LaFerrari Aperta confirmed - open-top hypercar unveiled in Paris

Ferrari launches open-top hypercar as well as limited run special edition cars for 2017

The LaFerrari Aperta has been announced at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The car, which features either a soft top or optional carbon-fibre hard top, matches the standard LaFerrari almost exactly for performance.

Ferrari claims it has the same torsional rigidty, top speed and thanks to clever aero work, takes no penalty to its drag coefficient despite the open-top.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

0-62mph takes less than three seconds and the LaFerrari's sensational V12 hybrid powertrain remains unchanged. That means a 6262cc V12 with its impressive 13.5:1 compression ratio mated to a 120 kW electric motor. Ferrari says it has tweaked the setup based on lessons learned with the standard LaFerrari to help increase its overall efficiency.

The LaFerrari's inconel equal-lenghty 6 into 1 exhaust system also remains, although Ferrari does say it has be tuned to make it sound even better, a bonus given the fact the car is now open-top.

>Read our LaFerrari review

Styling actually remains relatively unchanged from the standard road car, with its clever carbon-fibre tub meaning strength remained despite making changes for the open-top roof. Ferrari calls its a carbon-fibre 'flying bridge' which incorporates the roof system into the main body of the car. Also included is an aerodynamic wind stop aimed at reducing wind noise.

The chassis did have to be reinforced in its lower section, while the butterfly doors found in the LaFerrari now open at a slightly different angle due to safety necessities. Those doors also feature a carbon-fibre insert so they can rotate, which helps differentiate the Aperta from the standard car.

The modifications and changes do give the Aperta a weight penalty over the normal car, although exactly how much hasn't been confirmed.

We will have more details on the LaFerrari Spider as and when they're announced.

Recommended

McLaren High Performance Hybrid range detailed, led by a 570S successor
McLaren

McLaren High Performance Hybrid range detailed, led by a 570S successor

6 Oct 2020
McLaren 765LT 2020 review – latest Long Tail returns to reset the status quo
McLaren

McLaren 765LT 2020 review – latest Long Tail returns to reset the status quo

29 Sep 2020
Ferrari Omologata revealed – latest bespoke commission a V12 super coupe
Ferrari

Ferrari Omologata revealed – latest bespoke commission a V12 super coupe

25 Sep 2020
Five McLaren Senna GTR LMs in Le Mans liveries revealed
McLaren Senna

Five McLaren Senna GTR LMs in Le Mans liveries revealed

18 Sep 2020

Most Popular

Hyundai i20 N revealed – 200bhp supermini ready for some Ford Fiesta ST baiting
Hyundai i20 hatchback

Hyundai i20 N revealed – 200bhp supermini ready for some Ford Fiesta ST baiting

Long-awaited second N division model set to shake up the junior hot hatch establishment
20 Oct 2020
£153,000 ​Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA enters final stages of development
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

£153,000 ​Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA enters final stages of development

Alfa Romeo has put its F1 drivers behind the wheel of the Giulia GTA and GTAm ahead of production in 2021
20 Oct 2020
SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car
News

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car

Over a decade after SSC last entered the record books, its Tuatara has claimed the title of world’s fastest production car
19 Oct 2020
Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 test mule fires up on video for first time
News

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 test mule fires up on video for first time

A development car for Gordon Murray’s T.50 supercar has been shown firing up on video
19 Oct 2020