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2009 Geneva: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE

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Ferrari’s Geneva presence was centered around the company’s 599 GTB Fiorano. Ferrari showed off a new HGTE (Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione) package for the 599 GTB Fiorano making it more sportier and improving its handling. The HGTE package includes stiffer springs and rear anti-roll bar along with calibration settings for the magnetorheological shock absorbers when the manettino is at its sportier setting. The package also lowers the ride height offering a more road-hugging drive along with optimized tires that offer better grip. Ferrari’s HGTE package for the 599 GTB Fiorano also modifies the car’s electronics making the F1 gearbox shifts even faster in high-performance settings. The package also improves acceleration along with a new exhaust silencer that gives out a more thrilling sound. Appearance wise the HGTE package offers subtle exterior and interior modifications with the use of carbon fiber. 20-inch split wheels are also available with a new diamond-cut and matte-silver finish. The rear diffuser is finished in matte-black. Inside the seats are trimmed in a combination of leather and black Alcantara inserts. The headrests have a Prancing Horse and the words “Handling GTE” stitched in them. Source: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE (2009-) Review The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano won rave reviews in mid-2006, but to keep the car at the top of the exotic GT class the Italian company is now offering it with an optional handling pack and minor cosmetic changes for your £200,000 outlay. Performance from the headline 620bhp Enzo-derived engine is unchanged. with 0-125mph achieved in 11 seconds, but work - mainly on reducing internal friction - on the engine has reduced CO2 emissions and improved overall fuel consumption from a scary 13.2mpg to slightly more socially acceptable 15.7mpg. The real goal though was to make it an even sportier, faster-reacting car but not too much at the expense of ride comfort. Wider front wheels, a new rubber mix from Pirelli for the PZero tyres, new calibrations for the suspension dampers and a 10mm drop in ride height to lower the 599s centre of gravity are the main changes. Roll stiffness, up 19%, and pitch by 16% together with a faster (85milliseconds) paddle gearchange make the HGTE pack car 0.6 seconds quicker around Ferrari's Fiorano test track than the 'standard model. Prices for the Ferrari 599 GTB equipped with the HGTE pack start from £207,194.


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