Brake Banzeen meets the Ferrari 599 GTO!

Talk about intimidating! After all, the Ferrari 599 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologata) is a rare piece of Italian perfection with only 599 examples ever produced. So when I was given the chance by a friend to take out his GTO, I jumped at the opportunity.

When approaching the car, you can’t help but feel inferior. Based on the 599XX, the GTO is Ferrari’s fastest ever road car and after speaking with my friend, he mentioned that it could be unforgiving if pushed without caution. Thanks for helping calm my nerves buddy!

From the rear of the car, the GTO looks quite similar to the regular model, but with upgraded aerodynamic bits such as side sills, a massive diffuser and a rear spoiler. At the other end, there’s a front splitter along with the GTO’s aggressive, multiple-vented hood making no secret that there’s a beast lurking within.

Just how much of a beast you ask? The GTO packs a vicious 6.0-liter V12 engine with 670hp that’s capable of 0-100km/h acceleration times of 3.35 seconds and a top speed of over 335 km/h. You can only imagine how sweaty my palms were getting.

The 599 GTO comes with very grippy carbon-ceramic brakes, ones that at the slightest touch will have your body thrown forward in your seat. Helping keep them cool at all times, while also aiding aerodynamic efficiency, are wheel doughnuts similar to the ones used in Formula 1.

This GTO was optioned with a blend of red leather and black Cordura fabric… pure awesomeness. There was also plenty of matte carbon fiber trim used throughout the cabin playing an integral role in keeping the weight down.

Once I slid into the seat, it instantly felt like a special moment. As you can see in the picture above, the GTO comes with racing harnesses and not normal seat belts; you feel like a racer from the moment your bum touches the seat. Click the right paddle to engage 1st gear, and we’re off. What baffles me is how smooth the power delivery is all the way to the redline. The transmission’s also a technological marvel with the ability to shift in a staggering 60 milliseconds.

The steering is fantastic and super-responsive. The slightest right-left twist of the carbon fiber and leather steering wheel will have the GTO imitating an F1 car warming its tires on the grid.

Last but not least, the main differnce in character when comparing it to the stock 599 is its sense of urgency. The GTO feels like it’s always raring to go and it wants to get to its destination faster than anything else on this planet. The crazy thing is it probably can.

Thanks AT for the wonderful opportunity. I really appreciate it!

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11 Comments on “Brake Banzeen meets the Ferrari 599 GTO!”

  1. id Says:

    Amazing car! great review!

  2. Hamoud Says:

    Love the subtleness of the color. If you ever need an extra driver for your reviews… 🙂

  3. el wehbi Says:

    @id: It really is an amazing car! The power supply from the Ferrari V12 is endless. Thanks!

    @Hamoud: Most people would only tick the red color option for a Ferrari, but this is one of the few times where I felt that a color combo as such fits the car just perfectly. As far as an extra driver, I’ll keep it for when I have to test drive a Lada or something 😉 I’ll reserve cars such as the GTO for myself lol

  4. Mathai Says:

    Awesome! too bad we don’t have a track here to properly do a 0-60 test and quarter mile drag race. 😦

  5. El Jockey Says:

    Beautiful ride mashalla. How does it handle with the heat in Kuwait though, or is it one of those cars that is better suited for cooler driving conditions ?

  6. Great review bro,

    Honestly, I am one of the guys that would have ticked the red color for this one with a matte black top.. But it’s a monster nevertheless..

    please oh please, in today’s world, there is nothing better than a live motion to include in your review, next time, we need some HD video for a start up and drive by sound, nothing complicated, just something to awaken our senses with 😉

    That will make this review 200% more effective, believe you me..

    keep it up :))

  7. SpdLmtNA Says:

    Being at the top of my Ferrari list, this GTO is just beautiful. Aside from all it’s top notch work, I just love the homage it pays to the original GTO. +1. Drive more local cars! I love these personal experience posts!

  8. Hobag Says:

    Amazing car, I want to hear more about your jaunt!! Keep up the great work, and hopefully more friends will let you borrow their sweet sweet rides.

  9. el wehbi Says:

    @Mathai: I know man, that would have made the experience even sweeter!

    @El Jockey: I think modern-day Ferraris are capable of dealing with the heat, although since this car is rare, I personally wouldn’t test that theory out too much as our heat temperatures are on the extreme side.

    @Kuwaiti Boys Toys: Totally would have loved the chance at making a video review, but the opportunity just came our of the blue so there wasn’t time to prep. Maybe the owner will read this and give me a 2nd go 😉

    @SpdLmtNA: Thanks, glad you liked the review. The GTO is definitely a special machine!

    @Hobag: I hope friends and strangers to let me “borrow their sweet sweet rides” 😉 Thanks for dropping by!

  10. You lucky dawg! I am loving these reviews and will be sharing regularly. Keep it up !!!

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