Prancing and Preening Horse. The Car of the Year’s 14 entrants are an elite bunch, and yet when the 599 comes rolling in, each of the other autos is like the kid at the high school party who is doing just fine with the ladies until the quarterback shows up and sends him packing. The […]
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Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Turn the key of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, then press the red starter button on the steering wheel, and something magical—and mechanical—happens as 12 cylinders spring to life: The engine’s intake sounds are routed to the cabin while its exhaust noises are muted; Ferrari calls the system “design to sound.” […]
Contrary to the recent, rampant speculation circulating in Internet chat rooms, Leonardo da Vinci did not sketch the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Credit for the shape instead goes to Frank Stephenson—Ferrari’s former head of design—in collaboration with the company’s longtime design partner, Pininfarina. But this does not mean that the late, great Italian artist and […]