Ferrari SA Aperta: exclusive first drive
TopGear magazine goes supersonic in the perfect playboy hypercar
Posted: 19 Apr 2011
It is based on the Ferrari 599 GTB, but without a roof, with bespoke bodywork and the 661bhp V12 motor, gearbox and drivetrain from the rabid 599 GTO. Oh, and a 12-into-two exhaust system virtually identical to the one fitted to the 599XX racing car. Which does not bode well for onlookers of a nervous disposition. And the Aperta - like that 599XX - is a car not so much ephemeral as extinct; all 80 examples sold before production started, even at the stiff asking price of £360k. TopGear is the only magazine in the world to drive it. A fact that perches in the forefront of your mind during urban Italian driving, where medieval streets meet lazy traffic enforcement. Streets where everyone is looking. And smiling. And pointing. I'm not surprised.