Ferrari unveiled the new SA Aperta, the long-awaited Ferrari 599 roadster. It’s a limited edition and just 80 will be built globally, one for each of the years styling house Pininfarina’s been in business.
This explains the Ferrari SA Aperta name: the SA part of the badge honours Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina, whose company has a long history of designing the most beautiful Ferrari’s. Aperta means open in Italian, signifying the baked bean tin opener has been deployed in Modena.
The Ferrari SA Aperta in detail
The Ferrari SA Aperta was unveiled formally at the 2010 Paris motor show on 30 September. Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine developing 493 kW (670 hp) at 8250 rpm and 620 Nm (63 kgm – 457 lbft) of torque at 6500 rpm. With this monster under its skin, the Ferrari SA APERTA is able to rocket from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph). The Ferrari SA APERTA specs list says the new model is equipped with a 6-speed F1 style transmission, a control system for stability and traction and a TPTMS (Tires Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System).
There is a temporary soft-top roof to be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad,’ says Ferrari. That speaks volumes about the likely hot climates where the SA Aperta will end up.
What else is different from the basic Ferrari 599?
The SA Aperta has a lower ride height, while two roll bars are integrated into the rear deck to provide protection in the untimely event of a rollover. Those safety hoops are designed to mimic the shape of the seats, say the men from Maranello, and they flow down into stately flying buttresses.
Ferrari claims the chassis is as stiff as the berlinetta’s and says the weight penalty is ‘negligible’. No hard figures available yet to back this up.
Price is put at more than €400,000′. So the most expensive Ferrari currently on sale then.