LaFerrari Aperta Debuts and Is Already Sold Out
The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is a car that needs no introduction. It’s an open-air version of this legendary Italian brand’s LaFerrari.
Making its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show, this limited-production exotic beauty is launching to commemorate the brand’s 70th birthday. Obviously, the lack of a permanent roof is its defining feature. Accordingly, it’s offered with a standard soft top, though owners can also get a carbon-fiber lid for an extra cost.
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Nestled beneath that beautiful bodywork is the same hybrid drivetrain found in “standard” LaFerraris. This includes a 6.3-liter V12 engine that delivers 789 horsepower all on its own, enough to make it the most powerful road-going naturally aspirated Ferrari engine ever offered.
That V12 is teamed with a 161-horsepower electric motor that provides a total system output of 950 stallions. Aside from identical hardware, there is revised powertrain control software that allegedly improves overall efficiency.
All told, the Aperta should be able to reach 62 miles an hour in less than three seconds and top out at around 217 mph, all with identical torsional rigidity as its solid-topped counterpart because of strategic stiffening.
Ensuring it can safely achieve such incredible speed, a variety of aerodynamic enhancements were made to the body. Also, this car’s doors open at a slightly different angle, a change that’s supposedly for safety reasons. Apparently, the Aperta is already sold out, which is hardly a surprise. Ferrari will cap production of the convertible at 209 units.
Aside from the LaFerrari Aperta, which means “open” in Italian, the company also unveiled another new model in Paris, the GTC4 Lusso T.
Aside from a name more cumbersome than Mitsubishi Active Urban Sandal (yes, that’s a real car, you can Bing it), there’s plenty to love about this machine. It now features a 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 engine that’s good for 602 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. It can propel the GTC4 Lusso T from a standstill to 62 miles an hour in a scant 3.5 seconds. Top speed should be 199 miles an hour.
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Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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