In conjunction with the Prancing Horse’s 70th Anniversary, the Ferrari Aperta (LaFerrari Aperta) and limited-edition special series took center stage at the Paris Motor Show, most recently. The Aperta got the world premiere, alongside special liveried F12berlinetta “The Stirling”, 488 GTB “The Schumacher”, California T “The Steve McQueen”, 488 Spider “The Green Jewel” and a 488 Spider, inspired by the 1953 375 MM bodied by Pinin Farina.
LaFerrari Aperta retains intact the avant-garde styling of the coupé, a model that represents the peak of the synergies between the engineering and development departments and Ferrari’s Styling Center. The body’s shape is very sculptural and aerodynamically functional, with an innovative formal language. Its fluid forms lend a sense of unlimited power, while F1-inspired nose and muscular power of the rear section reveal the car’s extreme dynamism. Profile-wise, the Aperta has a sharp, downward-sloping nose and a very low bonnet which emphasizes its muscular wheel arches.
The styling is underscored by a discrete model-specific livery with just a few graphic accents in a contrasting color defining the main styling contours. Equally, the cabin features detailing that coordinates with the livery, as well as new seat upholstery in which leather is combined with Starlite Alcantara.
The LaFerrari Aperta’s powertrain, which is the same as the LaFerrari’s, uses hybrid technology. The 6,262 cc engine couples an 800 cv 6262cc V12 with a 120 kW (163 cv) electric motor for a total output of 963 cv. Thanks to the HY-KERS system, it is the most high-performance and efficient Ferrari ever built.
Available with both a carbon-fiber hard top (optional) and soft top, the LaFerrari Aperta boasts the same specification and characteristics as the LaFerrari, combining extraordinary performance with the unique exhilaration of open-top driving. It is equipped with the same hybrid power unit as the coupé: an 800 cv 6,262cc V12 engine (specific power output of 128 cv/l, compression ratio 13.5:1) coupled with a 120 kW electric motor for a total power output of a 963 cv. The high levels of torque available at low revs from the electric motor allowed the engineers to optimize the internal combustion engine’s performance at higher revs, thus providing exceptional, continuous power throughout the rev range and a maximum torque peak of 900 Nm.
The LaFerrari Aperta delivers the same top speed of over 350 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in in under 3 seconds. It also delivers the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness characteristics, as well as dynamic performance levels. Moreover, modifications to the aerodynamic set-up ensure that, with the roof open and the side windows up, the drag figure is unaffected compared to that of the coupé.
Special attention was focused on the unique experience of open-top driving. The coupé’s blistering performance feels heightened to superb effect in the LaFerrari Aperta. The absence of the roof delivers a genuinely exhilarating experience with the hybrid power unit providing a heady soundtrack. A sophisticated wind-stop system, designed to improve aerodynamic and acoustic comfort, means occupants can easily carry on a conversation even at high speeds. Last but not least, an auxiliary engine also replaces the traditional alternator, shaving off further weight and reducing overall package dimensions.