The Ferrari LaFerrari made its first public appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, taking center stage in spite of massive competition from the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Veneno. Not only the fastest road-legalsupercar to come out of Maranello, the LaFerrari is also the first Ferrari to carry a hybrid powertrain. Developed as a successor to the almighty Enzo and the F50, the LaFerrari is the first Ferrari not to be designed byPininfarina since 1973.
Built in just 499 units and priced from $1.7 million, the LaFerrari became an instant hit with deep-pocketed enthusiasts, who rushed to pay the hefty sticker and help Ferrari close order books in a matter of months. Although both the standard supercar and the highly exclusive, track-only FXX K are already sold out, the LeFerrari saga is set to continue with a convertibleversion.
Rumors about a LaFerrari Spider have been flying around since 2014, when we rendered the model based on the coupe version. Come 2016 and Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne finally confirmed that the Spider is in the works.
Spider Or Aperta?
While we do know how the new LaFerrari will look like and what drivetrain will get its juice from, its official name is still a mystery. Although common sense suggests that it will be called the LaFerrari Spider, Maranello might go with the Aperta name.
That’s the news from British magazine Autocar, quoting “reports” and the fact that the LaFerrari images on the Ferrari website have the “Aperta” moniker in their file names. Should this be confirmed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and the LaFerrari will become the third model to use the Aperta name. Previous Ferraris to sport the same badge were the limited edition 458 Speciale Aperta and one-off 599 SA Aperta.
As expected, the Spider is identical to the coupe below the waist and feature the same aggressive lines that make the LaFerrari unique not only among other Ferraris, but modern supercars as well. As seen in our rendering, only a handful of features set the drop-top apart from its coupe sibling. Arguably the most important styling feature is the revised roof, which was redesigned to accommodate a removable panel, likely made from carbon-fiber.
With the panel removed, the LaFerrari gains a different, sleeker appearance, mostly because the slightly bubbled roof that gives the standard LaFerrari its Le Mans prototype-inspired look isn’t there. However, while the C-pillars sit a tad lower behind the seats, the engine hood appears identical to the coupe’s. sporting the save V-shaped glass section.
With the top up, the Spider is almost identical to the coupe when seen from the sides. The revised rear window and engine hood are visible around back, but there are no huge modifications as Ferrari wanted to keep LaFerrari design as close to the original as possible.
Inside, the Spider will mirror the coupe as far as design and features go. Like the coupe, the drop-top will have a cabin that blends the already traditional Ferrari luxury with race-inspired elements. The same steering with flat top and bottom will sit in front of the three-piece, customizable instrument cluster, while the center console will have the same clean design. Nearly every surface will be wrapped in either soft Italian leather or Alcantara, with the dashboard, door panels, and seats featuring two-tone finishes in virtually endless combinations.
All these niceties are joined by impressive amounts of carbon-fiber. The lightweight material can be seen on the center console, steering wheel, door panels, and the floor, but Ferrari also used it in the seats in order to save more weight. The missing roof will enable the driver to enjoy unlimited headroom and the enhanced roar of the V-12 powerplant.
Motivation will come from the same hybrid drivetrain that brings together a 6.3-liter V-12 and a HY-KERN unit that provides short bursts of extra power. The conventional engine will crank out 789 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, while the KERS unit will add 161 horses and 148 pound-feet for a total output of 950 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of twist.
In this exact specification, the LaFerrari needs around 2.8 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start on its way up to a top speed of 217 mph. Due to the slightly altered aerodynamics that come with a convertible body style, the Spider will most likely be slower and reach 60 mph in about three ticks. Also, top speed will probably decrease below the 210-mph mark. Charging from 0 to 124 mph and 186 mph should take around seven and 15 seconds, respectively. Furthermore, we expect the drop-top to need more than the LaFerrari’s 1:19.70 minutes to lap the Fiorano test track.
Fuel consumption — as if it matters when it comes to supercars — should be similar to the coupe at 16 mpg on the highway, 12 mpg in the city, and 14 mpg combined. Ferrari claims that the LaFerrari emits 330 grams of carbon-dioxide per km. Despite having a lithium-ion battery and regenerative braking, the LaFerrari doesn’t have an official all-electric range. The supercar is known to operate on electric power only, but Ferrari for some reason didn’t release any specs.
Unlike the coupe, which was built in 499 units, the LaFerrari Spider will hit the streets in very limited numbers. Initial rumors claimed that only 50 examples will be built, but an ad listed on German auto sales website Mobile.de says that the drop-top supercar will be limited to 70 examples. The Spider will also be much more expensive, rumored to cost as much as two LaFerrari hard-tops. That’s about $3.4 million, which is a few Californias more than a Bugatti Chiron. However, the same ad posted on Mobile.de lists the vehicle at a whopping €5.1 million . Since we know nothing about the seller, we advise you take this information with a big grain of salt. Still, the Spider will definitely be built in less than 100 units and its sticker should surpass the $3 million mark.