Mike Stevens | Apr 8, 2010

REPORTS out of Europe earlier this year suggested that Ferrari has been working on a GTO version of its flagship Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Spy photos obtained shortly after revealed that there may be more to those reports than first thought.

Our new renderings, drawing inspiration from the hardcore Ferrari 599X, dials down the angry race-car styling to find a middle ground between the 599XX and the 'regular' 599 GTB Fiorano.

According to British magazine evo, the 599 was switched last year from a 'GT' classification to the more hardcore 'Sports Car' division - clearing the way for development to begin on the Ferrari 599 GTO.

Essentially a roadgoing version of the extreme 599XX - itself regarded as Ferrari's "technology laboratory" - the 599 GTO would scream past the specialised 599 HGTE package as the brand's performance king.

As with the 599XX, the 599 GTO's Enzo-derived 6.0 litre V12 engine is expected to develop around 522kW - around 65kW more than the 'regular' model - powering to 96km/h (60mph) in just over 3 seconds.

According to the evo report, the 599 GTO will sell for around $520,000 in the UK. In Australia, the 599 GTB Fiorano begins at around $670,000, so expect a significant premium if the GTO makes its way to Australian dealers.

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