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Paris Preshow: Ferrari SA APERTA, aka the 599 Roadster

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Paris Preshow: Ferrari SA APERTA, aka the 599 Roadster


The long-anticipated roadster version of Ferrari's front-engined 599 is finally here but don't get too excited as all 80 examples have already been sold even before the car makes its formal world premiere at next week's Paris Motor Show. Named SA APERTA, the new member of the 599 family was designed in celebration of Pininfarina's 80th anniversary.

And if you're wondering about the name, the SA nomenclature pays homage to both Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina, while 'aperta' means 'open' in Italian.

Maranello's newest supercar loses the standard 599's tin top and gains a low-slung windscreen, two roll bars that mimic the outline of the seats and a pair of aerodynamic fins, while the car's stance is made more aggressive thanks to a lowered ride height.

Unlike the car's predecessor, the 575M Superamerica, which sported a rotating central-piece rooftop, the SA APERTA makes use of a simple light soft top. Ferrari says the top is "designed to be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad". That's Ferrari's way of saying we didn't bother to develop a normal ragtop.

As is the case with all coupe models converted to roadsters, the 599's chassis has been reworked and strengthened, with the company claiming it offers "a standard of stiffness comparable to that of a closed berlinetta" and that there's "a negligible weight difference."

Under the hood, the open-top 599 model gets the same 670-horsepower V12 as the recently revealed GTO model. Further details are to be released at next week's Paris show.



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Ferrari 599 SA APERTA drops its top for Paris

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 24th 2010 at 9:27AM

Ferrari has pulled back the covers on its rumored topless 599 GTB Fiorano before the roadster's unveil at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. We've got bad news if you were hoping to sink your teeth into this particular convertible, though. The Prancing Horse is only planning to make 80 examples of its newest creation and each one has already been spoken for. The company is calling the drophead the SA Aperta in honor of none other than Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina. Their contribution to Ferrari design needs no introduction.

Ferrari says that the SA Aperta sits closer to the tarmac than just about any other of the company's products and that the creation is far more than some hacksaw version of the hardtop 599. While a simple cloth top will keep the rain off your back should the weather turn sour, Ferrari says that it has poured substantial effort into developing the chassis to maintain the same level of stiffness that the coupe version of the 599 enjoys. Those lucky enough to get their hands on the car will still find the same meaty V12 mounted up front. Hit the jump for the press release.

Maranello, 24th September 2010 – Ferrari is delighted to announce the presentation of the SA APERTA at the Paris International Motor Show 2010. This is a special series model of which a strictly limited number of just 80 will be built. All have already been sold. Ferrari chose to build 80 SA Apertas in celebration of Pininfarina's 80th anniversary. The SA nomenclature also pays homage to both Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina whose company and work have been linked to the most successful road-going cars ever built at Maranello.

The SA APERTA is a true roadster which allows its occupants to enjoy the superlative emotions afforded by our signature front-engined V12 architecture in a completely open-top setting. In fact, it has just a light soft top designed to be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad. A low-slung windscreen and the fact that it crouches lower to the ground than our other models lend the SA APERTA an exceptionally aerodynamic sleekness. Its profile arches back from the A-post to two aerodynamic fins beautifully integrating the two roll-bars which themselves cleverly mimic the outline of the seats.

The chassis has been redesigned to deliver a standard of stiffness comparable to that of a closed berlinetta and there is a negligible weight difference also, thanks to work done on the chassis structure.

Thanks to the 670 CV engine beneath its bonnet, the SA APERTA beautifully embodies the sporty spirit of the 599, incorporating Ferrari's most advanced technology to deliver absolutely benchmark performance and superb driving pleasure. Its interior too is stylishly sporty with particularly sophisticated materials, trim and colours used throughout. The virtually endless combinations available guarantee that each and every SA APERTA is absolutely unique.



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