2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Preview
620 horses, all packed into a pretty red package
Why it matters
What’s under the hood
For clutch pedal aficionados, the 599 GTB can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Others, however, may enjoy the F1-SuperFast automatic that executes shifts in mere milliseconds. Other technological advances include what engineers call a magnetorheological fluid suspension system. Think of it as a shock absorber filled with metal bits floating in a liquid, stiffened or softened by “an electronically controlled magnetic field” depending on road conditions. Ferrari’s system is kind of like GM’s magnetic ride control suspension in the Corvette. There’s also something called F1-Trac, which is Ferrari lingo for an impressive handling package. In short, F1-Trac works with a standard stability control system and suspension software to determine how much traction the 599 GTB has and will have, and subsequently adjusts engine output accordingly. Sadly, F1-Trac cannot measure driver intelligence, too.
Tucked neatly into the center console are simple controls for the dual-zone climate control system, which sits directly below the audio system, while the gauge cluster, including a 10,000-rpm tachometer, is within the driver’s direct line of sight. In front of that is the steering wheel with what’s called the manettino, a term that refers to a master switch on the 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB’s steering wheel. Within finger’s reach are controls for the F1-Trac suspension system, the F1-SuperFast transmission (if equipped), and the magnetized suspension.
What we think
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