Ferrari SA Aperta: exclusive first drive
TopGear magazine goes supersonic in the perfect playboy hypercar
Posted: 19 Apr 2011
It handles too, neatly forcing me to eat my metaphorical hat, though not quite as fearsomely as the noise would suggest. It feels more elastic than a pure road racer, even though it's lower and the spring rates have been increased significantly over a 599. The rear anti-rollbar is thicker, the centre of gravity is 10mm lower and the ‘SCM' magnetic dampers have been recalibrated, but the Aperta still manages to incorporate lumps rather than bounce, leaving you to enjoy going fast rather than worry about hitting a mid-corner pimple and launching off into the arms of the local A&E. It's a usable and friendly set-up, even though both roll and pitch are bridled more tightly than the 599. You could probably screw a few more tenths of a second around a track out of it by making it harder, but the fact is that on the road it works with you, the compromises made to give you a chance at duality.