Revealed to the public at the recent Paris Motor Show, it is understandable why the LaFerrari Aperta has tongues wagging and enthusiasts in awe.
The hybrid car marks the company’s 70th year in business and is an open top version of the very popular LaFerrari supercar on which it is modelled.
Only 209 of the limited edition Aperta will be built – 200 for customers and the other 9 to be shown off during Ferrari’s 2017 birthday celebrations. There is, however, sad news for would-be buyers. All 200 were sold even before the clients saw them. The car was launched at the recent Paris Motor Show. The € 1.86 million price was no deterrent, such is the prestige attached to the Aperta. Marketing head Enrico Galliera said at the launch that Ferrari is happy to reward its most dedicated followers by producing the limited edition. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was one of the lucky 200. In order to qualify for one of its exclusive cars such as the Aperta a client must show a record of having owned a number of Ferraris in the past – even attended Ferrari shows.
The hybrid sports car boasts a 6.3-litre V12 engine coupled with a 120 kW electric motor. It is capable of an extremely impressive 949hp. This is a top performing car that races to 62mph in under 3 seconds and 186mph in no more than 15 seconds. Top speed is estimated at 217 mph. Sports cars and speed go hand in hand – the Aperta is no exception. It is right up there with the fastest. It is a rear-wheel drive car with a seven-speed automatic transmission. It comes with both soft and optional removable carbon fibre hard top.
Some adjustments to the Ferrari coupe on which the Aperta is modelled, ensure that the chassis can handle the different stresses of the open top car. The same is true for the adjustments to aerodynamic aspects; the angle of inclination had to be modified for the Aperta to allow for airflow along the car’s under-body as opposed to the coupe in which air flow hugs the bonnet.
A Supercar for the Super Rich
In this league there are not many cars on the market (but if your 458 Special or your F40 isn’t quite cutting it – we want to buy any car and can help you to raise capital for your next Italian supercar). It really is meant for the super rich with a true interest in the Ferrari history and name. There can be little doubt that in years to come the Aperta will become a true classic sports car.