Dramatically restyled and roofless F12 Berlinetta-based F60 America gets 10-strong production run to commemorate 60 years of Ferrari in North America

Ferrari has revealed an exclusive model, called the F60 America, to commemorate its 60th year in North America.

The company says the car, an open-topped version of the F12 Berlinetta, "combines our American client's two great passions – the V12 engine and open-top driving."

Only ten of the new F60Americas will be produced, paying homage to the likes of the 10-strong production run of the 1967 275 GTS4 NART Spider that was commissioned exclusively for America. Each F60 America cost £1.56 million, a significant premium over the £238,938 of the standard F12 Berlinetta, and all are already accounted for.

Besides the deletion of the roof, the cosmetic changes to the F12 Berlinetta on which the car is based are myriad. The nose, wings and doors have all been restyled, while the distinctive 'aero bridge' found on the tail of the F12 has been removed.

The exterior is finished in North American Racing Team livery and special 60th anniversary prancing horse badges adorn the wheelarches. The two roll hoops are trimmed in leather and backed with carbonfibre-trimmed flying buttresses which stretch to the rear of the car.

Inside the F60America features bespoke cabin trim, with the driver's side being finished in red and the passenger side in black – a reputed nod to historic Ferrari competition cars. The seats also feature stylised American flags, while design cues from the LaFerrari and 458 Speciale – such as the blade-like gear selection panel – have been adopted. A light fabric top is supplied, which closes the cabin and can withstand speeds of up to 75mph.

Power comes from the same 6.3-litre V12 used in the F12, which produces 731bhp and 509lb ft, and power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A 0-62mph time of just 3.1sec is claimed, the same as the F12 Berlinetta.

The new car will be publicly unveiled at an anniversary celebration gala dinner at the Beverly Hills City Hall on 11 October. Ferrari has also previously displayed a bespoke roofless F12 Berlinetta, called the F12 TRS.

Speaking at the Paris motor show, new Ferrari chief Sergio Marchionne expressed slight frustration at the fact that all the anniversary models had already sold, however. "I'm not saying we should make 20", he said, "but I think we should make the product available."

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10 October 2014

Whatever happened to pretty Ferrari's? These things are all creases and aerodynamics. Its got as much passion about it as a blender. I know celebratory models are always a little bit off the wall and can go bonkers - but that red thing that seems stuck on the dash is just ugly! (Don't get me started on that idiotic stripe down the bonnet - what were they thinking?!)

I wondered what happened to all the Dyson vacuum cleaners that got binned, well apparently Ferrari are recycling the tubes as air vents. Yuck. The donor car is a piece of engineering brilliance, it looks pretty and has character, with a glance of modernity and panache inside (albeit the steering wheels in modern Ferraris still are trying too hard to be F1 wannabes).

It seems in translation for this American celebration its brought all the loud bombast of the market destination and none of the Italian style and subtlety.

12 October 2014
swissrangie wrote:

Whatever happened to pretty Ferrari's? These things are all creases and aerodynamics. Its got as much passion about it as a blender. I know celebratory models are always a little bit off the wall and can go bonkers - but that red thing that seems stuck on the dash is just ugly! (Don't get me started on that idiotic stripe down the bonnet - what were they thinking?!)

I wondered what happened to all the Dyson vacuum cleaners that got binned, well apparently Ferrari are recycling the tubes as air vents. Yuck. The donor car is a piece of engineering brilliance, it looks pretty and has character, with a glance of modernity and panache inside (albeit the steering wheels in modern Ferraris still are trying too hard to be F1 wannabes).

It seems in translation for this American celebration its brought all the loud bombast of the market destination and none of the Italian style and subtlety.

If I was you I wouldn't buy one, I doubt you'd like it.

 

 

12 October 2014
swissrangie wrote:

Whatever happened to pretty Ferrari's? These things are all creases and aerodynamics. Its got as much passion about it as a blender. I know celebratory models are always a little bit off the wall and can go bonkers - but that red thing that seems stuck on the dash is just ugly! (Don't get me started on that idiotic stripe down the bonnet - what were they thinking?!)

I wondered what happened to all the Dyson vacuum cleaners that got binned, well apparently Ferrari are recycling the tubes as air vents. Yuck. The donor car is a piece of engineering brilliance, it looks pretty and has character, with a glance of modernity and panache inside (albeit the steering wheels in modern Ferraris still are trying too hard to be F1 wannabes).

It seems in translation for this American celebration its brought all the loud bombast of the market destination and none of the Italian style and subtlety.

Good decent design has left Ferrari long ago. The world would be a better (at least more aesthetically pleasing) place if people's visual intelligence matches their wealth. But I suppose in these days of new money brand exclusivity is all that counts.

10 October 2014

What the market can stand rather than what might be reasonable, this 650% price hike must have been conceived from the start to make mugs out of monkeys.

10 October 2014

do these guys just pull prices from their a**?

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10 October 2014
iamnotbritishandthereforeunbiased wrote:

do these guys just pull prices from their a**?

That's just it, they can because there are thousands of ridiculously wealthy individuals out there, who would not give it a second thought to spend 1.6 mil on a car. I watched a program the other day about expensive properties and one home had a £25,000 chandelier in the kitchen...just the kitchen! Fair play to anyone who can afford such luxuries I say

11 October 2014

Modern Ferraris are far from glamorous, and most of them are getting into common sights in some places in our world. I hope Ferrari look back into those days when Exotic and Exclusivity had their own true meanings before designing next models.

12 October 2014

Ferrari is now following Lamborghini, instead of the other way round.

There will be a dozen droptops.

And then a dozen with a Reventon nose.

And then a dozen with 12 more horsepower, and a carbon-fibre something-or-other.

And then a dozen with two-tone paint, and a full family history on the cow that died to make the interior.

And so on...

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