The Ferrari LaFerrari made its first public appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , taking center stage in spite of massive competition from the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Veneno . Not only the fastest road-legal supercar to come out of Maranello, the LaFerrari is also the first Ferrari to carry a hybrid powertrain. Developed as a successor to the almighty Enzo and the F50 , the LaFerrari is the first Ferrari not to be designed by Pininfarina since 1973.
Built in just 499 units and priced from $1.7 million, the LaFerrari became an instant hit with deep-pocketed enthusiasts, who rushed to pay the hefty sticker and help Ferrari close order books in a matter of months. Although the Italians have yet to assemble all 499 units as of 06/18/2014, the LaFerrari saga is set to continue in an even more exclusive fashion with the LaFerrari XX , a track-only supercar forged by means of decades of motorsport heritage.
Now, as the first road-going LaFerraris have already met their owners, the Italians are reportedly looking to expand the lineup even further. Next on their list, according to a brand-new rumor, is the LaFerrari Spider.
Updated 07/10/2014: Want to see what a topless LaFerrari looks like? So do we, so we created a rendering of it. Check it out after the jump.
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Creating a rendering for the future LaFerrari Spider wasn’t that difficult. It is basically a LaFerrari without a roof and some smoked rims. Still, we hope you like it and it helps you imagining the future supercar.
Twice As Expensive, No Top
Details are pretty scarce at the time of this writing, but we’re not at all surprised to hear the LaFerrari could lose its top. If supercars like the Lamborghini Veneno and the Bugatti Veyron can do that, why shouldn’t the LaFerrari do the same? According to Automobile, which is responsible for this enticing rumor, the LaFerrari could drop its top just in time for 2015 — the track-exclusive XX is also scheduled to arrive then.
But unlike the coupe, the LaFerrari Spider will hit the streets in very limited numbers, as only 50 units are expected to leave the Maranello factory and cost as much as two LaFerrari hardtops. That’s about $3.4 million, which is a few Californias more than a Bugatti Veyron. Not that this is going to be a problem with deep-pocketed Ferrari enthusiasts.
Naturally, the LaFerrari Spider will share its body, chassis and every magnificent bit of technology with the hardtop model. That includes the 6.3-liter,V-12 engine and the electric motor that, when put together, deliver no less than 963 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. Talk about high-speed winds blowing through your hair.
Powered by a huge, 8.0-liter W-16 monster of an engine that delivers 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse needs only 2.6 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start and keeps going until it reaches 253 mph. This amazing number makes it the world’s fastest production roadster, a feat that’s still popular with supercar collectors.
Making the Veyron even more attractive is its luxurious interior packed with the finest leathers, and adorned by hand-painted motifs and high-quality rosewood. A Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse fetches around $3 million nowadays, but most iterations are either unique or built in less than five units. Beat that, Ferrari!
The 918 Spyder may be less powerful than both the LaFerrari and the Veyron, but those 887 horses and 940 pound-feet of torque are pretty impressive when considering that its V-8 engine displaces "only" 4.6 liters. The V-8 alone is good for 608 horsepower, but the two electric motors connected to the axles add the necessary extra oomph to launch the 918 from naught to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Its top speed sits at 211 mph and its fuel economy is rated at 85 mpg. If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is.
Just like the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the Porsche 918 Spyder has its own record to brag about. In September 2013, the Stuttgart-built supercar became the fastest production car at the Nurburgring, lapping the "Green Hell" in 6 minutes and 57 seconds. You can have all that from $929,000, a sticker that includes the weight-saving Weissach Package.