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Novitec Tunes The Ferrari 458 and 599 GTO for Geneva

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On: Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 5:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


Novitec Tunes The Ferrari 458 and 599 GTO for Geneva

The Geneva Motor Show is so stacked to the rafters with big car manufacturer debuts that we almost forgot about the tuners. Up until Italian shop Novitec Rosso reminded us, that is. The tuning firm known for its Ferrari tunes debuted two new ones in Geneva, one based on the 458 Italia and one based on the 599 GTO.

Let's face it, you want to know about the 599 GTO the most. So here it is. Ferrari's fastest road-going car ever gets oh so much more powerful at the hands of Novitec; power is upgraded from the stock 671 horses to a knee-shaking 888-hp. Torque is also given a major boost to 636-hp, up from 457-hp.

How does Novitec caress those numbers out of the 6.0-liter V12, you ask? Well, there's no single answer, but a combination of two superchargers, air-to-water intercooler, custom intake manifolds, and new exhaust seem to do the trick. Drivers can also change the exhaust note of their suped 599 with the help of a steering-wheel-mounted button.

Those upgrades shave more than a tenth of a second off the 599 GTO's 0-to-62 mph time, which is down to 3.2 seconds, and add 3 mph to a new top speed of 211 mph.

Outside, the Novitec 599 GTO gets a yellow racing stripe across the hood, blacked-out lights, and 21-inch forged wheels up front with 22s in back. Novitec also added lowering springs.

Like the 599, the Novitec-tuned 458 gets a power boost, albeit a little more modest: 609-hp and 569 lb-ft of torque. To arrive at that upgrade, Novitec uses a modified carbon fiber air intake, remapped computer, and reworked exhaust system. The reworked 4.5-liter V8 gives the car an extra 3 mph of speed, up to 205 mph.

Outside, Novitec focuses on aerodynamics, using a new front splitter, side skirts, and rear spoiler to make the car a little more slick and slippery. The car also drops 1.4 inches, thanks to new custom springs and rolls on 21- and 22-inch wheels in front and back, respectively.


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