Ferrari SA Aperta: exclusive first drive
TopGear magazine goes supersonic in the perfect playboy hypercar
Posted: 19 Apr 2011
It's not meant to be a practical and everyday tool. The ‘emergency roof' takes fiddly minutes to fit, and even though it looks good and works well, isn't rated past 80mph. And although the boot is bigger than the 599's, it will probably never see serious use. Yes it sounds amazing even at low-range rpm and, yes, it looks suitably heart-stopping, but here in town it rides too well to possibly be fully committed and tootles too easily. In fact, it feels suspiciously unlike the 599 even though it has the 661bhp engine and drivetrain from the crackers GTO. After a bit, I'm relaxed in the knowledge that this car is a poseur's irrelevance, and my preconceptions are comfortingly sated.