Haute Auto: Open-Top LaFerrari Revealed

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The LaFerrari was Ferrari’s ultimate supercar, a missile that could hit speeds and corner unlike anything that the Maranello atelier had unleashed to date.

But that was yesterday (the LaFerrari was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show), so it was about time for Ferrari to up the ante. And that they just did, in a sort of less-is-more manner, by announcing the first open-top LaFerrari. The news is so new that the car doesn’t have a name yet but it will be officially named in September at the Paris Motor Show.

The new version will be a limited-edition series, but Ferrari hasn’t yet said what the numbers will be. At the same time, Ferrari declined to provide any details on the technical specifications on the car but one would assume that they will equal, if not best, those of the “regular” LaFerrari: 949 horsepower (no, that’s not a typo), 663 pound-feet of torque, zero to sixty times of under three seconds and a top speed of 217 miles per hour.   That all of this incredible performance comes from a car with a V-12 gas motor and a powerful electric motor gives new respect for the term “hybrid”, though it’s doubtful that even the open-top LaFerrari will qualify for carpool stickers.

Plans are for the new car to have two removable tops, one of carbon fiber and the other a soft top. The chassis and body reportedly have been reinforced to avoid the otherwise-inevitable shimmy and shake that a car of this power would have without a roof to help keep it solid. Ferrari also claims that they have tweaked the aerodynamics of the car so that, even in open-top mode, it remains as slippery to the air as the hardtop.

Now that you’ve read about it — and no doubt peeked ahead at the only photos released so far — you’re likely to ask about how to order one. I am sad to tell you that, even though Ferrari hasn’t said how many will be created, all are reportedly sold already, following Ferrari’s special preview to existing Ferrari owners.  As one apparently needs to own at least a few Ferraris in order to qualify for being in the group which is offered one, these newest cavallos are destined to remain a rarity.

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