LaFerrari Spider Incoming

After 499 units were manufactured between 2013 and 2015, Ferrari isn’t ready to bid farewell to the LaFerrari. Take a look at the car printed on the carbon fiber gift box in the featured photograph. Ferrari handed it at a private event and yes, that’s the evidence we’ve been waiting for to confirm that the LaFerrari Spider is slated to debut by year’s end.
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Photo: Automotive Passion (D. Benoit) on Facebook
Countless rumors later, the photograph uploaded on Facebook by Automotive Passion (D. Benoit) shows the shape of things to come. The open-top LaFerrari is expected to make its debut this summer, but no later than the 2016 Paris Motor Show, which is slated for October 1. The price should be in excess of that of the fixed-head LaFerrari. More specifically, don’t expect to pay anything less than 1.5 million big ones.

The pricing isn’t all that preposterous considering that second-hand LaFerrari coupes are selling for $5 million these days. There is no information available regarding production numbers, but there’s no denying the LaFerrari Spider will be made in limited numbers. 499 examples of the breed seem unlikely, though, because the Spider needs better bragging rights than the fixed-head LaFerrari hybrid hypercar.

As for the roof, the LaFerrari Spider is rumored to come with a removable hard top because a folding mechanism would add too much weight and a soft top would get in the way of this baby’s top speed. 220 mph (354 km/h) should be doable with the top in place. The LaFerrari Spider will use a 6.3-liter V12, an electric motor, and a kinetic energy recovery system along with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The combined output of this Formula 1-inspired powertrain? 963 PS (708 kW or 950 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft). I know this is a hybrid powertrain, but the LaFerrari Spider won’t be able to run on electricity alone. Just like in the case of the standard LaFerrari, the battery attached to the floor of the chassis will send electricity to the electric motor only to enhance the acceleration of the Ferrari LaFerrari Spider.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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