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Ferrari releases Retro Monzas

Wrenn Sanchez



Ferrari can’t get enough of the retro style their latest team of designers have been playing around with.

Now, the Italian car marquee just created 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.

The speedsters design was drawn from inspirations in the 1940s and 1950s, where both Monza SP1 and SP2 had old-school racing “barchettas” that Ferrari 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. The entire bodyshell along with the hood is made of carbon fiber.

A low-slung grill, combined with a chin spoiler and aggressive headlights, gives 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 serves to provide additional downforce on the SP1 and SP2. Topping everything off on the Monza SP1 and SP2 are the unique 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.

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