New 599 open-top will feature an "emotional, romantic" name like "Italia or Fiorano".
Ferrari will be unveiling an open-top 599 model this summer.
In an interview with AutoCar magazine, Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo described the model as a roadster and said that it will be sold as a limited series. According to di Montezemolo, the open-top 599 will come with its own name - something "emotional, romantic" like "Italia or Fiorano". He also said the model would not be put on display at a traditional motor show but will instead be made available for prospective buyers in private viewings at the automaker's headquarters in Maranello, Italy.
Ferrari likely is looking to keep a V12-powered open-top model in its range, to follow the previous 575 Superamerica. The current 599 GTB Fiorano comes with a 6.0 liter V12 with 620 PS (456 kW / 612 bhp) and 607 Nm (448 lb-ft) of torque. The 0 to 100km/h sprint clocks in at 3.7 seconds.
An open-top version will likely be substantially heavier and Ferrari may feel the need to bump up the horsepower as well as reduce weight to compensate for the gain. A convenient donor could come from the recently revealed 599 GTO with its 670 PS (493 kW / 661 bhp) and 619 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. The 0 to 100km/h sprint clocks in at 3.35 seconds and the model weighs 1495 kg (3295 lbs) compared to the GTB's 1690 kg (3726 lbs).
The new open-top 599 will debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August.