There is some good news for all the Ferrari lovers. The luxury carmaker just unveiled its new convertible supercar at the Paris Auto Show 2016. The bad news is that it costs a massive $2.2 million and is sold out already.
Ferrari certainly took its own time in rolling out its version of the convertible LaFerrari hybrid supercar. The hard-topped LaFerrari had its debut in 2013 and it had disappeared quickly just after a production of 499 cars. The convertible version of LaFerrari was not announced to the public until July and the car is marking its first entry at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The topless version is called the LaFerrari Aperta, which in Italian means “open”.
The Architectural Details
The LaFerrari Aperta is virtually similar to the coupe model of LaFerrari, with just a few obvious tweaks to shelter the removable roof. The removable roof is a soft top, although there is a hardtop made of carbon fiber that is optionally available. The designers and engineers have fortified the framework to account for any probable loss in the rigidity of the structure while removing the roof. Also, many adjustments have been made to the cooling system since there will be changes in the airflow with the open roof.
The most difficult job probably should have been getting the butterfly doors of the coupe model to adapt to the Aperta version. This involves changing the angles to which the doors should open, and inserting carbon-fiber embeds that will allow the doors to rotate. According to Ferrari, this was done keeping in mind the safety concerns. But the carmaker did not mention what exactly the safety concerns meant.
Power Plant Details
There is nothing unchanged and new about the engine and motor powerhouse of the car from that of the LaFerrari Coupe. The V12 engine has a 6.3 liters fuel capacity, and it works on an electric motor which produces an overwhelming 949 horsepower with a torque of 663 pound-feet. This power is sent to the rear wheels of the supercar via a dual-clutch transmission, which has a seven-speed range. The LaFerrari Aperta boasts of ramping up the speed from zero to 62 mph in just 3 seconds, with a top speed range of almost 217 mph, which is as same as that of the LaFerrari hardtop.
If the earlier rumors are to be considered, then it was indicated that Ferrari would produce just 150 copies of the LaFerrari Aperta. However, the recent reports suggest that the automaker will actually build 200 such vehicles. Few of these cars will probably be used next year for Ferrari’s 70th-anniversary celebrations. The whole production run is sold out already.
Ferrari will mark its 70th anniversary by launching the LaFerrari Aperta along with limited editions of the 488 GTB, the 488 Spider, the F12 Berlinetta, and the California T, all enwrapped in new accouterment and paraphernalia, to honor the racing heritage of the luxury car company. The production of all these models will total up to 350 cars.