The rumor-machine is on overdrive today, since rumors are rampant that Ferrari is actually planning a LaFerrari Spider. Ferrari already told Top Gear that there would need to be a big technological evolution for a followup to the LaFerrari, apparently we can’t rule out a convertible Spider.
The key rumor is that Maranello is considering a limited-run of LaFerrari Spiders. This particular rumor got started by the picture below:
Photographer D. Benoit posted a picture on Facebook showing a limited-edition type invite box, that seems to show a LaFerrari Spider drawn over the top of of the lid. Benoit is an auto-photographer who flat out states that “Ferrari is bringing out LaFerrari Spider!”
The box implies that Benoit has been invited to a special event, where perhaps this announcement will be made. Ferrari chairman, Sergio Marchionne has referred to the company doing “something special”, for Ferrari’s 70th birthday in 2017. Could this be the car that will mark Ferrari’s 70th? Not necessarily. The car could actual debut as early as the Ferrari Cavalcade in June 2016, leaving some other supercar as the 70th birthday present.
A convertible could look similar to this rendering by a third-party:
Ferrari told TopGear.com that it could neither confirm nor deny the speculation, saying that the company “does not discuss speculation about future models.” Of course speculation about LaFerrari Spider is probably good for the company’s image, even if it never comes to fruition. If the excitement by random people on the internet is any indication, the idea of a convertible Spider is exciting indeed.
In order to make a LaFerrari Spider that lets you feel the wind in your hair, Ferrari would use the carbon structure of its hypercar to help the stiffness quotient. The electrically-boosted V12 and its full roaring 950bhp would produce an earth-shattering roar that would be fairly spectacular to experience.
Motor1 indicates that the Spider would be limited to about 150-200 cars and that Ferrari owners have already purchased all of them. The coupe was originally limited to 499 units. According to Motor1, there will be a steep markup from the $1.4 million price tag for the Spider. The LeFerrari Coupe priced out at $1.69 million.
If it comes to pass, there is currently no word on which roof configuration LaFerrari Spider will use. If it relies on the hybrid powertrain, as we expect it would, then the 950bhp would be accompanied by 900 Nm (664lb-ft) of torque. That’s enough to produce 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, with a max speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). The coupe weighs 2,766 pounds (1,255 kilograms), so expect the Spider to be just a tad heavier.
The hypercar would have competition in the topless category from the Porsche 918 Spyder.