No sooner had the covers been pulled from the spectacular Pininfarina Sergio concept at the 2013 Geneva motor show than well-heeled petrolheads were clamouring for a production version. And here it is – this is the first of just six examples of the now Ferrari-badged Sergio to be built, delivered to its new owner in Abu Dhabi last week.
Like the concept, it’s an open-roofed roadster named after Pininfarina’s longstanding chairman, who initially began the coachbuilder’s storied relationship with Ferrari.
What’s changed from concept to production?
Most obviously there’s now a full-size windscreen rather than the wind in your hair, bugs in your face setup of the concept car.
The body’s proportions have been pushed and pulled slightly to meet the hard points of the Ferrari 458 Spider donor car underneath and the shape has lost a little of its drama in the process, but there’s no doubt this is still a strikingly attractive car.
Its styling cues are intended to echo those of Pininfarina-styled Ferraris of the ’60s and ’70s. The transparent bar linking the headlights in particular is a throwback to the original Ferrari Dino show car.
Inside the interior is broadly unchanged from the 458, albeit with the addition of extra carbonfibre and alcantara garnish. Each of the six Ferrari Sergios will be different, with clients personalising their cars in sessions at Maranello.
How fast is the Ferrari Sergio?
Very. In the engine room there’s the same 597bhp 4.5-litre V8 as the Ferrari 458 Speciale, taking the Sergio from 0-62mph in a claimed 3.0 seconds – the same time as the 458 Speciale Aperta.
And how much?
No official line on pricing, but a figure around £2.5m is rumoured. If you have to ask, etc… Besides, all six are spoken for already. The first car, pictured here, will be part of a royal collection in the United Arab Emirates.