Ferrari SA Aperta: exclusive first drive
TopGear magazine goes supersonic in the perfect playboy hypercar
Posted: 19 Apr 2011
Obviously the roof's gone, but the flying buttresses haven't, replaced by composite efforts in a matt silver finish that complements the cut-down and strengthened windscreen. The front grille is new, as is the entire front bumper, and there's a new design for the sill covers wrought in carbon fibre. The bootlid is aluminium, heavy on the curvy superforming, and the rear end has a custom bumper housing a contrast-effect venturi also in silver, with ‘chrome shadow' 20-inch five-spoke Ferrari rims, a redesigned interior and new and fantastic sports seats completing the package. It should, in all honesty, look like a bit of a dog's dinner. It doesn't. It looks bloody amazing. And even below 2,000rpm, it makes the kind of noise that draws the attention like the ball at a tennis match. At one point, I started the car some 30 yards from a seaside café, and 60 heads all snapped round in unison. Subtle? Not very.