Ferrari has unveiled the Ferrari SA APERTA – the 599 Roadster – at Paris today. And our spies tell us Chris Evans is busy speccing one up in Modena at the moment.
Ferrari let us have info on the 599 Roadster which is the Ferrari SA APERTA last week, and today the very limited edition Ferrari has been rolled out to an appreciative audience at the Paris Motor Show.
The Ferrari SA APERTA has been built to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina, and the SA stands for Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina (the APERTA bit simply means ‘Open’). And the APERTA is very much the Roadster, paying only lip-service to any notion of enclosing the cabin.
All you have to cover the cabin if you get caught in the rain is the most elementary of covers; Ferrari intend this to be as real a Roadster as can be.
The SA APERTA gets a V12 producing 661bhp at 8250 rpm and maximum torque of 457lb/ft. Which could probably be described as at least adequate. In fact it’s much closer to GTO than GTB levels of performance. Coupled with a likely price tag of over £350k it could be considered a real Ferrari aficienados car, rather than just another trophy Ferrari.
And it looks as if one well-know UK Ferrari aficionado is busy speccing up one of the 80 SA APERTAs Ferrari are building as we speak. Those of you who listen to Radio 2 to wake up in the morning will know that our old mate Richard Madeley is busy standing in for Chris Evans (this story hasn’t come from Richard – and it wouldn’t be fair to run it by him) whilst Chris is off for a couple of weeks.
In fact Chris is in Modena speccing up a car and won’t let on which Ferrari he’s buying. But we reckon it has to be the SA APERTA. As far as we know the 599 GTO is a sell out and we really can’t see Chris messing around with anything else new from Ferrari just at the moment.
According to Chris he can’t let on what he’s ordered until Monday.
But our money’s on a white Ferrari SA APERTA.