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LaFerrari Aperta: Showpiece of the Week

Plain old LaFerrari a little too common? Best set aside Β£5m for the drop top...

By Matt Bird / Monday, January 21, 2019

There is no such thing as an 'ordinary' V12 Ferrari, particularly among the mid-engined stuff. There probably isn't an ordinary Ferrari of any kind, really, though some are a little less special than others (feel free to nominate your own suggestions there). At the opposite end of the spectrum are those Ferraris that are quite a bit more special than the others, and there can't be many more special - particularly of the past 30 years or so - than the LaFerrari Aperta.

Only offered to LaFerrari customers, the Aperta was originally announced as a 200-car run at the Paris show in 2016. Eventually 210 were made, still making it rarer than the F40, F50, Enzo and the standard car. There are four times as many Porsche 918 Spyders out there.

Unlike other Ferrari Apertas, the LaFerrari promised to deliver the very best of both worlds i.e. a genuine Ferrari drop-top experience without losing any of the dynamic integrity. That hasn't happened with its roadsters typically, the extra weight dulling the excitement and the chassis strength never quite stacking up. The firm claimed with this car, though, identical aerodynamic and torsional rigidity, with a modest weight gain never disclosed.

It required a few tweaks to the body to achieve, but the Aperta was very much still a LaFerrari - same 800hp V12, same 163hp electric boost and same mind-warping performance potential. Small weight gains cease to become all that important when you've twice the power of a Mercedes C63.

Given the tiny production run, the status afforded to owners by having the hallowed pair and the Aperta's significance - could the next Ferrari hypercar be purely electric? - it's a surprise to find one for sale at all. Here it is though, menacing as you could want in black with black (and more black) and available to buy for £4.8m. Broadly in line with those others that can be found emerging on the prestigious auction sites.

It's an imported car, rather than one of the UK allocation, but that's hardly likely to stop any interested parties. After all, opportunities to buy any of the Ferrari hypercars are difficult to come by, leave alone those in even more exclusive production runs.

Hence the five million pound price tag. It's twice what LaFerrari's are offered at, though of course exceptional status is always bestowed on the open top special stuff - look at the discrepancy between 458 Speciale and Aperta. So only the staggeringly well-off need apply - but that's always been the case with the 'special' end of Ferrari's back catalogue...

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