Dream Machine: Ferrari’s New 599 GTO is the Company’s Fastest-Ever Road Car

The road version of Ferrari‘s experimental 599XX racecar, the new 599 GTO is, as expected, all about speed. Able to lap the Fiorano test track in 1 minute, 24 seconds, the GTO can reach 62 miles per hour in 3.35 seconds and a top speed of 208 miles per hour, making it not only the fastest road-going car the company has ever made, but also only the third Ferrari worthy of receiving the GTO moniker.

And there’s no doubt the GTO will be just as fun as it is challenging to drive, featuring a lean 6-liter V12 engine that generates 670 horsepower at 8,250 r.p.m. and produces 457 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 r.p.m. “With structure and an architecture with the front engine, we have obtained a vehicle that nobody else will be able to equal in performance,” says Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa of the XX in a video introducing the two 599s on the company’s site.

Outfitted with paddle shifting, a new state-of-the-art CCM2 braking system, a “communicative” chassis, and a load of other race-inspired equipment suited for driving at high speeds, the 599 GTO is likely every car enthusiast’s latest fantasy vehicle. Unfortunately, only a select few will get to claim bragging rights, as Ferrari will be producing a very limited number – 599, to be exact.

The company plans to publicly debut the GTO model at the 2010 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which begins April 25.