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by Tim Beissmann

An open-top version of the Ferrari 599 will make its public debut at California’s Pebble Beach Concours in August.

Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo explained that the roadster would get a true Ferrari name and was unlikely to follow in the footsteps of the 575 Superamerica released in 2005.

“It will have an emotional, romantic name such as Italia or Fiorano,” Mr di Montezemolo told UK publication Autocar.

He confirmed that work on a convertible version of the 458 Italia was also in the final stages and would be ready to hit showrooms next year.

Further from production reality however is a Scuderia version of the 458, with the Ferrari boss all but dismissing the possibility of a F430 Scuderia successor.

Another spokesman told UK publication Auto Express that any Ferrari to wear the Scuderia badge would have to be significant step up from the standard vehicle.

“The more hardcore editions have been a huge success for us over the last few years, so that’s certainly the plan with the 458 too. But unless we can present pioneering and innovative technology there’s no point in making a 458 Scuderia.

“At the moment it’s hard to see how we could move the game forward significantly enough from the standard 458,” he said.

Mr di Montezemolo also reaffirmed the Italian supercar maker’s commitment to hybrid technology in the short-term.

“The future for Ferrari is hybrid for the 12 and new [turbocharged] technology for the eight. Within three to four years we will be ready with a 12-cylinder hybrid based on the HY-KERS concept,” he told Auto Express.

Vehicles expected to benefit from Ferrari’s first hybrid system include the all-new Enzo hypercar and the replacements for the current 599 and 612 Scaglietti models.




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