Ferrari confirms topless LaFerrari, rules out other variants

The Spider is the only LaFerrari offshoot currently in the pipelines.

Ferrari has confirmed a topless version of the LaFerrari is right around the corner.

Most likely called LaFerrari Spider, the Prancing Horse's next convertible was reportedly shown to a small, carefully-selected group of customers during a private event that was held recently. Photos haven't been published yet, so it's too early to tell whether the Spider uses a removable hard top or a more conventional cloth soft top. Either way, expect the Spider to be a little bit heavier than its hardtop counterpart (pictured), which tips the scale at 2,766 pounds.

The Spider isn't expected to receive major mechanical modifications, meaning it will use a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain made up of a 789-horsepower 6.3-liter V12 engine capable of revving to 9,350 rpm and a 120-kilowatt electric motor. Together, the two power sources generate 949 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The standard LaFerrari hits 60 mph from a stop in less than three seconds, and it goes on to a top speed of 217 mph.

How many examples of the LaFerrari Spider will be built is up in the air. The original model was limited to just 499 examples, and it's been sold out for over two years. Potential customers have already seen the topless model, so it's safe to assume that at least a chunk of the production run is already spoken for.

What's next?The only LaFerrari variant currently in the pipelines is the Spider, affirmed newly-appointed Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne. His comments suggest that a more affordable version of the supercar powered exclusively by a V12 engine won't become a reality in the foreseeable future.

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