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Maranello, 24 November 2004 - The Pininfarina-designed Ferrari Superamerica combines Ferrari 12-cylinder berlinetta power with a highly original, innovative take on the convertible concept.

The Superamerica is the first production car to employ an innovative rotating roof movement in combination with electrochromic technology developed exclusively for glass surfaces of these dimensions with Saint Gobain.



The Fioravanti-patented electric rotating roof movement allows the Superamerica driver to drop the top in 10 seconds flat, making it the world's fastest convertible berlinetta (320 km/h top speed).



Derived from the 575M Maranello, the Superamerica is available with either an F1-style or manual gearbox. Its big 12-cylinder engine has been boosted to deliver 540 hp too. The new car can also be fitted with the GTC Handling package which offers Ferrari's very latest high-tech features including carbon ceramic brakes.

The Superamerica's unusual electric roof has been dubbed Revocromico to highlight the unique combination of its rearward rotation movement and electrochromic technology. It has a carbon-fibre structure and the boot capacity remains unchanged whether the roof is open or closed too. The glass rear window also acts as a highly effective wind deflector when the roof is open.

The use of electrochromic glass means that the driver can completely control the level of light entering the cockpit. There are five tint levels available and the glass can go from dark to light in under a minute, at the touch of a button.

The Ferrari Superamerica is a limited edition model and will be premiered at Los Angeles and Detroit Auto Shows next January.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions
Length: 4550 mm
Width: 1935 mm
Height: 1277 mm
Wheelbase: 2500 mm
Front track: 1632 mm
Rear track: 1586 mm

Engine
Cylinders: V12
Bore x stroke: 89 mm x 77 mm
Unit displacement: 479 cc
Total displacement: 5748 cc
Compression ratio: 11:1
Maximum power: 540 hp at 7250 rpm
Maximum torque: 588.6 Nm at 5250 rpm

Performance
Maximum speed: 320 km/h / 199mph
 

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Nasty treatment of the lights.

I read a report recently (was it Evo?) that said the orange leather interior of the particular 575 they were testing gave the impression of sitting on Dale Winton.


Sorry to all our non-UK readers, that won't mean much to you.

I don't get it. They must be spending a barrel load of lire dominating F1, developing these little toys can't be cheap, I don't see many prancing horses on the road, yet they keep bringing out new models almost monthly.
 

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The super rich buy them the way we buy dvds or slot cars, so don't worry about their profits. They need to do endless revisions to justify hitting the swiss bank accounts - a bit like Fly re-liveries.

I do lament the design direction. Ferraris used to be beautiful, but not any more.
 

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Why can they not think of a suitable name? Superamerica was used for the range that preceded the superfast 500 in 1967 (410?). Bland car! Bland name?
In my old age, am I getting too perdantic to appreciate that in terms of design every thing looks similar. From the push me pull you Audi TT to the Beetle. Why go retro? Do not new designs exists that stand out completely from the crowd. When you saw a old Ferrari or an E type Jaguar at the time of their launch you could not compare them to any other car. Perhaps there might have not been so many on the road. But when I look at the boot of the new BMW 6 series. I think Volvo. When I see most of the new cars some of the design attributes have been taken from other makes. The only reasons I can see are they if you put in similar information to a computor designed car you are going to get something similar. And since there cannot be more than 3? world manufacturers in the world. To keep the toolintg and costs down they use parts from each range across the board.
Phew I've cooled down now.
Regards Allan
 

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QUOTE I do lament the design direction. Ferraris used to be beautiful, but not any more.

Could not agree more.
 

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I don't mind the shape of this ferrari. Some of the other recent supercars have an understated design, that to me often doesn't come across in pictures (oh, a new lambo, hmm) - but if I see the same car in real life, my eye is drawn to it with a wow before I have figured out what it is...

In general - I think europe & japan has been doing ok with car design recently. the Ka/Puma/Cougar range was startling when introduced, ideas which were reinvented in the equally revolutionary TT. You might not like the look of those cars, but they were very different (now much copied). New Beetle and New Mini are also both quite distinctive cars.

And talking of the e-type, long bonnet sport coupes were 2 a penny for a while, what with ferrari 250GTO, Cobra and a few other cars with similar profiles... rose tinted glasses?
 

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Only 40 years ago... the Ferrari 400 Superamerica



It had 400HP, reached 300km/h and had four disks for anchors.
Of course it did not have the "roll top", but the Pinin Farina (that was TWO words then) styling is rather nice, isn't it?
Not discounting those Borrani wires or those tall Pirellis.
Of course it DID cost a lot of money then, almost $12k, a fortune!
 

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The biggest market for Ferrari is America so they are making the more recent cars more appealing to Americans. I can hardly fit into a 512 TR (I tried last week), but these new ones like the Scaglietti are large enough - even for me. Notice too that it looks more like a Corvette than anything else.
 

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looks like a corvette ????? Looks like a corvette......?????

bah humbug...........


Ferrari (except for a few minor exceptions) truly know the way of limited editions...which are ALWAYS sold out

Mclaren - SLR??? aspire higher me boyo......

having said all that - the nose does look like it belongs to a bloodied boxer...

Corvette??? I mean really.......
 

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Astro, when I was a kid in the 60,s you were lucky if you saw a Ferrari. As for long bonnet front enginged cars being two a penny! No way, the Ferrari GTO only 39 mproduced. The Cobra might be front engined but no way could it compare with the long nose of the E type. The nearest car would be a Marcos. As for Rose tinted classes Not all the old car designs were masterpieces. But the Audi TT and the Beetle are almost symmetrical, Thats probably why the Audi needed a spoiler. The Mini is a BMW hatchbacked sized car, so it's not small enough to be called a mini. The Ka I felt was cute something different. The puma was ok except it should have been called the Scarab being small and insect like. Puma denotes something long and flowing. I recently saw a new Lamborghini and could not make out wheither it would have stood out so much. If it had had not been bright yellow in colour. I've nothing against modern design once it deals with the identity of the car. In other words when an Aston Martin looks completely different from a Jaguar. When the Ford Focus was introduced as cutting edge design. I knew flowing line design was out the door and jigsaw design in.
 

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QUOTE (abie321 @ 25 Nov 2004, 10:22)looks like a corvette ????? Looks like a corvette......?????

I'm talking about the Scaglietti

 
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