2011 Ferrari SA Aperta specs released

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 1, 2010

Ferrari introduced its new SA Aperta (also known as the 599 Roadster) at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. This new model celebrates Pininfarina’s 80th year of activity and the ‘SA’ pays tribute to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina. Comparing it with the 599 GTB Fiorano (the coupe version), the SA Aperta features a lowered windscreen, which gives it a sleek look combined with the fact that the ride height has also been reduced.

The Ferrari SA Aperta is powered by a V12 engine delivering 670 hp at 8250 rpm and a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission and can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 325 km/h or 202 mph.

According to Ferrari, the SA Aperta has a fuel consumption of 17.5 l/100 km (13.55 mpg) and delivers 411 g/km CO2 emissions. If you like this car and want one, we have bad news: the new Ferrari SA Aperta will be produced in a limited edition of 80 units and all were already sold.

The Ferrari California made its presence known at the Paris Motor Show as it comes equipped with the High Emotion Low Emission (HELE) system. Urban driving tests have shown that emissions are reduced by 23% compared to 299 g/km where the system is not used. CO2 emissions were cut to a best in class 270 g/km over the homologated combined cycle (ECE+EUDC).

This is achieved through advanced technological solutions which finely tune the balance between energy demand (vehicle efficiency) and increase in energy generated (engine efficiency). The Stop & Start facility is also part of the HELE system and is most efficient when driving in sport mode.

The Stop & Start feature can restart the vehicle in a hair’s breath of 230 milliseconds to ensure an impressive response time, proving how the Ferrari California is able to combine speed and fuel efficiency with great success. The customer has 16 standard exterior colours to choose from. However, the brand also offers a two tone finish and a three layer paint technology.

There is a wide range of trim and personalisation options available with the California, such as a greater choice of leather finishes including a water repellent option for those water enthusiasts.

The California is also being accompanied by the 458 Italia, the SA APERTA, 599 GTB Fiorano with HGTE pack and the flamboyant Scuderia Ferriar Marlboro Formula 1 car, which was driven to victory by Roberto Alonso at the two previous Grand Prix.

Press Release

At Paris the exclusive SA APERTA and the Ferrari California featuring the HELE system, leading its class with a 23% reduction in city driving emissions

At the Paris Motor Show Ferrari is presenting the SA APERTA, a strictly limited edition of just 80 cars, and the Ferrari California sporting the first application of the HELE (High Emotion Low Emissions) system which is designed to enhance driving pleasure whilst reducing environmental impact.

The SA APERTA celebrates Pininfarina’s 80th year of activity and pays homage Sergio and Andrea. The SA APERTA is a new concept: a completely open-top interpretation of the architectural philosophy of the 599. It is an authentic roadster and comes with just an emergency soft top designed for use only if the weather gets particularly bad.

The SA APERTA features a lowered windscreen which, combined with the fact that the ride height has also been reduced, makes the car lower and sleeker. In profile the A-post creates an arc that ends with two aerodynamic buttresses integrating the two roll hoops which follow the outline of the seats. Each individual detail of the SA APERTA, designed by Ferrari Centro Stile in collaboration with Pininfarina, has been chosen to highlight the craftsmanship involved in its creation, with the finest materials – such as leather, carbon-fibre and Alcantara – used throughout from the dashboard to the roomy boot.

The SA APERTA is powered by a V12 producing 670 CV at 8250 rpm and maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm, while gear changes are effected in just 60 milliseconds. These figures translate into absolutely outstanding performance. Backing up the performance is a chassis that has been redesigned to guarantee the same structural rigidity of the berlinetta without adding weight.

Also on the stand is the Ferrari California equipped with the HELE system. In an urban driving cycle that realistically reproduces a clients’ use of the car, these solutions reduce emissions by 23 per cent compared to the 299 g/km announced at launch. Over the homologated combined cycle (ECE+EUDC) CO2 emissions are cut to a best-in-class 270 g/km. This is thanks to a finely tuned balance between energy demanded (vehicle efficiency) and the increase in energy generated (engine efficiency), a result achieved through the introduction of innovative solutions and the optimisation of numerous technological features.

HELE also incorporates the Stop&Start system designed specifically for sporty driving – intelligent engine fan and fuel pump control, electronically-controlled variable displacement air-conditioning technology and gear shifts that adapt to driving style. These solutions combine to reduce emissions and boost driving pleasure. The Stop&Start system restarts the car in just 230 milliseconds, guaranteeing maximum rapidity in getting underway again.

The Ferrari California thus seamlessly melds sportiness and versatility. The latter attribute, in fact, extends not only to its use, but also to the now even richer array of trim and personalisation options possible. As well as the 16 standard exterior colours in the range, clients can also opt for two-tone finishes or three-layer paint technology. Other options include an even wider choice of leather finishes, including water-repellent leather. Along with the SA APERTA and the Ferrari California on the stand at Paris will be the 458 Italia and the 599 GTB Fiorano with the HGTE pack, as well as the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Formula 1 car that Alonso drove to victory in the last two Grands Prix.

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