This week’s Beverly Hills City Hall unveiling of the Ferrari F60 America represents 60 years of Ferrari in the United States. Unsurprisingly, only ten examples of this hyper-performance drop-top will make it to production, and all ten have already been claimed by Ferrari enthusiasts.
Based on Ferrari’s F12 Berlinetta, the brand’s flagship grand tourer, the F60 America will retain the F12’s raucous, 6.3-liter V12. The big motor churns out a fantastic 731 horsepower and 509 lb.-ft. of torque routed through a 7-speed DCT, though the F60 will receive sportier gear ratios. In a press release, Ferrari claimed that, “The new car combines our American clients’ two great passions — the V12 engine and open-top driving…,” and it certainly does so in a beautiful, polished package.
The F60 America’s changes over the F12 Berlinetta are mostly cosmetic — the driver’s side and most of the interior is trimmed in red, while the passenger’s side receives black trim, a nod to Ferrari competition cars of the past. In addition, the middle of each seat receives a small strip of American flag trim to go along with the North American Racing Team color scheme that graces the exterior.
The F60 America’s fabric roof will supposedly be able to endure speeds of up to 80 mph, but dipping into the F60 America’s 200+ mph top speed requires the removal of the top. This is when the beautifully sculpted carbon fiber roll bars come into play, adding both safety and aerodynamic structure to the vehicle. However, the F60 America isn’t about safety or practicality–rather, the car centers around listening to the Italian V12’s scream in the open air.
The F60 America harkens back to the 275 GTS N.A.R.T. Spider of 1967, one of the most desirable and expensive Ferraris ever built. When Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti decided that a drop-top version of the visceral 275 GTB would sell in the US, he ordered 25 examples to be built. Unfortunately, only 10 ever saw production between 1967 and 1968–the last remaining one-owner 275 N.A.R.T. sold recently in August 2013 for a record $27.5 million. It would be no surprise if the F60 America followed a similar path.
Please enjoy this TFLcar.com video review of the 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino.
Frank caught automotive fever early in life. Hailing from a long line of car fanatics, he was able to recite the year and model of every car that passed him by age five. His passion and love for the automobile have only grown since then. When not thinking about cars, he is reading, writing, learning, or dreaming about them. His area of expertise is in the realm of German and Italian cars, of which Porsche is a favorite. Frank currently resides in the heart of NASCAR country in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family. He enjoys driving exotic cars in the beautiful Carolina weather.