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Ferrari Introduces the SA APERTA, A 599 Convertible

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On: Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 9:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Introduces the SA APERTA, A 599 Convertible

Ferrari announced a new limited edition model last week: the SA APERTA. The new model is an open-top 599 that gets extra power and features a lightweight soft-top, making it an accessory most suited to the sunny coast or desert. Not quite as exciting as a brand-new Lamborghini, but a sexy, new model just the same, the SA APERTA will give us one more thing to look forward to at the Paris Motor Show beginning later this week. Officially, the SA Aperta is a tribute to design firm Pininfarina. The firm is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, so Ferrari will offer 80 models of the SA Aperta. And the lettering stands for "Sergio" and "Andrea" Pininfarina.

The 599 GTB Fiorano's 6.0-liter V12 engine has been tuned up to 661 hp for the special edition, a jump of 41 horses. AsAutocar points out, this modification puts it on par with the 599 GTO.

Outside, the SA Aperta gets a lower-angled windshield and two fins in the roll-top for aerodynamics. The ride height also drops, bringing the newest 599 closer to the ground. The soft-top is designed for minimal emergency use only, so the SA Aperta is made for idyllic drives up the coast on perfect bluebird days. Ferrari says that the weight and stiffness of the car are nearly identical to the 599 GTB despite the loss of the roof. Unfortunately, no performance specs are yet floating around.

Some bad news for those with the will and bank account to obtain one: Ferrari has already sold all 80 examples. Ferrari owners just love them a new limited edition, especially one that combines power and looks this effectively.

Ferrari first showed the SA Aperta at a private showing at the Concours d'Elegance last month, and clearly those attending were enamored enough to inspire the quick sell-out. Its next stop is Paris, which begins this week.

No pricing was announced yet, but the SA Aperta is expected to carry a base upwards of 400,000 euros ($540K).

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