Born of a racing history and initially only building road cars to fund its racing programs, Ferrari has always stood for fast, rare, and exclusive supercars that push the limits of engineering and bring unique track technology to the road. The line of Ferrari convertibles extends these thrills to an open-top format. All Ferrari roadster and convertible models are styled to be both aerodynamically functional and beautiful - and engineered to deliver maximum performance. The 2021 Ferrari convertible models span a diverse range and every Ferrari cabriolet is a very special car in its own way. The best way to appreciate and experience the depth of engineering passion that goes into every vehicle bearing the prancing horse logo is without a roof.
The Ferrari Convertible Models
The range comprises four-seat GT, two-seat roadster, hybrid, and limited-run speedster models. Every two-door Ferrari convertible has a hardtop folding roof, except the Monza models that have no roof at all.
This is the current 2022 lineup in the US:
- Portofino M: The most affordable drop-top in the range, this convertible GT has replaced the standard Portofino in the USA and benefits from a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Portofino has righted all the wrongs of the old California’s styling and more neatly stows its retractable hardtop beneath its lithe lines. With the engine in front, it avoids the styling compromises of Ferrari's infamous 1980s Mondial mid-engined four-seater. The Portofino M offers towering performance with all the right noises from its 612-horsepower V8. Cargo and rear-seat space are minimal but this shouldn’t bother the average owner.
- F8 Spider: Ferrari’s rival to the McLaren 720S, the F8 Spider is a striking roadster with nearly 100 hp more than the Portofino M and is essentially the ultimate evolution of the 488 Spider. Its talents are many, including its excellent performance and handling, the quick-folding hardtop, and the advanced electronic aids that help the driver get the most out of the car. The engine has lost the exciting aural edge that the naturally aspirated 458 used to have, though. There’s hardly any storage space and the price is high, not that it matters much at this end of the market.
- 812 GTS and Competizione A: After a hiatus of half a century, the 812 GTS marked the return of the first proper series production Ferrari convertible with a front-mounted V12. As the convertible derivative of the 812 Superfast coupe, the GTS is a near-800-hp roadster with a folding hardtop, a decent trunk for touring two up, and the drama associated with the screaming V12 with the roof down. It’s quite a bit heavier than the coupe, it’s expensive, and the waiting list is long, but buyers line up anyway for this unique V12 convertible experience. The limited-run targa-top 812 Competizione A is meant only for the most passionate Ferrari collectors and sports various technical and aerodynamic enhancements. All the available 599 examples have been sold.
- SF90 Spider: The first of its kind from Ferrari, this near-1,000-hp hybrid all-wheel-drive Spider model with its retractable hardtop is wrapped in a striking package and offers hypercar acceleration in a surprisingly comfortable driving environment. It’s very expensive, at over half a million dollars, and does without some driver-assistance features and cabin tech that many modern drivers demand, but the owner will be too focused on driving to care.
- Monza SP1 and SP2: As Ferrari’s “Icona” cars, only 499 of these extremely rare, near-$2 million super speedsters will be built without any roof or windscreen. The SP1 is a single-seater and the SP2 a two-seater, so they’re pure, driver-focused racing cars for the road.
Ferrari Convertible Price List
The cost of owning one of these cars is high and the new 2022 Ferrari convertible price list ranges from around $250,000 to nearly $2 million MSRP:
|Ferrari 296 GTS
||3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Plug-in Hybrid
|Ferrari Daytona SP3
|Ferrari Monza SP1
||6.5L V12 Gas
|Ferrari Portofino M
||3.9L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
|Ferrari 488 Spider
||3.9L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
|Ferrari F8 Spider
||3.9L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
|Ferrari 812 Competizione A
|Ferrari SF90 Spider
||4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Plug-in Hybrid
|Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
||6.3L V12 Hybrid
|Ferrari 430 Scuderia Spider
||4.3L V8 Gas
What to Consider Before Buying a Convertible Ferrari
These Ferrari convertible models are extremely rare vehicles and, as some of the most exciting open-top cars available, share these common traits:
- Very rare and exclusive
- Supercar performance in all models
- Racecar handling
- Visceral roofless experience
- Folding hardtops give coupe-like security and refinement with the top up
- Very expensive
- Most are not practical, or meant to be
- The limited-run models are mostly sold out
- There’s a long waiting list for the rest
What are the Monza SP1 and SP2 and will they be legal in the United States?
With the Monza models, Ferrari is creating a new class of limited-series “Icona” (Icon) cars that draw their design philosophy from some of Ferrari’s most iconic racing cars. For the SP1, these are the 750 and 860 Monza, as well as the 1948 166 MM. And, for the SP2, cars such as the Monza series of Ferrari’s 1950s barchettas are referenced. Both use a 799-hp V12 engine. Because these speedsters have no roof or windshield, they cannot legally be driven on US roads. American buyers will likely keep them at their overseas residences if they want to drive them - or use them on their private race tracks.
What are the SF90 Spider’s performance specs?
As Ferrari’s first-ever hybrid Spider hypercar, the SF90 is a plug-in hybrid that combines a turbocharged 769-hp 4.0-liter V8 engine and electric assistance to produce a combined 986 hp. It has a 7.9 kWh battery pack that enables it to have a claimed 15.5-mile all-electric range. Fully charged up, it accelerates to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds - the same as the Stradale coupe, despite the Spider being 220 pounds heavier. Its top speed is 211 mph.
Are any of the Ferrari convertibles practical touring cars?
Probably only the 812 GTS will pass this test, with ample space for two occupants, a cabin filled with top-class materials and many luxury features, and a decent trunk worth 8.8 cubic feet. With careful packing, this can be a viable touring car for two people, all the more enjoyable if the route includes mountain passes for truly appreciating the handling and the wail of the V12 echoing off the cliffs.
Has the 488 Spider been discontinued?
The successor to the 488 Spider is the F8 Spider but it’s not an all-new car. Just as the 488 Spider was a turbocharged development of the original naturally aspirated 458, the F8 Spider is a development of the 488 Spider, with an engine derived from the 488 Pista’s, reworked looks, and a new interior. The F8 Spider is everything we became used to and loved on the 488 but rebooted, refreshed, and improved.
Is a Ferrari a reliable car?
As with all highly strung super-sports cars, Ferraris must be meticulously maintained by Ferrari technicians. They are typically not driven many miles and are not subject to reliability surveys, but even sports cars can do impressive mileages if properly cared for.
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