Marcus De Guzman / Ferrari | September 19, 2018 12:27
Beauty meets power in the Ferrari Monza SP1, SP2 speedsters
What do you get when you combine sleek looks with a powerful V12 engine? For Ferrari, it's this. Introducing the Monza SP1 and SP2, a pair of limited-edition sports cars that are part of Ferrari's new segment dubbed 'Icone'. The SP1 serves as a single-seater droptop while the SP2 is a two-seater.
Drawing inspiration from speedsters made during the 1940's and 1950's, the design of both the Monza SP1 and SP2 harken back to old-school racing 'barchettas' that Ferrari have used in the past. From the 1948 166 MM, 750 Monza and the 860 Monza, the SP1 and SP2 feature clean lines placed on a monolithic structure that combines an aerodynamic shape with stylish looks.
With the absence of a windscreen and a roof, designers were given freedom to make the two Monzas as beautiful and seamless-looking as possible. The result is a timeless look that blends both the old and the new into one visually-striking open-top sports car. Engineers, on the other hand, made extensive use of lightweight alloys and carbon fiber to keep the weight down as well as make them sturdy and rigid. In fact, the entire bodyshell along with the hood are made out of carbon fiber.
A low-slung grill, combined with a chin spoiler and aggressive headlights, give the two Monzas a shark-like appearance. Meanwhile, large five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires dominate the wheel wells of the speedsters. Around the back, huge buttresses highlight the speedsters' unique profile which also serve to provide additional downforce on the SP1 and SP2. Topping everything off on the Monza SP1 and SP2 are the uniqe taillight design and the quad exhausts.
Under the hood, both the Monza SP1 and SP2 specials are powered by a 6.5-liter V12 that cranks out 810 PS at 8500 rpm and 719 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm. Billed by Ferrari as the most powerful engine they have built, it allows the SP1 and SP2 to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of more than 300 km/h.
Ferrari has yet to say how many SP1 and SP2s they will build in total. But given that these are ultra-limited V12 specials, we won't be surprised if the automaker will only make a handful of these beautiful droptops.