Ferrari just revealed its newest convertible at the Paris Motor Show, and it’s a beauty of a roadster. The LaFerrari Aperta packs a V12 engine with 750 horsepower, and can generate a total of 949 horsepower using its electric motor and Kers technology. Now that’s a hybrid with a whole lotta juice.
This is unquestionably the most powerful engine ever to be used in a Ferrari road car, says CNN. The media outlet reports that LaFerrari Aperta is a convertible version of the automaker’s LaFerrari hybrid sports car, with a top speed of 217 miles per hour, just like the hardtop coupe. According to Ferrari, the convertible retains the aerodynamics and torsional rigidity of the original. Ferrari also confirms that the new supercar can get to 60 mph in under three seconds, and will hit 186 mph in 15 seconds flat. How’s that for wind in your hair?
Yet the truly remarkable thing about this car is that it is able to achieve these numbers despite its drop-top. In fact, the roof may be the most important aspect of the car’s design, as it can accommodate either a soft-top or an optional light-weight carbon-fiber hard-top, says TopSpeed. With its top up, the LaFerrari Aperta looks essentially identical to the coupe version, and even opens up with the same butterfly doors. And with only a few, barely noticeable but clearly well thought out changes made to the shape of the car, designers ensured the aerodynamics would stay the same even without the sleek roof.
On the inside, the convertible blends race car elements with Ferrari luxury, just like the hardtop. The new roadster has the LaFerrari’s familiar steering wheel and center console design, with most surfaces covered in Italian leather or suede-like Alcantara fabric. The seats, door panels, and dashboard appear in an array of two-tone finishes, and there are carbon-fiber elements throughout the interior. TopSpeed reports that Ferrari even put this material in the seats to make the car lighter.
Unfortunately, as impressive as this street-legal racing dream is, it’s been completely sold out since July. As with the LaFerrari, interested customers were approached by the automaker about the Aperta months before the rest of us even heard the new supercar existed. And with a limited release of only 200 cars sold and a price tag of 2.2 million dollars, this one remains firmly in the hands of Ferrari’s exclusive clientele. Rumors are circulating that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay already has his. Presumably, the rest of us can keep our eyes peeled to catch a glimpse of the racecar, if we’re lucky enough to look up before it gets up to speed.