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2009 Ferrari 599 Review

Thrill-inducing with an enjoyable and comfortable ride.

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Overview

The Ferrari 599, designed by Pininfarina, is a V-12 supercar that has all the bells and whistles, along with the price tag to match. Not only does the 599 out-perform most legacy Ferrari vehicles, it also has the styling of a tricked-out coupe. The 599 offers both speed and luxury in one package.

The Range

Body Styles: Coupe
Engines: 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: 599, 599 F1

What's New

A Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione package is removed in 2009.

Exterior

The Ferrari 599’s front exterior has many similarities to the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. The back of the vehicle is its own design altogether with air intakes and extractors along the vehicle. Although not as beautiful as some of the other Ferrari’s introduced throughout the years, the 2009 Ferrari 599 certainly has its own appeal.

The 2009 Ferrari 599 is 77.2 inches wide and 55.6 inches tall. The car is a bit small and may be a challenge for taller drivers. In comparison to other super cars, however, the 2009 Ferrari 599 is pretty comfortable.

The 2009 Ferrari 599 comes standard with Xenon headlights, 19-inch front wheels, 20-inch rear wheels, adaptive suspension system and magnetic dampers, leather upholstery throughout as well as leather trim, automatic dual climate control system, and a power adjustable wheel. The 2009 Ferrari 599 also comes with an eight-speaker Becker CD/Mp3 player.

Additional options are available. A Gran Turismo Evoluzione (HGTE) package provides stiffer springs to the suspension and includes a stiffer anti-roll bar. The shock absorbers are adjusted for greater response in corners. The standard gearbox is swapped out for a F1 automatic clutch gearbox for better responsiveness. Styling on exterior is also changed slightly for the HGTE package.

Interior

The 599’s interior is somewhat unique in the world of supercars for its design and comfortable atmosphere. Unlike the Lamborghini, the 2009 Ferrari 599 is not just cold metal and minimal instrumentation. The seats are well contoured for comfort. Aluminum accents throughout the cockpit give it a racy feel without being clinical. A carbon fiber steering wheel with colored LED lights is available. Controls are easy to use throughout; knobs and paddles on the steering wheel control the F1 gearbox, the suspension control, and the stability control.

Leather trim runs on the dashboard, center console, and doors. Dual climate controls for the driver and passenger are available. A cargo net on front door pockets is available for the convenience of the driver.

Other optional features include a front and rear park assist, a six-CD changer, integrated navigation system, heated front seats, carbon-fiber interior components, a spare tire kit, run-flat tires to prevent spinouts from punctures, and a leather luggage set to match the vehicle. Special requests can be made for interior and exterior materials when ordering the car at the time of purchase. If buying one used, make sure to check out the selected materials.

Although the car is somewhat smaller, there are still 35.8 inches of headroom and 44.7 inches of front legroom.

Performance & Handling

Powering the 2009 Ferrari 599 is a six-liter, V-12 engine that produces a staggering 612 horsepower with 448 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are available, including a six-speed manual, and a F1 six-speed transmission. The F1 transmission has a single clutch that allows drivers to choose between automatic and manual modes for greater control. The 599 is capable of going zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph.

Safety

The 2009 Ferrari 599 is not the safest vehicle on the road, but drivers shouldn't expect a supercar to be the safest on the road. Disc brakes, stability control, and traction control are standard. Side and side curtain airbags are not available on the 2009 Ferrari 599, severely limiting the amount of safety options available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ferrari 599: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • V-12 engine
  • Handling around corners
  • Comfortable interior
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Extremely high price
  • Steering is a little bit off

Sum Up

Thrill-inducing with an enjoyable and comfortable ride.

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