Ferrari has revealed an exclusive model, called the F60 America, to celebrate its 60th year in North America. The company says, the car, an open-topped version of the F12 Berlinetta, "combines our American client's two great passions – the V12 engine and open-top driving."
Only ten of the new F60 Americas will be produced, paying homage to the likes of the 10-strong production run of the 1967 275 GTS4 NART Spider that was commissioned exclusively for America.
Besides the deletion of the roof, the cosmetic changes to the F12 Berlinetta, on which the car is based, are myriad. The nose, wings and doors have all been restyled, while the distinctive 'aero bridge' found on the tail of the F12 has been removed.
The exterior is finished in North American Racing Team livery, and special 60th anniversary prancing horse badges adorn the wheelarches. The two roll hoops are trimmed in leather and backed with carbonfibre-trimmed flying buttresses, which stretch to the rear of the car.
Inside the F60 America, the driver's side is finished in red, and the passenger side in black – a reputed nod to the historic Ferrari competition cars. The seats also feature stylised American flags, while design cues from the LaFerrari and 458 Speciale – such as the blade-like gear selection panel – have been adopted. A light fabric top is supplied, which closes the cabin.
Power comes from the same 6.3-litre V12 used in the F12, which produces 731bhp, and power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A 0-100kph time of just 3.1sec is claimed, the same as the F12 Berlinetta.
The new car will be publicly unveiled at an anniversary celebration at the Beverly Hills City Hall on October 11. Ferrari has also previously displayed a bespoke roofless F12 Berlinetta, called the F12 TRS.
First Published: Oct 16, 2014 11:14 IST