Ferrari SA Aperta: exclusive first drive
TopGear magazine goes supersonic in the perfect playboy hypercar
Posted: 19 Apr 2011
It's like using a running F1-car's exhaust as an ear-trumpet, an amplified dentist's drill that winds through the revs as if the bottom of the needle on the rev-counter has suddenly become a lead weight. Peak power arrives at 8,250. Peak torque at 6,500. And although I've driven faster cars, I've never, ever driven anything that sounds like this. So loud it actually hurts. I giggle childishly and wonder how the hell I'm going to write anything that even vaguely resembles this experience. And the truth is, I can only tell you that this is the loudest, most insane noise I've ever heard from a car this side of Le Mans or an F1 pitlane. There's a new bespoke stereo in the Aperta. I never even thought to switch it on.