Ferrari has unveiled its new limited-edition Monza SP1 and SP2 cars, and both draw their inspiration from the classic ’50s racers that made the marque’s name.
With visual cues that pay tribute to the likes of the legendary 166MM, 750 Monza and 860 Monza, the two barchettas are the first in a new series of specials called Icone, aimed squarely at Ferrari collectors.
But don’t go thinking the SP1 and SP2 are self-indulgent standalones created solely to persuade obsessives to part with huge sums of cash: they pack the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built, a 6.5-litre, 809bhp V12, and can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 secs. These are serious racers.
The Monza SP1 is a single-seat road car, while the SP2 has space for a passenger, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen and a second roll-bar.
Both are packed with modern technology. Their carbonfibre construction helps give them the best weight-to-power ratio of any barchetta, while the clever ‘Virtual Wind Shield’ retains the aerodynamic profile without leaving the occupants excessively buffeted by the air flow.
Elsewhere, the doors open upwards, the one-piece bonnet-wing assembly is hinged at the front to showcase the V12 engine once open and even the interior is trimmed in lightweight carbonfibre, but with a natural finish.
There’s no official word yet on pricing, but with fewer than 500 models expected to be produced in total, they won’t come cheap, and estimates suggest a $3 million (£2.3m) figure.
The two Monza SP models will make their public debut at the Paris motor show next month.