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.
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.