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By Ben Oliver
21 April 2009 10:18
This HGTE handling package for the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March and we’ve just been to Fiorano, appropriately, to test it. With Ferrari predicting the same sales in 2009 as 2008, despite the addition of around 2000 Californias, it plainly needs help shifting its current models, and particularly the V12s. But will the idea of spending an extra £13,960 for some chassis, gearbox and trim tweaks be enough to tempt existing 599 owners to upgrade?
No engine modifications, for a start – not that the magnificent, Enzo-derived 612bhp V12 needs them. For the 2008 model year it cut emissions from 490g/km to 415 and consumption from 13.3mpg to 15.7; very impressive, if not exactly the kind of bar-room boasts that would tempt existing owners to change.
So the HGTE package aims to do that. It lowers the car by 10mm and springs are 17% stiffer at the front and 15% at the back. The magnetorheological damping system is remapped to reduce roll, the wheels runs half a degree more camber and the rear anti-roll bar is 1.5mm thicker. The six-speed paddle-shift manual transmission now shifts 15 milliseconds faster at 85m/s, and will perform multiple downshifts if you hang onto the left paddle. And the quad exhausts have been made a little louder and angrier, not that the current car is shy.
The easiest way to spot the HGTE is its new matt-silver five-spoke wheels, which cut 5kg in unsprung weight. They’re half an inch wider at the front and are shod with stickier rubber. The brake callipers come in five colours and the venturi is now finished in black and the front and rear prancing horses in brushed aluminium. Inside there’s a white rev counter and full carbon trim. The new carbon-shelled but fully electrically adjustable seats are trimmed in leather and Alcantara, with the Handling GTE logo stitched across the backrest.
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RE: Ferrari 599 HGTE (2009) CAR review
Actually, I'm talking nonsense! I forgot the 355! oops.....
23 April 2009 22:56
I think this is the prettiest Ferrari since the 288 GTO. It's not perfect, but the front is a wonderful blend of classic eggcrate Ferrari allied to modern lights while the proportions are lithe and feline with a wonderful play on the flying buttresses. I see a weakness in the 3/4 viw from the back where there is a discontinuity of line where the front wing flares out, but that's about it. My father's neighbour has a black one, and it's deeply attractive. However, £14k for a handling pack? It's tantamount to confessing that the original settings were flawed!
23 April 2009 00:25
Definately would. If someone threw you the keys or you won the Lotto. Sharp and sexy as it gets amoung Ferrari coupes. 599 (1 pt off for servicing costs) 9/10
22 April 2009 21:08
Slightly different world, not noticed any posters refer to their 599, unless Nick Mason is out there. There is a bent one available after Cristiano Ronaldos "Monaco" tunnel incident at manchester airport.
22 April 2009 10:07
No doubt will get much abuse for saying this but barring the California the 599 is my least desirable Ferrari. On the plus side have been trying to justify the cost of a new RR Ghost, this story/car has provided the justification. Will save £20k and have a far more beautiful and capable GT, job done thank you Car! Now leaving country until abuse subsides.
22 April 2009 09:02
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