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 |  May 08 2011, 4:29 PM

Car companies just love facelifting their current products. It is a much cheaper way to get a few more years out of the current product, because developing an all-new vehicle is very expensive.

Low volume car companies are even more likely to update current products rather than develop new ones, and Ferrari is no exception. In the past we have seen the Testarossa turn into the 512TR and then into the F512M. The 348 spawned the 355, while the 456 became the 456M. The 360 Modena gave way to the F430, and the 550 became the 575.

However, don’t expect to see the replacement model for the 599 to be just an update. Reports suggest that its successor will be an all-new car. Ferrari recently replaced the 612 Scaglietti with the completely new FF, and would probably take the same route with the 599.

However, over the last few years, Ferrari has been keeping busy by coming up with newer versions of the 599, which has spawned the 599XX track car, the 599 GTO, and the SA Aperta (above).

The successor to the 599 is expected to be revealed next year, powered by a 700-hp version of the brand’s big V12 engine.

GALLERY: Ferrari 599 SA Aperta


Click here to read AutoGuide’s Ferrari 599 Review

[Source: MotorTrend]

 |  Sep 30 2010, 10:19 AM

Some may say it looks a little like a Corvette Convertible, regardless, there’s no denying the Ferrari 599 SA Aperta is classically beautiful. With just 80 models being built, the SA Aperta is ultra-exclusive (they made five times as many Enzos) and celebrates 80 years of Pininfarina design. The name itself honors the design house – in particular Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.

Incredibly despite the chop-top roof, Ferrari claims the weight gain is “negligible,” retaining the 599 coupe’s incredible driving dynamics and chassis rigidity. But there’s more than just a drop-top to this Ferrari, with a windscreen that’s been chopped, a lowered suspension and the rollbars that seem to flow out of the design of the seats.

Power comes from the same engine found in the 599 GTO, with 670-hp on tap from Ferrari’s incredible 6.0-liter V12 engine.

Put your bib on and prepare to drool through the Gallery below.

GALLERY: Ferrari 599 SA Aperta