• Sep 24, 2010

2011 Ferrari SA Aperta – Click above for high-res image gallery

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.

[Source: Ferrari]

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A new V12 to celebrate Pininfarina's 80th anniversary

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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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Ferrari:

      Please start making nice looking wheels again. Maybe a little positive offset will help.

      Your someday customer (who since his childhood has wanted a red Testarossa and someday might get one),

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      I get it - similar proportions to the C6, fine. But honestly, if you "can't tell" the difference between this and ANY Chevrolet product, then kindly stop sharing your mindless drivel on this website please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh yeah!

      Jamie wants one.
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        Don't think they do "manuals" at all anymore. It's all Formula 1 derived gearboxes now.
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      This car has always had a hint of C6 Corvette and I think this one just carries on with that, but I've got to say that I think this is the best looking version of them all. I'm not even a fan of removable roofs or the pointless silver blades on the rear, but it manages to work for me. Go Ferrari? not really, but worthy of some praise.
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      That's a nice looking Corve.....oh, wait....it's a Ferrari.
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        corvette owners wish and dream that their car would look as sexy as this Ferrari. they wish they could have the performance AND the passion and personality that a Ferrari has.
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        That is exactly what I thought, so who copied who? Did Corvette copy Ferrari?
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        Both copied the MkIV Supra. lol.

        But damn, that 599 is one sexy biatch.
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      Yes, it's widely acknowledged that corvette and ferrari due to their lack of design history inspired themselves from supras. In fact the supra doesn't have any design cues that resemble any ferrari from the past 70 years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honestly on the thumbnail i really did think it was a corvette.
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      The 'roof' is a massive backwards step from the Fiorivanti roof of the 575 Super America. Even the little Renault Wind uses that roof to great effect.
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      Is it a special edition with less interior room? Because 'aperta' means 'squeeze' or 'compress' in Portuguese
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        Just an observation. I know more Portuguese than Italian, but Aperta makes more sense now.
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      From seeing the partial roof in the thumbnail I was thinking SA stood for SuperAmerica.

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      Is this one of those cars with the little bikini top that you have to stretch over the passenger tub, or is it a proper convertible?
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      What is the weight difference between this and the coupe?
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