Just 80 special-edition 599 roadsters to be made to celebrate 80 years of Pininfarina; GTO's engine
1 October 2010

Ferrari has unveiled its Paris show star - although this open-top version of the 599 has sold out before making its public debut.

Called SA APERTA, the new model is designed as a tribute to styling house Pininfarina, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The S and A in the car's name stand for Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.

Unlike Ferrari's 575M Superamerica, which had a folding hard-top, the SA APERTA features what the firm calls "a light soft-top designed to be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad".

It also has a lower-slung windscreen and lower ride height, and two aerodynamic fins that are integrated into the rollover hoops.

Ferrari says the car is powered by a 670PS engine, giving the car 661bhp. That puts it desperately close on power to the ultra-extreme 599 GTO. The firm also claims that despite the loss of the roof, the SA APERTA has "a standard of stiffness comparable to that of a closed berlinetta", and that there is "a negligible weight difference" after the work on the chassis structure.

Just 80 examples of the car will be built, but Ferrari says they're all sold, following the SA APERTA's appearance at a private viewing at the recent Pebble Beach Concours in California. A final price will be announced at Paris, but Ferrari sources say the figure will be north of 400,000 euros (£340,000).

24 September 2010

Sweet! Ferrari and Ssangyong are on a roll!

24 September 2010

[quote Autocar]Ferrari says the car is powered by a 670PS engine, giving the car 661bhp. That puts it desperately close on power to the ultra-extreme 599 GTO. [/quote] Actually, it is equal.

24 September 2010

Damn .... my invitation to Pebble Beach must have been lost in the post ;o)

24 September 2010

Blimey a really nice looking Ferrari I actually like.

24 September 2010

Its still cheaper than a LFA.

24 September 2010

Lovely car ... and thankfully you don't have to have the stupid contrast colour windscreen surround and buttresses. And also you can remove the buttresses, again .... good, because they look pretty awful in place with the roof down.

I love this Ferrari!

24 September 2010

Phwoargh.

24 September 2010

Does one have to phone the Firebrigade before one presses the start button with this new Ferrari?

24 September 2010

[quote weenedonpetrol]Does one have to phone the Firebrigade before one presses the start button with this new Ferrari?[/quote] We've got a comedian here.

24 September 2010

575M Superamerica had a lift away hard top, not a folding hardtop!

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