Ferrari's Icona Is Its Most Powerful Road Car Ever

Doris Richards
September 20, 2018

At the event, Ferrari unveiled the single-seater Monza SP1 and two-seater Monza SP2, a pair of open-topped, limited edition sportscars, as part of a new segment dubbed "Icona" inspired by past Ferraris targeted at its most loyal customers.

These two "Monza" models are the first in Ferrari's new "Icone" series that "draw [s] inspiration from the most evocative Ferraris of the 1950s".

We should also not that if you'd feel lonely driving by yourself in the Monza SP1, there will also be a two-seat Monza SP2 so that you can use to cruise the boulevard in style with your significant other. The front wing and bonnet is a single panel made entirely from carbon-fibre which is hinged at the front like racing cars of yesteryears.

Built on the 812's chassis, the Monza SP's will also feature a ton of carbon fiber bodywork, the best power-to-weight ratio of any barchetta, scissor doors, and a front-hinged one-piece carbon-fiber hood created to showcase its V12 lump. The auto debuted in three colours - black, red, and silver with yellow race graphics, with the latter looking particularly striking on the car's unique 21-inch forged wheels.

Which passengers will need, given the Monza SP's will feature the most powerful non-electrified Ferrari engine ever built. Based on the 812 Superfast (complete with rear-wheel steering), the Monza ups the naturally-aspirated V12's power output to 810PS (799bhp) while cutting weight for a 0-62mph time of 2.9sec and 0-125mph in 7.9sec. Dry weight is 1,500 kg for the Ferrari Monza SP1 and 1,520 kg for the Ferrari Monza SP2. But don't worry, the iconic Italian brand is sticking with V12s, at least for now - further development of the 6.3-litre engine used in the GTC4Lusso and 812 Superfast is already said to be underway, according to Autocar. Now we have all the details and official photos from Ferrari. It is very stark, with few corners and a very understated look. In decidedly not-old news, though, both are made of carbon fiber and go over 186 miles per hour. Ferrari have utilised a "Virtual Wind Shield" which deviates the air flow to increase driver comfort.

The entire concept reminds us of the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss which took the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and chopped the roof off too.

Gas-guzzling Ferraris are faced with more and more anti-emission regulations around the world, as well as increasingly environmentally-aware would-be owners.

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