When the 599 GTO was launched back in 2010, it seemed like Ferrari had set itself an almost impossibly high bar for any successor. After all, the car’s V-12 was tuned to deliver 661 horsepower, and its six-speed automated manual gearbox was one of the fastest in the business, helping the 599 GTO accelerate to 62 mph from rest in just 3.35 seconds. How much could Ferrari really improve the front-engine, rear-drive formula? It turns out the answer was a lot.
Here's a video from DragTimesInfo showing the 599 GTO line up at the drag strip next to its successor, the F12 Berlinetta, and when the lights go green it’s all over for the 599. Admittedly, it looks like the 599 driver had a poor start, though even after the cars have picked up some speed the F12 just pulls away and leaves the 599 in its dust.
The result isn’t much of a surprise considering the F12’s driver had 730 hp to play with. The car is also lighter than the 599 and its more advanced seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box also shifts gears quicker. Ferrari says the 0-62 mph time for the F12 is 3.1 seconds. Top speed for both is around 210 mph.