Open-top Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta unveiled, set to debut at 2016 Paris Motor Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 16, 2016

It has been a while since rumours about an open-top Ferrari LaFerrari surfaced. Speculations of the bespoken LaFerrari Spider have been around since 2014 and they have finally been put to rest after Ferrari’s newest CEO Sergio Marchionne announced earlier this year that the car, which it has now named as the LaFerrari Aperta, is well on its way to production. That plus a private event served especially for its most loyal customers make it crystal clear that the open-top version of the hypercar Holy Trinity member is ready to hit the roads.

The LaFerrari Spider is set to debut during the 2016 Paris Motor Show at the end of September this year. Technical specifications, characteristics and its final name will be revealed at the upcoming event and so all eyes and ears are on Ferrari right now.

It is estimated that the droptop version will cost more than the $1.4 million standard version, most probably a 40% increase. And just like its predecessor, the LaFerrari Spider will be limited to only a couple of units which some speculate will come between 150 to 200 cars only. The droptop version will come with the same 6.3-liter hybrid V12 but with an additional 163 horsepower coming from an electric motor producing a total of 963 horsepower. Its chassis and aerodynamics have been modified and upgraded to maintain performance and to ensure its drag coefficient. The LaFerrari Spider is expected to feature a removable carbon-fiber hard top as well as a removable soft top. To top it all off, Ferrari engineers have maintained the torsional rigidity and beam stiffness similarly found in the standard LaFerrari.

As much as most people are excited to know the technical aspects of the LaFerrari Spider, there are also some who are curious and a bit concerned whether the open-top version will be featured in the same old set of colors as the standard coupe – red, black and yellow. Luckily, it seems like the god of colors has blessed the LaFerrari spider with a brand new set of hues for customers to choose from.

Ferrari first released a photo of a classic-looking open-top black LaFerrari via its official Twitter account earlier this month. It’s our first sneak peek of the most awaited vehicle. A few colors have also been revealed, including one in Kermit Green – ordered by Jamiroquai’s front man Jay Kay. It looks like the LaFerrari will also come in sleek silver, the classic white, and a two-tone combo of black and red or yellow and black. There’s also a quirky color called the Arancio Triplo Strato which when translated is a triple layer of orange. That’s about as much info as we could get for the LaFerrari Spider color wheel, but we’re crossing our fingers for more. Nothing beats a limited edition vehicle than one dressed with a stunning color.

Just like the other droptop versions of Ferrari coupes, we’ve also been calling this latest LaFerrari droptop a Spider. However, it looks like Ferrari has other plans for this including its name. On the Italian automaker’s website, they’ve given it the name LaFerrari Aperta – Aperta meaning “open” in Italian. It looks like Ferrari has got more up its sleeves than the tiny bits of information we’re getting from our sources. This has surely raised curiosity on the LaFerrari convertible, which is quite an effective marketing strategy.

Press Release

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

Ferrari released first photographs of the convertible version of the LaFerrari, the new limited edition special series aimed at clients and collectors that refuse to compromise on the joy of drop-top driving even when at the wheel of a supercar.

The name and technical characteristics of the new car will be announced at the 2016 Paris International Motor Show as will the number Ferrari proposes to build. However, all available examples have already been sold after a special preview to clients and the order book is closed.

The new limited edition special series will be available with a carbon-fibre hard top and a soft top. It has the same running gear and performance figures as the original LaFerrari, sporting a 800 cv V12 ICE (with a specific power output of 128 cv/l) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor (163 cv), unleashing 963 cv in total.

Significant and extensive modifications have been made to the chassis with the aim of retaining the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the coupé version. The car's aerodynamics have also been further honed to guarantee the same drag coefficient even without the roof.

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