It’s been a little while, or certainly it seems that way, since Ferrari released something super exclusive based on their V12 models. The F60 America was nearly four years ago and there were 799 F12 Tdfs, which makes them positively common by the standards of limited run Maranello cars.
Here we have the first look at the cars – the Monza SP1 and SP2 – that will succeed the F60 America, and which of course can also trace their history back to the 575 Superamerica and 550 Barchetta. Autocar has picked up the images via an Instagram account dedicated to the pair of V12 roadsters, the cars shown at a customer event prior to an official debut at the Paris show.
In case you hadn’t guessed, the SP1 Monza is the single seat car, with a covered passenger side like a classic racing car, and the SP2 is the two-seater alternative. Both are based on the 812 Superfast, using that car’s stupendous 6.5-litre V12; however, with all carbon bodywork (or so we’re led to believe), expect the Monzas to be a little lighter than the SF, and therefore to make their 800hp feel even more potent…
In terms of design, both inside and out the Monzas are quite traditional. There’s one large swoop for the rear light, a pair of perfectly regular headlights and a body largely unadorned by aero add-ons (rear diffuser notwithstanding). The inside, too, takes classic inspiration, with a more conventional dashboard than seen in recent Ferraris. Dare it be said, they look fantastic from this grainy preview.
The ‘Ferrari Icona’ Instagram account suggests that 200 Monzas will be built, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet what the split will be between the single- and two-seater cars. No doubt most if not all are spoken for already, but there will be a chance to ogle the Monza SP1 and SP2 at the Paris Motor Show next month. Expect more like this from Ferrari, too; it’s said the late CEO Sergio Marchionne’s plan was to boost profits through both increased production and more limited-run specials…
The Italians have now officially revealed their latest creations and aren’t they simply gorgeous. That’s exactly what the folks at the private unveiling must have felt. Since, reports suggest that the cars are already sold out.
The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are part of a series of limited edition models called Icona. So, there are more cars in the works. While, Ferrari hasn’t announced the exact number of Monzas it plans to build, reports indicate that the number could be just under 500 units. We think, it would be a lot less considering the fact that the Monza is rumored to cost upwards £1 million. That said, the prices will be announced at the Paris Motor Show next month.
The Monza SP1 and SP2 are based on the 812 Superfast. A lot of carbon fiber has gone into the construction of these cars. As a result, the SP1 weighs 1500 kg, while the SP2 tips the scales at 1520 kg. In terms of design, the SP1 and SP2 have a low slung front end with a wide grille. The cars have unique headlamps and a strip of LED tail lights at the rear. Both cars ride on distinct 5-spoke alloy wheels. The SP1 Monoposto comes with a single-seat with a tonneau cover where the passenger seat would have been. It also has a single roll hoop. The SP2 Biposto has two seats with a carbon divider in between.
While the Barchetta look is striking to say the least, it also creates vortexes inside the cabin at speed. The solution is a patented Virtual Wind Shield which is incorporated into the fairing behind the instrument cluster. Powering the Monza SP1 and SP2 is Ferrari’s 6.5-liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine. It produces 800 hp @ 8500 rpm and 530 lb-ft of torque @ 7000 rpm. 0-62 mph comes up in 2.9 seconds and 124 mph comes up in 7.9 seconds. Every Monza will be shipped with custom-fitted racing overalls, jersey, helmet, gloves, scarf and driving shoes by luxury brands like Loro Piana and Berluti.
So, the Monza SP1 is an uncompromising single-seat road car. Lashings of carbon fiber keep the weight down, while the most powerful engine in the Maranello factory’s history contributes 809 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. The 6.5-liter V12 is enough to propel the SP1 from 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds, or 0-124 mph in 7.9 seconds. Top speed, Ferrari says, is over 186 mph.
If you want to share that experience with a friend, the Ferrari Monza SP2 is a two-seater. That involves doing away with the tonneau cover, while a second protective screen and second roll-bar are also added. Either way, you’re getting an extreme drive. Ferrari has developed a new “Virtual Wind Shield” that’s integrated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. That directs the flow of air to avoid blasting the driver in the face, along with preserving aerodynamic flow.
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