The very rare Ferrari 599 open top version, the SA Aperta just got the option of being even harder to spot on the street and this option didn’t come from the Italians.
It is actually the Germans behind tuning firm Novitec Rosso who’ve really pushed the limits of what’s technically possible with the special prancing horse.
Some of the appeal of this tuned Ferrari went away with the German tuner’s decision to paint it black. That appeal was no replaced by terror and fear as this is one sinister Ferrari.
The actual body of the Ferrari SA Aperta has been left untouched, but the new dark paint and the forged extreme lightweight black wheels are the intro to a different kind of story.
The Novitec Rosso Ferrari SA Aperta may be a convertible, but it’s certainly isn’t a boulevard cruiser of any sort. This is mostly because of what’s going on under the bonnet.
When the SA Aperta leaves the factory, Ferrari fits a 6.0 liter, 670 horsepower V12 under there, together with 458 lb-ft of torque.
Once Novitec Rosso have had their fun, that same 6.0 liter V12 engine pushes 888 horsepower and 636 lb-ft of torque towards the rear wheels, making for some stunning performance.
0 to 62 mph comes up in no more than 3.1 seconds and at the top end there’s 211 mph visible on the speedometer.
As a desperate attempt to keep everything in a straight line where possible, Novitec Rosso lowers the suspension by an inch (considering this isn’t a Range Rover we’re talking about) and specifies Pirelli PZero tires.