It’s a tough question, I know. However, if you were given $800,000 to purchase a second hand Ferrari F12 Berlinetta or a Ferrari 599 GTO, what would it be?
This question came to my mind when I do the usual search online for what dream cars I’d have in my garage. I discovered that the values for both of these Ferrari’s were pretty much on par.
So let’s have a look, for science, on which front mid-engined grand tourer will win.
The 599 GTO, is a very special car. It’s the road-going version of the 599XX and was their fastest road car around the Fiorano test circuit (1 minute 24 seconds), beating the Enzo Ferrari by 1 second. Under the hood is the same engine from the Enzo Ferrari, but produces 493kW of power and 620Nm of torque through a single clutch transmission.
0-100km/h for the 599 GTO is clocked at 3.35 seconds and can reach a top speed of over 335km/h. One of the defining things that separates it from the standard 599 GTB, is that of weight savings with more carbon fibre in lots of places.
The F12 Berlinetta is the replacement for the 599 GTB, but it came with some hurrah with a naturally aspirated 6.3 litre V12 engine producing 544kW of power and 690Nm of torque with a new 7 speed dual-clutch transmission. A sprint from 0-100km/h will only take 3.1 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 340km/h (365km/h unlimited).
A lap around the Fiorano test circuit would only take 1 minute 23 seconds – 1 second faster than the 599 GTO.
The only car to be faster than both the 599 GTO and the F12 Berlinetta is the Ferrari’s new hyper-car the LaFerrari. As for the numbers, it seems that the F12 Berlinetta takes the cake with this one.
Unfortunately, the looks of a car is subjective. However, let’s press on.
The Ferrari 599 GTB wasn’t seen as Pininfarina’s best work. However, the 599 GTO, took a road car and made a hybrid of epic grand tourer and Nurburgring demolisher.
Everything was made to be ‘take no prisoners’ aggressive. Seeing on the road gives you an appreciation of what real road presence is.
As for the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, it’s modern, sporty and long. The proportions are right, the rear end of the car is very Ferrari and feels just right. However because it isn’t a road-going track research program offspring, it doesn’t bring the same level of road presence (that’s not saying it doesn’t have any!).
So, whilst this might not be an unpopular decision, I’m siding with the 599 GTO on this one.
Neither of these cars are going to be available in plentiful numbers, but if you’re wanting to avoid bumping into someone else in the same car at the country club you have to think about the exclusivity.
The 599 GTO, being a non-standard GTB was limited, limited to just 599 cars around the world. So as far as exclusivity goes, it is one of the more exclusive modern Ferrari’s to own.
Whilst the F12 Berlinetta won’t be limited per say, it will fall victim to Ferrari wanting to reduce production numbers to keep the brand exclusive. So, whilst it will mean fewer F12’s on the road, we will almost definitely see more on the road than GTO’s.
So what would I buy? If I wanted to think on numbers alone, the choice would be easy. I’d want the faster and newer F12 Berlinetta. It looks amazing on the road and no doubt be quite comfortable on the road too as a properly focussed gran tourer.
However, based on how rare the 599 GTO is, the heritage of the GTO name (250 GTO and 288 GTO), the special Enzo Ferrari engine and its menacing look. I’d have to choose the 599 GTO.
Either way, no matter what I’d choose, I don’t think I would complain about owning a V12 Ferrari.
But, I want to know. What would you choose and why? A 599 GTO or a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta?