If you could take a classic Ferrari racing barchetta from the 1950s and bring it into the modern day, updating the chassis, powertrain, and electronics with state-of-the-art modern technology, you might end up with something like the new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2. The two models were unveiled in Italy today, in the course of Ferrari’s annual Capital Markets Day presentation, and they’re absolutely sensational.
The only real difference between the SP1 and SP2 is that where the latter is a two-seater, the former has a single seat, a tonneau cover occupying where the passengers seat would otherwise be. Otherwise, the differences are pretty immaterial. Both barchettas are powered by the same 800-horsepower V12, borrowed from the 812 Superfast; both boast the same 2.9-second 0-to-100-kmph (62-mph) time; and there’s just a 20-kilogram weight difference between the two, with the SP1 weighing 1,500 kg (about 3,300 pounds) dry, and the SP2 coming in at 1,520.
Ferrari says that the Ferrari Monza SP1 and the Monza SP2 are “based on a monolithic form” with a wing-like profile, and proportions only possible because of the models’ lack of a roof and windscreen. There are none of the busy, visually-distracting sorts of features commonly found on today’s race cars – jutting canards, massive wings, and the like. Instead, the Ferrari Monza models are simple, clean, and pure, just like the racing barchettas of yore. The bodies of both cars are made from lightweight carbon-fiber, and the interiors are trimmed in the same stuff.
Fewer than 500 total examples of the Ferrari Monza barchettas are planned for production, and the marque will let customer demand determine how many of each the SP1 and SP2 are built. They are the first two models of a special new Ferrari product segment called “Icona”, and while pricing has not been announced, we’d wager that each example will fetch a tremendously high price from new – likely around $1 million US.
Not that we’d expect anything less from Ferrari.