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.