Production of the 599 ended in 2012 and many on sale are still within the Ferrari Approved network, such as the Meridian Modena supplied car in the lead images. All 599s from Ferrari Approved have a two-year warranty, but if you buy a car outside the official network you can have the car inspected and buy the warranty for £3,120 per annum for V12 cars (£2,520 for V8s), with discounts for renewing each year and not making a claim. As Ferrari is keen to point out, this is underwritten by the factory, not an insurance-based product, and has no excess or maximum claim limit, up to the value of the car.
Ferrari also couldn't resist making more of the Enzo power unit under the bonnet, so the 599XX was announced in 2009 with 730hp. Solely for track use, it held the Nurburgring lap record for production-based cars at 6min 58.16sec. Two years later, the 599XX Evo appeared with 740hp, 35kg less weight than the XX and an active rear wing.
These two track-only cars were supplemented with the 599 GTO, only the third car from Ferrari to wear this iconic badge. The GTO cost £305,676 and came with a top speed of 208mph. It also has 680hp and is 100kg lighter than a standard GTB model, so 0-62mph comes up in 3.3 seconds.
All of these special editions are exciting, but for most buyers it's the HGTE pack that is more relevant to look for when buying. It comes with firmer springs and rear anti-roll bar, lowered ride height and modified magnetic suspension settings. The HGTE also has reworked software to make gearchanges quicker and sharpen throttle response, while the exhaust allows more of the V12's noise to be heard in the cabin.
Reckon spending from £80,000 to drive away in a 599, though most cars will cost significantly more and HGTE-equipped cars tend to start at around £130,000. As for a GTO, you'll need around £500,000 and a similar amount for an SA Aperta should one come one the market. However, for this guide, we'll stick to the mainstream 599 GTB.
"The 599 is a great car and the Aperta adds to that with greater rarity and appeal. The GTO is a very different, rawer car and ready to bite you."
Thanks to Meridian Modena in Lyndhurst for supplying the Ferrari Approved 599 GTB pictured.
Photos (Grigio Silverstone car): Chris Teagles