|2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta|
Built in just 499 units and priced from $1.7 million, the LaFerrari became an instant hit with deep-pocketed enthusiasts, who rushed to pay the hefty sticker and help Ferrari close order books in a matter of months. Although both the standard supercar and the highly exclusive, track-only FXX K are already sold out, the LeFerrari saga continues in 2017 with a convertible version.
Rumors about a LaFerrari convertible have been flying around since 2014, when we rendered the model based on the coupe version. Come 2016 and Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne finally confirmed that a drop-top model is in the works. In July 2016, Maranello unleashed the first official photos of the Laferrari Aperta, while the Paris Motor Show hosted to supercar’s public debut.
- year: 2017
- make: Ferrari
- Model: LaFerrari
- price: $ 3400000
- Engine: V12
- Horsepower @ RPM: 963
- Torque @ RPM: 663
- Displacement: 6.3 L
- 0-60 time: 3 sec.
- Top Speed: 217 mph
As expected, the Aperta is identical to the coupe below the waist and features the same aggressive lines that make the LaFerrari unique not only among other Ferraris, but modern supercars as well. As it is the case with convertibles, only a handful of features set the drop-top apart from its coupe sibling. Arguably the most important styling feature is the revised roof, which was redesigned to accommodate either a soft-top or a carbon-fiber hard-top. The latter is optional.
With the panel removed, the LaFerrari gains a different, sleeker appearance, mostly because the slightly bubbled roof that gives the standard LaFerrari Ferrari its Le Mans prototype-inspired look isn’t there. However, while the C-pillars sit a tad lower behind the seats, the engine hood is identical to the coupe’s. sporting the same V-shaped glass section. This is somewhat surprising, as most convertible Ferraris come with redesigned engine covers compared to their coupe sibling.
With the top up, be it both the soft- or hard-top, the Aperta is almost identical to the coupe when seen from the side. However, certain changes made to aerodynamics are visible upon closer inspection. These were made to ensure that, with the roof open and the side windows up, the drag figure is unaffected compared to that of the coupe.
Among the most notable modifications there’s a longer front dam and the lowered underbody surface around the longitudinal vortex generators. The new elements boost the ground effect and the car’s ability to generate efficient downforce. The new aero kit is completed by two small L-shaped flaps on the upper corners of the windscreen which, in the absence of a hard top, generate airflow that interacts with the flow being deflected towards the rear render, diverting it upwards to reduce the compression on the rear section of the cabin, thus reducing drag.
The removal of the roof also demanded a reconfiguration of the door rotation system. The Aperta has the same butterfly doors as the LaFerrari coupe, but when fully open, they sit at slightly different angle. This also led to modifications to the geometry of both the wheel arches and flanks and the addition of a carbon-fibre insert, which incorporates an aerodynamic vent, that allows the doors to rotate.
Inside, the Aperta mirrors the coupe as far as design and features go. Like its sibling, the drop-top sports a cabin that blends the already traditional Ferrari luxury with race-inspired elements. The same steering wheel with flat top and bottom sit in front of the three-piece, customizable instrument cluster, while the center console has the same clean design. Nearly every surface is wrapped in either soft Italian leather or Alcantara, with the dashboard, door panels, and seats featuring two-tone finishes in virtually endless combinations.
All these niceties are joined by impressive amounts of carbon-fiber. The lightweight material can be seen on the center console, steering wheel, door panels, and the floor, but Ferrari Ferrari also used it in the seats in order to save more weight. The removable roof will enable the driver to enjoy unlimited headroom and the enhanced roar of the V-12 powerplant.
Motivation comes from the same hybrid drivetrain that brings together a 6.3-liter V-12 and a HY-KERS unit that provides short bursts of extra power. The conventional engine cranks out 789 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, while the KERS unit adds 161 horses and 148 pound-feet for a total output of 950 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of twist.
The good news is that unlike other drop-tops, the Aperta matches the performance of the coupe, mainly thanks to the revised aerodynamics we discussed in the Exterior section.
Specifically the Aperta hits 60 mph from a standing start in the same "under three seconds" (tested by some at 2.8 ticks) and from 0 to 124 mph in 7.1 seconds. The top speed is rated at "over 217 mph," also identical to the coupe. Ferrari also claims that the Aperta delivers the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness characteristics, as well as dynamic performance levels.
Fuel consumption as if it matters when it comes to supercars should be similar to the coupe at 16 mpg on the highway, 12 mpg in the city, and 14 mpg combined. Ferrari claims that the LaFerrari emits 330 grams of carbon-dioxide per km. Despite having a lithium-ion battery and regenerative braking, the LaFerrari doesn’t have an official all-electric range. The supercar is known to operate on electric power only, but Ferrari, for some reason, didn’t release any specs.
While the engine and performance are identical to the coupe, the Aperta does feature a few revised drivetrain components. In order to manage the hot air flow from the radiators through the bonnet, the angle of inclination of the radiators was modified. They are now angled backwards to direct the air flows out along the underbody, a solution that results in complete separation of the hot air from the flow reaching the cockpit, keeping temperature levels for occupants comfortable.
Unlike the coupe, which was built in 499 units, the LaFerrari Aperta will hit the streets in very limited numbers. Initial rumors claimed that only 50 examples will be built, but an ad listed on German auto sales website Mobile.de says that the drop-top supercar will be limited to 70 examples. The Aperta will also be much more expensive, rumored to cost as much as two LaFerrari hard-tops. That’s about $3.4 million, which is a few Californias more than a Bugatti Chiron. However, the same ad posted on Mobile.de lists the vehicle at a whopping €5.1 million (about $5.83 million). Since we know nothing about the seller, we advise you take this information with a big grain of salt. Still, the Aperta will definitely be built in less than 100 units and its sticker should surpass the $3 million mark.