Saturday, October 11, 2014
Ferrari celebrates its U.S. anniversary with exclusive F60America
If you happen to be cruising through Beverly Hills today, you might notice an abundance of Italian espresso drinkers with red squares tucked neatly into the pockets of their custom pin-stripped suits. Despite appearances, these won't be ordinary Italians.
These ones are from Maranello, and they're here to celebrate 60 years of selling cars to Americans by unveiling something special: The Ferrari F60America.
At its heart the F60 is an F12 Berlinetta. It arrives with the same 6.3-liter screaming V-12, produces the same 731 hp and 509 lb.-ft. of torque, and power is routed to the rear wheels via the same 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The F60America even sprints to 62 mph in the same 3.1 seconds.
What isn't the same is the roof -- or lack thereof. Replacing the F12's hardtop is a light fabric roof that remains usable up to 80 mph. Should you want to go faster than that, then it better not be raining and you should probably leave the toupee at home.
Beyond the cloth-top, a myriad of aesthetic tweaks are evident, such as extra hood scoops, gaping side strakes and larger winglets. The "aero bridge" from the tail of the F12 is also gone to smooth out airflow, and the roll hoops are festooned in leather with carbon fiber "butresses" stretching out back. The F60 is painted in a classic North American Racing Team livery with distinct 60th anniversary prancing horse badging showcasing its uniqueness.
How unique? Only ten F60Americas will be made, all of which are spoken for. This pays homage to the ten 1967 275 GTS4 NART Spiders that were built for importer Luigi Chinetti and his crop of U.S. open-air enthusiasts he called clients.
How much today's buyers will pay for the privilege of owning a special edition Ferrari is not known, but reports suggest they will go for $2.5 million apiece. That's a lot of coin for a roofless F12, but hey, if you've got it, why not spend it on something fast, loud and very Italian?