LaFerrari Spider rumour

Top Gear is back, with episode one of Series 23 airing over the weekend. What did you guys think of it? Good? Bad? Well, regardless of your thoughts on the revised show, the first episode did reveal some big news – Ferrari will indeed build a convertible version of its LaFerrari hybrid supercar.

We previously covered this topic a few months ago, when an interesting photo made its way around the internet. The photo featured a Ferrari-branded carbon-fibre box with an illustration of what looks like a LaFerrari without its roof on the top.

During the ‘Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car’ segment of the show, chef Gordon Ramsay and actor Jesse Eisenberg came on stage to share a few words with host Chris Evans. While discussing the most interesting car the celebrities had ever owned, Ramsay undoubtedly brought up his own LaFerrari.

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A little while later, the Masterchef US host brought out a box, which is identical to the one seen in the earlier photo. Ramsay then says that Ferrari will make a limited edition of the LaFerrari, called the LaFerrari Spider, confirming that such a model will indeed come into existence.

While the hardtop version will only have 499 examples, Ramsay claims that Ferrari will only make 100-150 units of the LaFerrari Spider, making it extremely rare. He then opens the box to reveal the key to said upcoming model. Yes, Ramsay did indeed order one for himself.

Closer to home, Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, who is the CEO of the Naza Group of Companies had previously posted an image of the “famous” box as well. A sign of good things to come?

Of course, there is currently no official technical info about the LaFerrari Spider, but it is expected that the hardtop’s 950 hp and 900 Nm hybrid powertrain will be employed. In that configuration, a 6.3 litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine is paired to Ferrari’s HY-KERS system, with power being sent to the rear wheels through to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

As for the roof, the LaFerrari Spider may use a removable hard top instead of a mechanical-folding mechanism in the interest of keeping the weight down. A soft top option is plausible but may not hold up well when the car is in full sprint. The hardtop has a top speed exceeding 350 km/h.

How good would a LaFerrari Spider look? Or is the hardtop version a better look instead? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.