► Monza SP1 and SP2 pricing revealed
► Revealed on Ferrari's financials day
► Less than 500 will be made
The Ferrari SP1 and SP2 Monzas, first seen at Capital Markets Day in Maranello last month, have made their motor show debuts at Paris. Their pricing has also been confirmed – 1.6 million euros including Italian VAT. Strip out that Italian VAT, convert to sterling and factor in UK VAT and you’re looking at a similar sum; roughly £1.6 million.
499 will be built, with the split between single-seat SP1s and dual-seat SP2 Monzas to be dictated by customer preference. Buyers will not be able to buy both, and getting your name on the Monza list will require sturdy Ferrari-buying credentials – that high-mileage 456 you just snaffled on eBay probably won’t cut the mustard.
Talking to CAR, Ferrari’s senior vice president for design Flavio Manzoni revealed the buzz the project created within Ferrari’s Centro Stile design facility.
‘When my team and I discovered there was a possibility to work on this concept, the enthusiasm, passion and creativity reached one of the highest peaks I have known in the eight years I have been with Ferrari,’ says Manzoni.
‘Here was the opportunity to deliver something really pure. This comes from the architecture. A car without a roof becomes immediately more pure, more simple. We also had the chance to create something [a modern barchetta] that doesn’t exist in the world – this was unbelievable.
‘But the first thing I told my team was that I didn’t want it to be nostalgic. This car, despite the name, is not a modern interpretation of the Monza. It’s an interpretation of the concept of the barchetta. This is part of our history, but I also love the idea of being part of the machine, with a level of symbiosis beyond anything else – essentially you sit in the car, with the carrozzeria at eye level. The idea of driving this, without a roof, with no helmet and windscreen, is for me really impressive.’
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Ferrari chose its industry-facing 2018 Capital Markets Day to unveil two limited-run Icona creations, the single-seat Monza SP1 and dual-seat Monza SP2 Barchettas – the first cars from what Camilleri describes as the fourth pillar of modern Ferrari, alongside its special series, GT and sports cars.
Described as ‘a glorious manifestation of Ferrari’s DNA’, the Icona cars will be built in limited numbers and to a cadence Camilleri refused to be drawn on. They’ll boost revenue without adding considerably to production volumes or damaging brand equity.
It's a project instigated under Marchionne’s watch, with fewer than 500 Monzas being offered to loyal Ferrari buyers. 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.
The absence of a roof and a windscreen (Ferrari talks of a RenaultSport Spider-like ‘virtual windscreen’) is key to the Monza’s appeal, which head of product marketing Nicola Boari describes as ‘the embodiment of the passion of our founder; the purest and most intoxicating driving experience, with very little between you and the asphalt’.
An upper body in F1-grade composites, including kevlar and carbonfibre, cuts weight while giving design director Flavio Manzoni and his team the freedom to realise what he describes as ‘the elegance of the past fused with an uncompromising architecture and a modern approach, and not a nostalgic approach’.
Inspired by the 750 Monza racer of the ’50s, Manzoni’s creation is a thoroughly contemporary Ferrari form, one that deftly draws on the past while refusing to acquiesce to retro.
In both versions the driver is encircled in a sweep of elliptical carbonfibre, the sparse driving instruments supplemented by an offset lower panel housing supplementary controls. The car 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.
The Monza’s price and production run will be confirmed at next month’s Paris motor show, with first deliveries from summer 2019.
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