At the 2009 Geneva Motor Show Ferrari has introduced the new Handling GTE (Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione) package for the model to further underscore the sportiness and handling of the 599 GTB Fiorano, originally presented in 2006 at Geneva.
The package includes a modified set-up with stiffer springs and rear anti-roll bar as well as new calibration settings for the magnetorheological shock absorbers when the manettino is at its sportier settings.
The ride height has also been lowered which in turn lowers the car’s centre of gravity.
This combined with the new set-up helps improve body control. The package also includes specifically optimised tyres featuring a compound that offers even better grip. The car’s electronics have also evolved to ensure even more prompt response to driver commands.
The exhaust silencer has also been modified with the result producing an even more marked and thrilling sound under hard usage whilst still delivering just the right comfort levels at cruising speed.
From a styling point of view, the package also includes some distinctively sporty exterior and interior features with carbon-fibre widely used in the latter.
The 20" split-rim wheels are new with a special diamond-cut and matte silver finish. The rear diffuser is finished in matte black to underscore the car’s new set-up and highlight the chromed tail pipes.
The cabin is sportier too thanks to a sophisticated mix of full-grain leather, black Alcantara and carbon-fibre trim.
The new seats are trimmed in a new two-tone combination of leather with black Alcantara inserts, and the seat backs are trimmed entirely in carbon-fibre. Embroidered in contrasting stitching on the headrest are a Prancing Horse and the words "Handling GTE".