Held at Modena's Ducal Palace, now a military academy, the grand gala involved the participation of Ferrari factory test drivers and military cadets before a crowd of Ferrari's most elite 500 customers.
The exclusive limited edition special is the brand's fastest ever road car, and although inspired by the production version of the Ferrari 599, is in fact based upon the 599XX - Ferrari’s advanced experimental track car.
A strictly limited run of just 599 examples of the Ferrari 599 GTO will be produced, the car already proving quicker than both the Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari 430 Scuderia, lapping Ferrari's Fiorano test circuit in just one minute and 24 seconds.
The Ferrari 599 GTO is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine developing 500kW at 8250rpm and peak torque of 620Nm at 6500rpm. It is mated exclusively to an F1-style six-speed transmission resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.23 kg/hp.
Using F1-inspired chassis design principles, the car's dry weight is just 1495kg. Top speed is rated at 335km/h with the sprint to 100km/h managed in just 3.35 seconds.
Sadly, for customers wishing to express an interest in the Ferrari 599 GTO at its first public appearance, scheduled for the Beijing Motor Show next week, Ferrari tells us that every last one of the exclusive models has now been sold.