Ferrari is set to launch an open-top 599 at August's Pebble Beach concours in Monterey, Calif. Described by Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo as a "roadster," the new car will be sold in limited numbers, in the same vein as the company's previous open-top V12, the 575 Superamerica (left). The latter was launched in 2005 with a folding metal roof and a 25hp power hike over the standard model, to counteract its extra weight.
It's not known if the open-top 599 will have a similar roof or more grunt, but di Montezemolo told Autocar that it's unlikely to bear the Superamerica moniker.
"It will have an emotional, romantic name such as 'Italia' or 'Fiorano'," he said.
Di Montezemolo also confirmed that the new car would not be shown at a traditional motor show. Instead, prospective customers will get a private viewing of the car at Ferrari's headquarters in Maranello.
Ferrari is also known to be putting the finishing touches to a Spider version of the 458 Italia, due next year. However, anyone expecting a hardcore Scuderia version of the 458 is going to have to wait a while longer, according to the company's boss. "We have no intention of doing a Scuderia version of the 458 yet," he said.
In the longer term, di Montezemolo admitted that a replacement for the 612 Scaglietti is being planned. "We've always had clients for such a car and we want to maintain a V12 2+2," he said. "So, we are thinking of something for the future."