• Special Ferraris priced at more than $2 million
  • V12 produces 800 horsepowerNot road legal
  • Only 499 to be built
     

While some manufacturers look to expand their model ranges and profits by offering lower-cost vehicles to a wider market, Ferrari is pursuing a new business case of building fewer cars at a higher price. And these cars at not even street-legal. As part of its new Icona vehicle program, the Italian maker of exotics is building a limited-run version of V12-powered roadsters that recall its sportscars of the 1950s and will offer them only to its best customers and collectors.

Called the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2, the two new models are front-engine V12 roadsters based on the 812 Superfast chassis. The normally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine makes 800 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. It’s backed by an F1-style 7-speed dual-clutch transmission delivering power to the rear wheels. Ferrari says the Monza is capable of accelerating to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 186 mph.

The open-top design is referred to as a Barchetta, which means boat, and references the earliest competition models built by Ferrari in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. As implied in their designations, the SP1 is a single-seat vehicle with a tonneau cover and single faired-in head rest, while the SP2 is a 2-passenger version of the same car with dual faired headrests.

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Carbon-fiber construction

In keeping with motorsports tradition, the Monza SP1/SP2 use lightweight carbon-fiber construction and the cockpit is Spartan. Also in keeping with the minimalist approach, the top of the instrument cluster bezel on the driver’s side has a small wind deflector built into the surface, while on the SP2, there’s a tiny windscreen in front of the passenger.

While the design is fluid with virtually no cut lines, the entire hood opens up clamshell style to reveal the V12 engine. The 812 Superfast’s door mechanism has also been modified to blend seamlessly in with the overall design of the Monza SP1/2.

Only 499 of these non-street-legal vehicles will be built and sold to collectors at an estimated price of over $2 million.

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