First images of the roofless hypercar dropped; debut set for Paris Motor Show in October

The first images of the much-anticipated, limited-run open-top LaFerrari have been revealed.

Information is scarce at the moment, but Ferrari has said that LaFerrari's carbonfibre tub chassis has undergone significant modification to retain as much of the coupe's rigidity as possible. The aerodynamics have been tweaked, too, to maintain the closed car's drag coefficient when the roof is off.

In which configuration, it looks much as you would expect a roofless LaFerrari to look. Absolutely stunning, in other words, albeit not radically different from the coupe as only the panel directly above the seats - between the header rail and rear roll hoop - comes off.

The real selling-point for the open LaFerrari, though - not that Ferrari has to sell them, as it has already sold out to a specially-selected few - is that going topless puts you directly in touch with one of the greatest engines ever made, a 6.2-litre, naturally-aspirated V12 that revs to the stratosphere and sings like the finest Italian tenors. And with no roof, you can enjoy it in surround sound.

That engine is, of course, teamed with a hybrid system. According to Ferrari, power and performance is unchanged over the coupe, so there's a total of 950 bhp and 663 lb/ft of torque on tap, enough for a 0-62 mph sprint of 2.9 seconds, 0-186 mph in 15 seconds and a top speed of 218 mph.

A public debut is scheduled to take place at the Paris Motor Show in October, when full specs and the name will be announced. Ferrari traditionally calls its open-toppers 'Spider', though has attached the 'Aperta' tag to F430 and 458 Scuderia drop-tops.

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