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Ferrari 599 GTB meets Ferrari F40 in an epic fantasy match race

By on October 4, 2011 11:50 AM
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OK, so it's not really epic and not really even a match race. But "Duel for the Crown" is one very engaging video that pits a pair of very cool Ferraris against each other in a hot desert environment for a scintillating showdown  in the middle of nowhere. Created by the automaker to show just much things have progressed over time, this high-energy exercise celebrates the formidable dynamic capabilities of the current Ferrari 599 GTB compared to its fabled F40, once upon a time the baddest player ever to wear the fabled Cavelleno Rampante badge.

Rolling out of the Maranello factory from 1987-92, the F40 had a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 mounted amidships that made 471 horsepower and carried it from 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and to a top speed of 201 mph - making this 2-seat road rocket the first street-legal car to exceed the double-century mark. Fast forward to today, and the far more civilized Ferrari 599 GTB handily eclipses all of those figures. A front-engine Grand Tourer with a 612-horsepower V12 under its hood, the 599 GTB can charge from 0-62 mph in 3.7 ticks and clear 205 mph on the top end. However, just like any Ferrari, performance statistics are only one part of the story. All who recall the bygone F40 era with fondness -- and even those too young to have it etched in their memory banks -- will find this nicely produced bit of exhilarating eye candy worth a watch.  

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