When an iconic car-maker like Ferrari decides to pay homage to some of its previous works, it is worth paying attention. That’s what happened in 2018 when Ferrari introduced its limited series “Icona” cars for the 2019 model year. The Italian automaker came out of the gate strong with the introduction of its tribute to the 1950s legendary Monza cars with the Ferrari Monza SP2.
A Design that Dismisses the Windshield
Ferrari says the SP2 is “sculpted by the wind”. It certainly dismisses it. This classically designed two-seater is part a work of art and part high performance car. Both sleek and sexy, this is a throwback that is easy to envision gripping winding mountain roads with hair and perhaps a scarf catching the breeze. This Ferrari has a front engine placement and rear-wheel drive. Designers and engineers have taken inspiration from the Monza 750, the 250 Testa and the 166 MM. This is a “wow” factor kind of car that was produced in very limited editions with an original MSRP of just under $2 million.
Power Meant to Be Savored
The Ferrari Monza SP2 is powered by a modified naturally aspirated, 6.5 liter V-12 engine that was found in the 812 Super-fast. The engine has been tuned to produce an additional 10 hp of the 812, reaching 799 horsepower. This gives the Ferrari Monza SP2 (along with its sibling SP1) the distinction of being one of the fastest road cars ever produced by Ferrari. The SP2 will take its driver and single passenger from zero to 60 mph in a lightning fast 2.9 seconds. It has a top speed of 186 mph and can get from a standstill to 124 mph 7.9 seconds. A lightweight carbon fiber composite chassis has elements of the one constructed of similar materials for the 812.
An Interior for Two
The SP2 has unique seating for two with individual seating compartments for both driver and passenger. The driver cockpit is uniquely driver focused. The instruments, instrument cluster and seat structure are all created to enhance driver comfort and the driving experience. The driver’s seat is engineered with a single piece of carbon fiber upholstered in rich leather. The passenger seat is similarly constructed with both seats providing exceptional horizon to horizon views. The interior is straightforward, uncluttered and allows driver and passenger to focus on the journey.
Modern Innovation in a Classic Design
The Ferrari Monza SP2 features diminutive scissor doors designed with a low slung body reminiscent of Monza’s past. The SP2 has a unique front end design that deflects airflow away from the driver and passenger compartments eliminating the need for a windshield. Its “Virtual Windshield” won the automaker the coveted Compasso d’Oro Industrial Design award in 2020.
The Definition of an Italian Sports Car
For many, Ferrari has been the definition of sports car for over 80 years. Year after year and model after model they continue to create perfect blends of performance with automotive art and excellence. They have reached back to the fifties to accomplish their task superbly with the SP2.