Ferrari will be showing the 599 Roadster at next week’s Paris Auto Show, but you’re already too late to buy one. The car, actually called the SA Aperta, will be built in a production run of just 80 vehicles to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina, and all 80 have been spoken for. As Carscoop tells us, even the name is a tribute to Pininfarina, with the SA honoring Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina (Aperta, on the other hand, is just Italian for “open”).
The SA Aperta comes with a soft top, but Ferrari wants you to use the top in “particularly bad” weather only. In other words, the car is best enjoyed on sunny days with little chance for precipitation. Since the SA Aperta packs the same 6.0 liter V12 motor as the 599 GTO, that’s probably sound advice. Even with traction and stability control, 670 horsepower can be a handful in the rain, especially after a few glasses of chianti.
Details on performance and pricing will be forthcoming next week, but it’s kind of a moot point if you can’t actually buy the car. It’s safe to assume the SA Aperta will be really, really fast and really, really expensive, and I just hope the 80 lucky buyers will drive the car as Maranello intended. A car like the SA Aperta deserves better than a hermetically sealed existence in some collector’s garage.