The 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta is a special model in celebration of Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary and is limited to just 80 examples—all of which are already spoken for. The SA nomenclature pays homage to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina, well known for designing some of Ferrari’s most successful road-going cars.
The SA Aperta is a true roadster, allowing 599 owners to bask in the V-12’s signature engine note in a whole new manner. A more raked windshield and two aerodynamic fins behind either passenger and integrated into the two roll-bars (which outline the two passenger seats) are some of the car’s standout features compared to the fixed-roof car. A light soft top is included as a last resort if the weather gets bad. To keep performance on par with the rest of the 599 lineup, the chassis was designed to be as stiff as the closed berlinetta without adding a ton of weight. The car will most likely sit as low as the current GTO, which sits 0.4 inches lower than the 599 GTB equipped with the HGTE package, which sits 0.4 inches lower than a stock 599 GTB.
The 661-hp engine beneath its hood and Ferrari’s advanced technology will ensure the 599 SA Aperta delivers performance like no other open-top Ferrari vehicle. Ferrari should be releasing more details on the 599 SA Aperta very soon.
Specification Ferrari 599 SA Aperta
Base Price : $520,000 (estimated)
Engine : 6.7-liter V-12
Horsepower : 661 hp @ 8,250 rpm (estimated)
Torque : 457 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm (estimated)
Transmission : 6-speed SMG (estimated) 0–60 mph 3.5 seconds (estimated)
Top Speed : 200 mph (estimated)
Weight : 3,400 lb (estimated)
Length : 185 inches
Tires : Front: 285/30ZR-20,
Rear : 315/35ZR-20 (estimated)
FOR : GTO-matching output
2012 Ferarri 458 Italia Price, Reviews, Specs
2012 Ferarri 458 Italia, what car reviews, The big news for the Ferrari faithful for 2012 is the addition of the 458 Spider to the lineup. Unlike its predecessors, Ferrari has ditched the fabric convertible mechanism for a superamerica flip top. Where the Superamerica’s transparent roof flipped over and atop the rear lid, the 458 Spider’s small rear glass and bulk of the roof separate three quarters of the way into the roof, before both stack and flip under a raised tonneau cover. Ferrari says its patented design keeps the folded roof from intruding into rear engine compartment or cabin area and even leaves room for a small luggage bench behind the two chairs.
Made entirely from aluminum, the 458 Spider’s top apparatus weighs 55 pounds less than a traditional soft-top and opens and closes in a fast-for-a-hardtop 14 seconds. Altogether, Ferrari says the 458 Spider (it dropped the Italia in all the convertible’s press materials) is 111 pounds heavier than the coupe for a dry weight of 3,153 pounds; we anticipate its curb weight to be around 3,400 pounds. Ferrari says it will run zero-to-62 mph in 3.5 seconds and top out at more than 198 mph, a modest increase of 0.1 of a second and decrease of four miles per hour compared to the coupe.
The new rear cover features two large and six smaller intakes feeding the engine and cooling the radiators for the clutch and gearbox oil. Air is diverted inward by two large roll hoops behind and on either side of the passengers’ chairs. The visuals provided by the intake vents and buttresses, especially from an angle above the car, are nothing short of mesmerizing. The rest of the Pininfarina-penned coupe’s aerodynamically sculpted lines and compact shape are retained. The only item we will miss is the transparent rear window with easy visual access to the 4.5-liter V-8 engine.
Like the coupe, and an often-unmentioned aspect of the 458 italia, the car’s screaming engine normally creates 557 hp and only makes the full 562 when the little deformable flaps in the front intakes are flattened at very high speeds. The V-8 features direct fuel injection for less fuel consumption and emissions while improving performance. Despite its high-revving nature, the power plant puts out 80 percent of its 398 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm. The coupe’s traditional flat-plane racing crankshaft and triple exhaust parlay with the 9,000-rpm redline to produce a mechanical aria that is as patriotic sounding to Italian car lovers as the car’s name. Ferrari says it tweaked the 458 Spider’s exhaust note further for even more ear splendor within the cabin.
2012 Ferarri 458 Italia specs
Engine 4.5-liter V-8
Horsepower 562 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque 398 lb-ft @ 6,000 rpm
Transmission 7-speed DCT
0–60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 198 mph
Weight 3,400 lb (estimated)
Length 178 inches
Tires Front: 235/35ZR-20, Rear: 295/35ZR-20
2012 Ferarri 458 Italia price
The base price of ferarri is $260,000 (estimated).