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The Stylish Features of the Ferrari

Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

For those of us of a certain generation, we can recall a television show about an ex-military man turned private investigator in the United States’ 50th state. Some might say that the star of that show was the six-foot-four-inch, handsome, mustache wearing, lay about investigator. However, the rest of us know that undoubtedly the star of the show was the sleek, sexy, red Ferrari that the P.I. drove. Maybe sexy is a bit strong for a car, but if an automobile ever deserved the term, that car is the Ferrari.

Yes, cars are meant to move passengers from where they are to where they want to go, but what the Italian auto manufacturer Ferrari understands is that the journey truly can and maybe should be more rewarding that arriving at the destination. Image enjoying a car so thoroughly that you never want to get out of it not when you arrive at work, not when you arrive home and not when you reach your favorite vacation spot. Another thing that Ferrari fully comprehends is that great looks are as important as performance, and there is no rule that states a person cannot have both of these qualities in one car.

The stylish appearance and superior design of the Ferrari is not for everyone. In fact, this car is for the select few. All you have to do is check the price tag to understand why. If you have to ask how much this sports legend costs then you can’t afford it. Still, there’s no harm in looking. And that’s exactly what many people did at a car show in Paris last year where the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was on display. The car is an offshoot of the Ferrari sports coupes that made use of the front-engine, V-12 power source. The car has a soft top but Ferrari suggests that the cover only be used when absolutely necessary. This car was meant to be driven in the open air, with the driver in the open air.

Ferrari Aperta

For the performance seeker, rest assured that this Ferrari, as with its predecessors, does not disappoint. A 6.7-liter DOHC V-12 delivers 670 horsepower. The rear-wheel drive has a 6-speed automated gearbox. Whether tackling a curvy winding road, cruising on a no-speed limit highway or doing a bit of test driving on the track, this Ferrari delivers. Speaking of the track, the Italian manufacturer continues to build machines that are widely respected by race car owners and drivers alike.

We mentioned that the price of these vehicles make them more of a fantasy car for most people, and that's without mentioning the price of the insurance rates, when we checked car insurance quotes. The starting price for the SA Aperta was estimated at $456,000, and all the available cars had waiting buyers.

Like a fine piece of art, maybe it is not necessary to actually own one of these cars to appreciate it. However, an occasional viewing would be nice. Who knows, maybe that private investigator with the mustache will make a comeback and this time his Ferrari of choice might be the SA Aperta.

Ferrari 599