First images of Ferrari’s special LaFerrari Spider

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Ferrari Aperta

Ferrari has shown the first pictures of its open-top LaFerrari, which will debut at the Paris Motor Show in September before going on sale in 2017.

Few technical details are currently being released of the spider, though it will use the same chassis and powertrain as the LaFerrari coupe, a limited edition model powered by a V12 hybrid engine of 950bhp. Ferrari is not even currently confirming the topless version’s name.

What is confirmed, however, is that the car will not be a full cabriolet with the weight penalty of a roof-folding mechanism. Instead it will be supplied with a removable hard top in carbon fibre, and a similarly removable soft top.

Ferrari adds that significant and extensive modifications have been made to the chassis with the aim of retaining the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the coupe version.

LaFerrari Spider 02The car’s aerodynamics have also been modified to guarantee the same drag coefficient as the coupe when driving with the roof removed.

The price tag of the car is likely to exceed the £1 million-plus cost of the coupe – some reports have suggested examples being offered for £2.8m plus taxes. But this is of little consequence as Ferrari says the entire planned production run – the number of which is yet to be revealed – has already been sold following a preview event to potential clients.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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