Right now, the only way to add a Ferrari LaFerrari to your collection is to shop for a used one. Production of the gasoline-electric supercar was strictly limited to just 499 examples, and all of them were spoken for over two years ago. Buyers who missed out are in luck, however, because Ferrari is preparing to unleash the long-awaited topless LaFerrari.
Tentatively called LaFerrari Spider, Ferrari’s next convertible was recently shown to a small, carefully selected group of customers during a private event. The lucky few who got to see the car are keeping their lips sealed, so it’s too early to tell whether the Spider uses a removable hard top — like the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster — or a more conventional cloth soft top. We’ll know for sure when the Spider makes its official debut, which could be as early as next month.
It doesn’t sound like Ferrari will make any major mechanical modifications to the Spider. That means it will arrive with a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain made up of a 789-horsepower 6.3-liter V12 engine capable of revving to 9,350 rpm, and a 120-kilowatt electric motor. Together, the two power sources will generate a jaw-dropping 949 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The Spider will be a little slower to 60 mph than the hardtop model (pictured) because it will be heavier, but it’ll still be capable of reaching 60 mph from a stop in less than three seconds.
Meanwhile, Prancing Horse fans who are waiting for the Dino V6, the firm’s oft-rumored entry-level model, will need to be patient. While the car hasn’t been completely ruled out yet, newly appointed company CEO Sergio Marchionne pointed out that there are still a lot of questions to answer before it’s given the proverbial green light for production. Notably, executives are looking into where it should be positioned, how much it should cost, and how many components it should share with the model that will replace the 488 GTB.
The Dino isn’t expected to arrive until the 2019 model year at the earliest, meaning its official debut is at least two years away. Ferrari has plenty of time to add up the pros and cons and decide if expanding its lineup down-market is the right thing to do.
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