LaFerrari Aperta: Ferrari's 70th birthday present
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Big Boys Toys has a long history of showcasing some of the world’s finest supercars, and this year the organisers have secured one of the most exclusive cars to be produced in recent times — the LaFerrari Aperta.
Built to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the LaFerrari Aperta is a special limited-edition run, open-top hybrid supercar based on the LaFerrari coupe, which debuted in 2013.
LaFerrari literally means “The Ferrari”, or in some Latin-derived Romance languages the “definitive” Ferrari. Aperta means “open”.
The Aperta was limited to a production run of 209 units, with 200 available to Ferrari collectors, and the remaining nine auctioned for charity. This makes it far more exclusive than the 500 Coupe versions produced.
LaFerrari Aperta maintains the LaFerrari’s powertrain but it has more efficient electronics, re-angled radiators and different butterfly doors and wheel arches.
The 6.3-litre V-12, in conjunction with the hybrid powertrain, delivers 708kW (950hp) of power and 900Nm to torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual clutch gearbox.
The removable top adds some weight to the supercar, but the Aperta still can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in less than three seconds, 0 to 200 in 7.1 seconds, and has a top speed over 350 km/h .
The LaFerrari Aperta is extremely hard to purchase, the world’s most recognisable exotic carmaker having mastered the art of exclusivity. US multimillionaire watch and jewellery entrepreneur David Lee discovered this when he tried to purchase an Aperta.
He bought four new Ferraris, hoping to improve his chances of getting on the exclusive list of car collectors chosen to be able buy one of the limited-run LaFerrari convertibles.
But Ferrari turned him down.
Ferrari ask owners not to sell their limited-edition supercars for at least 18 months to ensure that only the most passionate of collectors get them, not people out to turn a quick profit.
It is not known who owns the Aperta that will be on display at Big Boys Toys, but we do know it is black, rather than the traditional Ferrari red.
See it for yourself at Big Boys Toys which starts on Friday, November 10, and continues until Sunday November 12, at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland.