 built, the fastest road-go­ing Fer­rari has echoes of two high-per­for­mance name­sakes

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - PAUL POTTINGER paul.pottinger@cars­

IT GETS to 100km/h from rest quicker than you can say its name, can be washed only with a vir­gin’s tears and is worth more than a mil­lion bucks.

Well, only the third thing is strictly true of the 10 Fer­rari 599 GTOs al­lo­cated for Aus­tralasian sale but the rest of it is fright­en­ingly close to re­al­ity.

Given the Maranello maker’s fetish for num­bers, only 599 GTOs have been made – and all have been sold.

The GTO is the fastest road car pro­duced by the su­per­car mar­que, hav­ing lapped the Fio­rano Fer­rari test track in one minute, 14 sec­onds – quicker than any road car. It can do the 0-100km/h sprint in an eye-blink­ing 3.35 sec­onds. We’d say ‘‘ paint-peel­ing’’ but the be­spoke matt black fin­ish of the car pic­tured here (the only one of the lo­cal 10) is so sen­si­tive it must be hand-cleaned with dis­tilled wa­ter.

Even the pranc­ing pony badge is black. It’s as if it were made for Spinal Tap: it could be ‘‘ none blacker’’.

The 599 weighs in at only 1495kg and its 6.0-litre V12 pro­duces 500kW/620Nm. This makes for an ex­cep­tional power to weight ra­tio, in ex­cess of 330kW per tonne.

Fer­rari claims there is an ‘‘ al­most to­tal ab­sence of un­der­steer’’ and there are new

Filmy noir: The 599’s pan­els can only be washed — by hand — with dis­tilled wa­ter

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