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Paris Motor Show: Ferrari SA Aperta

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Rumours have been flying around about the Ferrari 599 convertible for a while, and the Prancing Horse finally showcased the car at the Paris Motor Show. The car is called the SA Aperta -  in honour of Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina. Only 80 cars will be manufactured, all of which have already been sold out.

The SA Aperta is a true blue roadster, that comes with a light fabric top that can be used in case the weather really does get bad. The windscreen is low slung and the car is closer to the ground than any other Ferrari so far - factors which give it a sleek, aerodynamic look.

The chassis has been redesigned to deliver a standard of stiffness comparable to that of a closed berlinetta and there is a negligible weight difference also, thanks to work done on the chassis structure.

Under the hood, of course, lies a Ferrari V12 engine. It produces 660 bhp, borrowed from the 599 GTO and is enough to keep the car a notch ahead of its smaller cousin, the 458 Italia that has been lapping Fiorano at a furious pace.

The last time Ferrari did a convertible in this class was with the 550M Maranello, nearly a decade ago. This, will hopefully mark a near end to a great chapter in the 599's small, but chequered history.