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April 8, 2009


By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

MaseratiOn the eve of the NY Auto Show Ferrari debuted its latest models at its corporate showroom on Park Avenue. The 599 HGTE and 599xx, just recently debuted at the Geneva Autoshow, were presentedat the Park Avenue showroom together with the Ferrari California, the latest Ferrari V8, whose deliveries to North American clients will start in June.

Details: 599 GTB Fiorano with the Handling GTE package

When it first debuted, the 599 GTB Fiorano set a new standard in terms of performance that remains a benchmark for new sports car development to this day. Now Ferrari is introducing the new Handling GTE (Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione) package for the model to further underscore its sportiness and handling. The HGTE package is designed to deliver even sportier, more dynamic driving, to highlight the 599 GTB Fiorano’s positioning in the “sports car” segment. The technical modifications introduced with the HGTE Package to the car’s set‐up and tires ensure tighter, more dynamic handling, with sharper cornering and improved responsiveness whilst still being easy to drive. The HGTE package further underlines the 599 GTB Fiorano’s different mission from Ferrari’s other current 12‐cylinder, the 612 Scaglietti which, along with the 8‐cylinder Ferrari California, represents the Grand Tourer personality of the Prancing Horse’s current range.

Details: 599XX

The 599XX, on the other hand, is aimed at owners that want to experience Prancing Horse driving pleasure at its purest ‐ in fact, Ferrari will be organizing a program of dedicated track events for it in 2010/2011. Conceived exclusively for track but not official competition use, and thus unrestricted either by limitations or regulatory restrictions, this extreme sports car incorporates the very best of Ferrari technology, the fruit both of our Research and Development Department’s labors and our long experience and experimentation in F1. The plethora of aerodynamic, electronic control and handling innovations used together for the first time on a single car make this model a genuine technological laboratory. The solutions adopted for the 599XX – many of which will remain exclusive to it ‐ enhance its levels of performance and can be summed up in one highly relevant statistic: a Fiorano lap time of just 1 minute and 17 seconds. Although it is such an extreme car, the 599XX still retains the ergonomics of the road‐going model which are essential for nonprofessional drivers engaging in intensive track driving.

Details: Ferrari California

This new car joins Ferrari’s 8‐cylinder range which is made up mostly of very high performance models. It also flanks the 12‐cylinder flagship 612 Scaglietti in the Grand Tourer category. The Ferrari California is a car with the track in its DNA. It is enormously innovative and will more than fulfill the expectations of even our most discerning clients, offering breathtaking driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel as well as extreme versatility of use and in‐car comfort. It is available exclusively as a convertible with retractable folding hard top in either a two‐seater version with a traditional rear bench or in the 2+ version which sees the rear bench equipped with
seating for one to two passengers.

Details: Maserati Gran Turismo S Automatic

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Maserati North America debuted the new Gran Turismo S Automatic during the same showroom event. Featuring a powerful 4.7-liter V8 that delivers 433hp, the main draw for this newest iteration of the Gran Turismo is the combination of an automatic transmission with the most poweful wet sump Maserati V8 introducing into a Gran Turismo chassis. With the combination of horsepower output and the smooth ZF 6-speed automatic this new car stresses the touring aspects of the vehicle, a core concept of the Gran Turismo marque. At the event Maserati North America President and CEO Marti Eulberg announced pricing in the $120,000 range.

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