Ferrari SA Aperta: exclusive first drive
TopGear magazine goes supersonic in the perfect playboy hypercar
Posted: 19 Apr 2011
So we wind out and through the tight little villages and away from the oppressive attention of the seaside, wincing and sucking in tight little breaths as we round blind corners on half-width roads, listening for the last-minute warning toots of oncoming lorries and coaches. Eventually the houses peter out, the road wiggles a couple of times and opens. Convinced the Aperta is more about shout and show than grip and go, I flick the manettino from Sport to Race, drop a couple of gears and firmly snap the throttle pedal to the stop like a proper driver might. In the brief milliseconds it takes the gearbox to flicker between ratios, I genuinely believe that I hear the sound of a very large engine taking a very large breath. It is the automotive equivalent of hearing the pin tinkle out of a grenade.
And then God punches me in the forehead.