The rumors of a roadster version of the Ferrari 599 have proven to be true, but only in a limited-production sort of way. Dubbing the vehicle a "special series" model," the Italian exoticar maker is officially unveiling its 2011 Ferrari SA Aperta in Paris to help commemorate the 80th anniversary of the design house Pininfarina. The "SA" portion of its name pays direct homage to family members Sergio and Andreas Pininfarina, who have been instrumental in creating many of the marques most breathtakingly beautiful and commercially successful road cars. Unfortunately, Ferrari will build only 80 of these SA Aperta cars, and that entire run is already pre-sold.
While sharing the Ferrari 599's basic mechanicals -- including the 661-horsepower/6.0-liter V12 engine from the hot 599 GTO, the SA Aperta does have its own unique structural and visual characteristics. Extensive and effective reinforcing measures reportedly have resulted in a vehicle that has nearly the same overall rigidity as its closed counterpart with a "negligible" weight penalty. Riding even closer to the ground than the 599 coupe, the SA Aperta also features a shorter windshield plus a pair of protective roll hoops that elegantly frame the seats and serve to anchor the aerodynamically contoured fins that extend back to mid deck.
Unlike the retractable steel lid on the Ferrari California, the SA Aperta's minimal alternative is "a light soft top designed to be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad." Given its decidedly exclusive status, Ferrari also notes that the SA Aperta's interior trimout will be suitably distinctive and offer an extensive range of unique personalization possibilities.