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Video: Duel for the Crown: Ferrari F40 versus 599 GTB Fiorano

Fri, 30 Sep 2011

What's better than an open desert mountain road? How about having a Ferrari or two with which to tackle it--especially when said steeds are the famed F40 and a 599 GTB Fiorano?

This recently released video from Ferrari shows that, while decades separate the cars, and their ethos are on opposite ends of the spectrum, the pure performance isn't so different--a fact that speaks highly of the F40.

For the uninitiated, the Ferrari F40 was a mid-engine, twin-turbocharged V8-powered raw supercar that was the first production car to break the 200-mph mark. Ferrari produced just more than 1,300 units from 1987 to 1992.

In contrast, Ferrari threw back the covers on the 599 GTB Fiorano in 2006. This gran turismo is powered by a naturally aspirated V12 that churns out more than 600 hp.

Of the two, which would you select--the raw-sports-car experience of the F40, or the refined yet superior performance of the 599 GTB?

By David Arnouts