When Ferrari decides to bring old legends back to life, you know that it will be something special. And this is exactly what the Italians have achieved with their “Icona” line. This unique segment is an homage to Ferrari’s most historic cars that have shaped the brand into today’s success story. The design of the “Icona” models is based on the style-defining Ferraris of the 1950s, but they are equipped with the most modern sports car technology of today.
Only select clients and collectors will be able to get their hands on one of these masterpieces as each of the models will be limited to only a few pieces. The Monza SP1 (one-seater) and SP2 (two-seater) lay the foundation of the series. The cars were unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and the two models will be limited to only 499 cars in total. Production started in 2019 and first cars were delivered later the same year. In the pictures below, we decided to feature the SP2, photographed by @kenozache for @powerslidelover (see all pictures at the end of the article).
The two supercars, SP1 and SP2, are inspired by the iconic Ferrari Barchettas, particularly the 166 MM, the 750 Monza and the 860 Monza. Those Ferrari classics achieved numerous victories in the World Sports Car Championships of the 1950s and played a major role in shaping the Ferrari image that car enthusiasts and collectors appreciate so much.
The Monza SP1 and SP2 are identical in terms of performance as both are powered by the same engine as the Ferrari 812 Superfast, a 6.5-liter V12 power machine. This is good for a power output of 810 PS (596 kW) at 8500 rpm, thus outperforming the 812 Superfast by ten horsepower. The acceleration is quite impressive as the cars accelerate from 0-100 km/h in as much as 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in only 7.9 seconds – a performance that Enzo Ferrari would be proud of.
What we love about the two jaw-dropping cars is their unmatched design – pure and elegant. Immediately recognizable is the missing windshield as we know it from conventional Ferraris. In this way, the driver can enjoy the feeling of speed to full extent, similar to the experience of a Formula 1 driver. The goal of the Ferrari Design Center was to create a futuristic design with details incorporated from the old Barchettas, combined with as much driving enjoyment as possible. The hood and fender are assembled uncommonly in one piece which, when opened, presents the impressive twelve-cylinder engine we mentioned above.
Unlike newer racing cars, complicated design solutions like huge spoilers and wings were avoided and replaced by a more discreet design language. You enter the cockpit of the Monza SP1 and SP2 through the upwards opening doors. Inside, you will find the whole interior made from the same material that makes up the complete bodywork of the SP1 and SP2: carbon fiber. One of the greatest features of the supercars is the patented ‘Virtual Wind Shield’. It deflects part of the air flow and thus ensures more driving comfort. Fun fact: Two famous owners of the SP2 are football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic and star chef Gordan Ramsey.
In summary, the Monza SP1 and SP2 are vehicles that are futuristic in their aesthetics but, at the same time, a respectful homage to the past. Bravissimo Ferrari!
Monza SP1 and SP2
From CHF 2.5 million upwards
Small production batch of only 499 cars in total (Ferrari customer can choose between SP1 or SP2)
When to drive:
Maybe not on a rainy day as the car offers no roof to cover the beautiful interior. But nothing comes close to a windshield-less Ferrari when you want to come as close as possible to a F1 experience.
What we love about the car:
Obviously, the fantastic design of the Monza SP1 and the SP2. I am quite excited to see what’s coming next in Icona series. We at The Collectors Circle and our clients love everything that is rare, especially when its Ferrari branded.
Photography: Keno Zache IG: @kenozache
*The car on the pictures is not the one we offer for sale.