Ferrari California and 599 HGTE Debut at Dubai Motorshow

Published December 22nd, 2009 - 03:39 GMT

Al Tayer Motors, one of the UAE’s premier automobile dealerships, will showcase the Ferrari California and the 599 HGTE (Handling Grand Turismo Evoluzione) at the Dubai Motorshow, from December 16 – 20.

 “The Dubai Motorshow attracts visitors from all over the GCC region and we want to give them an opportunity to see the Ferrari California and the 599 HGTE, which are some of the latest offerings from the Prancing Horse marque. We also want to underscore our continued support to the event,” said Hossam Hosni, General Manager – Luxury Auto, Al Tayer Motors. 

Al Tayer Motors will also exhibit the 599XX at its showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road.  The 599XX incorporates the most advanced technologies resulting from Ferrari's road-going and F1 research. Many of the technological solutions it carries are being used for the first time and have been developed exclusively for this special car.

Ferrari California
The California boasts a number of firsts for the prancing horse marque – it is the first front-mounted V8 engine and retractable hard top model for Ferrari

The Ferrari California is an exceptionally innovative car whose philosophy takes its concept inspiration from the spirit and emotions of one of the great Ferraris of the past, the 1957 250 California. It is one of the most versatile Ferraris ever built and combines a purely sportive approach with a lifestyle soul.


The California is available exclusively as a convertible with retractable folding hard-top in either a two-seater version with a traditional rear bench or in the 2+ version which sees the rear bench equipped with seating for one to two passengers.

599 GTB Fiorano
The HGTE package is designed to deliver even sportier, more dynamic driving, to highlight the 599 GTB Fiorano's positioning in the ‘sports car’ segment.

The technical modifications introduced with the HGTE Package to the car's set-up and tyres ensure tighter, more dynamic handling, with sharper cornering and improved responsiveness whilst still being easy to drive. The HGTE package further underlines the 599 GTB Fiorano's different mission from Ferrari's other current 12-cylinder, the 612 Scaglietti which, along with the 8-cylinder Ferrari California, represents the Grand Tourer personality of the Prancing Horse's current range.

599 XX
The 599XX, on the other hand, is aimed at owners that want to experience Prancing Horse driving pleasure at its purest. Conceived exclusively for track but not official competition use, and thus unrestricted either by homologation limitations or regulatory restrictions, this extreme sports car incorporates the very best of Ferrari technology, the fruit both of Ferrari’s Research and Development Department's labours and long experience and experimentation in F1.

The plethora of aerodynamic, electronic control and handling innovations used together for the first time on a single car make this model a genuine technological laboratory.


The solutions adopted for the 599XX - many of which will remain exclusive to it - enhance its levels of performance and can be summed up in one highly relevant statistic: a Fiorano lap time of just 1 minute and 17 seconds. Although it is such an extreme car, the 599XX still retains the ergonomics of the road-going model which are essential for non-professional drivers engaging in intensive track driving.

The California and the 599 HGTE will be on display at Al Tayer Motors’ stand in Hall 3, at the Dubai International Exhibition and Exhibition Centre, while the 599XX can be viewed at Al Tayer Motors showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road.


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