At the Paris Motor Show Ferrari is presenting the SA APERTA, a strictly limited edition of just 80 cars, and the Ferrari California sporting the first application of the HELE (High Emotion Low Emissions) system which is designed to enhance driving pleasure whilst reducing environmental impact.
The SA APERTA celebrates Pininfarina’s 80th year of activity and pays homage Sergio and Andrea. The SA APERTA is a new concept: a completely open-top interpretation of the architectural philosophy of the 599. It is an authentic roadster and comes with just an emergency soft top designed for use only if the weather gets particularly bad.
The SA APERTA features a lowered windscreen which, combined with the fact that the ride height has also been reduced, makes the car lower and sleeker. In profile the A-post creates an arc that ends with two aerodynamic buttresses integrating the two roll hoops which follow the outline of the seats. Each individual detail of the SA APERTA, designed by Ferrari Centro Stile in collaboration with Pininfarina, has been chosen to highlight the craftsmanship involved in its creation, with the finest materials – such as leather, carbon-fibre and Alcantara – used throughout from the dashboard to the roomy boot.
The SA APERTA is powered by a V12 producing 670 CV at 8250 rpm and maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6500 rpm, while gear changes are effected in just 60 milliseconds. These figures translate into absolutely outstanding performance. Backing up the performance is a chassis that has been redesigned to guarantee the same structural rigidity of the berlinetta without adding weight.
Also on the stand is the Ferrari California equipped with the HELE system. In an urban driving cycle that realistically reproduces a clients’ use of the car, these solutions reduce emissions by 23 per cent compared to the 299 g/km announced at launch. Over the homologated combined cycle (ECE+EUDC) CO2 emissions are cut to a best-in-class 270 g/km. This is thanks to a finely tuned balance between energy demanded (vehicle efficiency) and the increase in energy generated (engine efficiency), a result achieved through the introduction of innovative solutions and the optimisation of numerous technological features.
HELE also incorporates the Stop&Start system designed specifically for sporty driving – intelligent engine fan and fuel pump control, electronically-controlled variable displacement air-conditioning technology and gear shifts that adapt to driving style. These solutions combine to reduce emissions and boost driving pleasure. The Stop&Start system restarts the car in just 230 milliseconds, guaranteeing maximum rapidity in getting underway again.
The Ferrari California thus seamlessly melds sportiness and versatility. The latter attribute, in fact, extends not only to its use, but also to the now even richer array of trim and personalisation options possible. As well as the 16 standard exterior colours in the range, clients can also opt for two-tone finishes or three-layer paint technology. Other options include an even wider choice of leather finishes, including water-repellent leather.
Along with the SA APERTA and the Ferrari California on the stand at Paris will be the 458 Italia and the 599 GTB Fiorano with the HGTE pack, as well as the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Formula 1 car that Alonso drove to victory in the last two Grands Prix.
SA APERTA Technical Specifications
Dimensions and Weight:Overall Length 4700 mm (185.0 in)
Overall width 1962 mm (77.2 in)
Height 1300 mm (51.2 in)
Wheelbase 2750 mm (108.3 in)
Front track 1680 mm (66.1 in)
Rear track 1640 mm (64.6 in)
Dry weight* 1595 kg (3516.4 lb)
Kerb weight* 1705 kg (3758.9 lb)
Weight distribution 47% fr – 53% r
Fuel tank capacity 105 l (27.7 US gal – 23.1 UK gal)
Boot capacity 350 l (12.4 cu ft)
Front 245/35 ZR20’’
Rear 305/35 ZR20’’’
Front 398 x 36 mm (15.7 x 1.4 in)
Rear 360 x 32 mm (14.2 x 1.3 in)
CST with F1-Trac system Control for stability and traction
TPTMS Tyres Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System
Type 65° V12
Bore and stroke 92.0 x 75.2 mm (3.62 x 2.96 in)
Unit displacement 499.9 cm3 (30.51 cu in)
Total displacement 5999 cm3 (366.08 cu in)
Compression ratio 11.9:1
Maximum power** 493 kW (670 CV) at 8250 rpm
Maximum torque** 620 Nm (63 kgm – 457 lbft) at 6500 rpm
Top speed 325 km/h (202 mph)
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.6 sec
F1, 6-speed + reverse
SCM Magnetorheological damping control
Combined ECE* 17.5 l/100 km
Combined ECE* 411 g/km
*European market version **Engine power is quoted in kW, in accordance with the International System of Units (SI) and in CV for reasons of homogeneity.