RE: Ferrari 599 SA Aperta: Showpiece of the Week

RE: Ferrari 599 SA Aperta: Showpiece of the Week

Monday 3rd June

Ferrari 599 SA Aperta | Showpiece of the Week

Maranello laid down the gauntlet with the SF90 last week - but special, scintillating cars are what it does...



Yes, Porschtonheads has been a little Ferrari heavy these past few days, but with the unveiling of the marque's most powerful ever production road car, can you really blame us? At first glance the 599 SA Aperta may appear to reside at the opposite end of the spectrum to the mid-engined madness of the new SF90; a V12 convertible gran tourer, more suited to wending its way down the Italian coast than thrashing around a track.

But the car has one or two tricks up its unassuming sleeve, sufficient for Top Gear to describe it as "one of the most exciting cars in the world" when they drove it in 2011.


Foremost amongst these is the 670hp, 457lb ft engine from the 599 GTO, a unit which itself was derived from the powerplant found inside the track-only 599XX. With an 8,400rpm red line, the 6.0-litre V12 not only propels the SA Aperta from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of over 200mph, but also emits the kind of melodic howl which even 1,000hp-worth of hybrid V8 can't hope to match.

To cope with all that added power the Aperta also received the GTO's gearbox. Similarly descended from the 599XX, it was capable of 60 millisecond shift times and complimented in its more focussed attitude by re-calibrated magnetic dampers, a 10mm decrease in ride height and a thicker rear anti-roll bar.


Aesthetically, the SA Aperta may not be as in your face as the GTO it borrowed so heavily from, but fittingly for a car named after Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina, did have several telling performance-orientated design differences. New front and rear bumpers housed larger cooling ducts and the rake of the windscreen was slightly increased to more easily meet the removable soft top - though our Showpiece is fitted with the optional carbon fibre lid. Meanwhile, the C-Pillars were crafted from carbon fibre and the boot-lid was replaced with an aluminium item to save weight. Finally unique five-spoke wheels were added, completing the package.

Only 80 were produced worldwide, with just 10 per cent of those being RHD examples, making our Showpiece a very rare find indeed. Just as the 575 Superamerica is held in high esteem by enthisasts, then, so the limited-run SA Aperta followed suit; although with that car being relatively common compared to this, there is a slight discrepancy in value. The price to feel the wind in your hair from behind the wheel of this prancing horse? A cool £1.4 million.

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sidesauce

Original Poster:

942 posts

160 months

Monday 3rd June
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Ooof.

This is the car with the one-piece roof right? Lovely lovely thing.

Vee12V

789 posts

102 months

Monday 3rd June
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Great car, terrible spec. I think that sums it up nicely.

sleepera6

4,665 posts

39 months

Monday 3rd June
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Am I the only one who wasn’t at all interested by the 599?

moneymakestheworldgoaround

3,842 posts

117 months

Monday 3rd June
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"80" hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

Gandahar

6,576 posts

70 months

Monday 3rd June
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Completely over priced.

The problem with the 599 is that the F12 is so much better. Which is fine if the 599 is not priced as this one is.
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Supersaloons

45 posts

67 months

Monday 3rd June
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finally drove the 599 (HGTE) last week, it was on my wishlist for so long but the F1 gearbox made me hesitate. Now I know I never ever have to look at the classifieds again because what a stbox it is. This F1 box must be the dummest idea ever.... manual or double clutch only for these kind of cars.

TIGA84

4,820 posts

173 months

Monday 3rd June
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moneymakestheworldgoaround said:
"80" hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe
How many did the build then?

I'm pretty sure there was only 8 RHD ones......

Greg the Fish

574 posts

8 months

Monday 3rd June
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TIGA84 said:
How many did the build then?

I'm pretty sure there was only 8 RHD ones......
Only 80 examples were produced, honoring the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina and all were sold before the car was unveiled to the public.[22]

TIGA84

4,820 posts

173 months

Monday 3rd June
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Greg the Fish said:
TIGA84 said:
How many did the build then?

I'm pretty sure there was only 8 RHD ones......
Only 80 examples were produced, honoring the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina and all were sold before the car was unveiled to the public.[22]
That's what I thought - hence the questioning of the excess of smilies.

moneymakestheworldgoaround

3,842 posts

117 months

Monday 3rd June
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Try more like 140... I’ve also seen more than 8 RHD cars personally.

Arsecati

218 posts

59 months

Tuesday 4th June
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Knock the '1' off the front of the price, and I'd still think it was over-priced. I guess it's worth that to someone though, so good luck to them!

smithyithy

4,378 posts

60 months

Tuesday 4th June
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It'd look much better with that rear diffuser area painted black like the roof, or in gloss carbon fibre.

myhandle

880 posts

116 months

Tuesday 4th June
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Supersaloons said:
finally drove the 599 (HGTE) last week, it was on my wishlist for so long but the F1 gearbox made me hesitate. Now I know I never ever have to look at the classifieds again because what a stbox it is. This F1 box must be the dummest idea ever.... manual or double clutch only for these kind of cars.
Really, I find that surprising. Don’t ever use auto mode and don’t go into multi-storey car parks and it’s fine . You just to move away smoothly as at very low speeds the accelerator is also effectively the clutch pedal. Same applies for the Enzo, and those never attract this criticism.