The Ferrari Superamerica combines stunning Ferrari 12-cylinder berlinetta performance with a highly original, innovative take on the ever-versatile convertible. The Superamerica is also the very first production car to adopt an innovative rotating roof incorporating electrochromic technology developed exclusively for large glass surfaces, which transforms it from a coupé to a convertible in just a few seconds. The result is a car that combines all of the prestige and allure of a drop-top with the functional advantages of a coupé.
Derived from the 575M Maranello, the Superamerica is available with either an F1-style or manual gearbox, and is fitted with the latest development of the classic V12 engine which now delivers an impressive 540 hp. Thanks to its super-smooth electric rotating roof, the Superamerica is also the world’s fastest convertible berlinetta with a top speed of 199 mph.
The exclusive and unmistakably Pininfarina-designed Superamerica is named after a very famous series of limited edition 12-cylinder models built by Ferrari between 1956 and 1961. In line with this illustrious past, the new Superamerica is also a limited edition car. Interior and exterior styling Styled by Pininfarina, the Superamerica retains the beautifully balanced proportions typical of Ferrari’s V12 berlinettas, cleverly integrating the model’s unique Revocromico roof. This innovative feature blends seamlessly with the car’s lines thanks to the two side buttresses, a styling cue taken from some of Ferrari’s most classic models.
The buttresses also provide roll-over protection along with the roof structure itself. The Ferrari Superamerica’s most important stylistic and functional feature is its unique Fioravanti-patented rotating roof which has been dubbed Revocromico to highlight the combination of its rearward rotation movement and electrochromic technology.
The Superamerica’s engine is based on the most classical of all Ferrari’s layouts – the V12. It features a 65 degree vee architecture with twin overhead cams per cylinder bank and four valves per cylinder, with the crankcase, cylinder heads and sump all in aluminium alloy. In finest Ferrari tradition, the V12 also adopts a dry sump lubrication system.
The Ferrari Superamerica chassis is based on the 575M Maranello with additional structural reinforcements to ensure the perfect blend of Ferrari performance and stylish convertible elegance. Adopting the innovative rotating glass roof called for stronger sill members, reinforcements in the chassis tubes around the central tunnel and particularly the A-posts. The rear buttresses add to the structural reinforcements carried out around the roof mechanism, while the rear firewall has been strengthened and additional bracing added around the transaxle area.
The Ferrari Superamerica’s roadholding has been fine-tuned by adopting active damping with proportional-valve shock absorbers and six accelerometers. The system “reads” the road surface and adapts the damping almost instantly to suit.
Ferrari Superamerica Technical Specifications
Year of Manufacture – 2005
|type||front, longitudinal 65° V12|
|bore/stroke||89 x 77 mm|
|unitary displacement||479.03 cc|
|total displacement||5748.36 cc|
|compression ratio||11.2 : 1|
|maximum power||397 kW (540 hp) at 7250 rpm|
|power per litre||94 hp/l|
|maximum torque||588 Nm (60 kgm) at 5250 rpm|
|valve actuation||twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder|
|fuel feed||Bosch Motronic ME7 injection|
|ignition||Bosch Motronic ME7 electronic static, single spark plug per cylinder|
|front suspension||independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers with adaptive damping, anti-roll bar|
|rear suspension||independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers with adaptive damping, anti-roll bar|
|transmission||manual or electro-hydraulic F1 6-speed + reverse|
|fuel tank||capacity 105 litres|
|front tyres||255/35 ZR 19|
|rear tyres||305/30 ZR 19|
|front track||1632 mm|
|rear track||1586 mm|
|weight||1790 kg (kerb)|
|top speed||320 km/h|
|acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.25 sec 4.20 sec F1 gearbox|
|0-400 m||12.30 sec 12.25 sec F1 gearbox|
|0-1000 m||22.00 sec 21.90 sec F1 gearbox|
|Consumption and emission|
|urban test cycle ece||34,5 l/100 km|
|extra urban test cycle eudc||14,3 l/100 km|
|consumption ece+eudc||21,8 l/100 km|
|co2 emissions combined||499 g/ km|