Following reports of a private viewing in Pebble Beach earlier this month, Ferrari has revealed first photos and details of the SA APERTA, a drop-top version of the 599.

Following reports of a private viewing in Pebble Beach earlier this month, Ferrari has revealed first photos and details of the SA APERTA, a drop-top version of the 599.  Production is limited to only 80 units all of which have been pre-sold.

The significance of the 80 units pays tribute to styling firm and long time Ferrari partner, Pininfarina, for their 80th anniversary.  The SA nomenclature also pays tribute to both Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.

Described as a true roadster, a removable soft top design is used which Ferrari describes should "be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad."  Other body alterations include a lower-angled windscreen, integrated roll-bars flanked by aerodynamic fins and a lowered suspension.

The chassis has been stiffened to compensate for the absence of the roof, however, Ferrari states that any added weight brought on by the re-engineering of the chassis is negligible.

The SA Aperta is equipped with the familiar 6.0-liter V12 producing 670 PS (493 kW / 661 bhp), same as the recently announced 599 GTO, the road-going version of the 599XX track car.

The SA Aperta makes its public debut in Paris next week.

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