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2010-09-28 07:58

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Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ferrari
Model SA Aperta
Engine 6l V12
Power 456kW @ 7 600r/min
Torque 607Nm @ 5 600r/min
Ferrari is renowned for its soft-top cars.

Most of the company’s mid-engined models have always featured the option of a removable roof.

Motoring with the roof down, entertained by a Ferrari V8’s uncivilised acoustic signature,  is considered one of the finest experiences for any keen driver.

Unfortunately the company has always kept its larger, front-engined models exclusively in fixed-roof configuration.

You simply don’t even enquire about the possibility of a V12 powered Ferrari cabriolet.

Finally - a soft-top 599

Ferrari appears to have finally lifted its V12 roadster embargo.

At the Paris motor show (set to open later this week), Ferrari will debut its SA Aperta – for all intents and purposes a soft-top 599 GTB Fiorano.

Ferrari's new V12-powered soft-top’s lines and canvas roof structure were finessed by Pininfarina – continuing the longstanding relationship between these two icons of Italian design.

Although front and rear view styling remains unchanged, retaining the classic long-nose GT look of the fixed-roof 599 GTB, the SA Aperta side-profile shows-off profile arches running back from the A-pillar.

There are integrated aerodynamic fins too, fulfilling the dual function of smoothing air-flow and hiding the two roll-bars – which are integrated into the seats.

The SA Aperta will be powered by the tested 456kW version of the company’s 6l V12 engine.

Despite a predicted (negligible) increase in weight due to strengthening of its chassis and body-structure (to combat a reduction in structural rigidity sans fixed roof) the SA Aperta should be tremendously fast. In fact, when official performance figures and further details are released later this week, it could become the fastest soft-top car in the production.

Ferrari says the SA Aperta’s soft-top architecture has been immaculately engineered to ensure a similar level of torsional rigidity to its fixed-roof 599 GTB siblings, which is an outstanding achievement.

Staying true to Ferrari’s traditionally brazen marketing strategy, only a very limited number (80) of SA Aperta models will be produced. Naturally all of those already have a signature and deposit inked in next to them on the company's order book.


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