*Including an SUV… But never mind that, because they’ll also build you glorious 1950s throwbacks if you’ve got a million dollars to spend on a car, a car like the Ferrari Monza SP1 or SP2 you see here…
The Italians haven’t been wasting time recently and the latest cars from Maranello like the Ferrari 488 Pista is a hedonistic celebration of the good times. Ferrari is shifting cars at record pace with 8,400 annual sales, introducing new models like the Portofino, and the Scuderia isn’t useless every other Sunday on the Grand Prix circuit any more either.
So you’d think, but either way the times are clearly not good enough for Ferrari, which is why the company is planning massive expansion by way of, what else, an SUV… Of course we could all see this one coming a mile away because Ferrari has been adamant for years that they’ll in fact never ever do an SUV ever, which was all the proof anyone needed that the Italians were scheming something else entirely. And that something else is an SUV named Purosangue which is coming soon and we don’t exactly care.
There are far more important matters at hand, like proper Ferraris, inspired by historic racing cars and powered by naturally aspirated V12 engines. In the Monza SP1 and SP2 limited edition models just announced, the 6.5-litre V12 in question also happens to be the most powerful production engine ever fitted to a Ferrari, rated at 800 horsepower enabling a zero to 100km/h sprint in 2.9 seconds and zero to 200km/h in 7.9 seconds. Also, they’re speedsters, so bring sun lotion.
Or don’t, it doesn’t matter, they’re already sold out, both the Monza SP1 and SP2, but don’t fret because Ferrari people say that this is the beginning of a new Icona series of limited edition cars, which means you can expect more of these ‘coachbuilt’ specials from Maranello at increasingly eye-watering prices.
Based on the 812 Superfast, the Monza cars are 4,657mm long and just 1,155mm tall (which is inches), and weighing 1,500kg won’t do them much harm either. These days a 1.5-tonne supercar is deemed featherweight, particularly when stuff like the Aston Martin DB11 Volante weighs nearly 1.9 tonnes and the open-top Aventador is over 1.6 tonnes..
As for the design, you probably don’t need any convincing, but Ferrari’s in-house studio knocked it out of the park with the retro-inspired styling paying homage to racing barchettas like the 1948 166 MM, and the 750 Monza and 860 Monza racers that competed in the World Sports Car Championship driven by the likes of Alberto Ascari, Mike Hawthorne, Froilan Gonzales, Maurice Trintignant, and Peter Collins.