Paris motor show report - Ferrari

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Ferrari SA APERTA
Ferrari SA APERTA
Centre stage at Paris is possibly the most exclusive production Ferrari ever, the SA APERTA.

So what is it?
The SA APERTA is based on the 599 supercar, but comes as an open-top only and has been made to mark the 80th anniversary of Ferrari’s relationship with Italian design house Pininfarina.

The bad news is that if you haven't already placed your order, it's too late – just 80 will be built and they’re already all spoken for.

The two-seater is named in honour of Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina, whose company has been responsible for some of the all-time great Ferraris. The 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’, Testarossa and F40 all originate from the company's drawing boards.

The drop-top's chassis has been redesigned to be as stiff as the coupe's, but it's barely any heavier. Such a special car requires a special engine, so the SA APERTA uses the same 661bhp 6.0-litre V12 as the 599 GTO.

No performance figures have been released, but the SA APERTA should be comparable with the GTO, which means 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 202mph. Ferrari is staying tight-lipped over how many of the £340,000-plus cars are destined for UK customers.

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