Ferrari has just announced a pair of new models that are a throwback to their roadsters of the 1950s.
Unlike Porsche, Ferrari has always been a manufacturer that preferred to look forward rather than backward. Sure, certain stylistic choices might be inspired by earlier cars, but in general there’s never a question as to the “newness” of each new Ferrari as its announced.
But it seems that Ferrari has been bitten by the nostalgia bug. Their latest two reveals are for a pair of roadsters that harken back to some of the original sports car designs from Enzo Ferrari circa 1950--specifically the 750 and 860 Monzas.
Back in the day, Ferrari’s Monzas were a force to be reckoned with in various racing series. They were smooth, fast, and above all, incredibly gorgeous. Powered by a 3.0-L or 3.4-L inline 4-cylinder, they combined incredible lightness (just 1,800 lbs!) with over 250 hp to achieve speeds that were hitherto unknown to road cars.
Now Ferrari is bringing back the Monza name with the Monza SP1 and SP2. These cars represent the first of the Icona series, which will showcase modern versions of classic Ferrari designs.
Both the SP1 and SP2 share much of their design with the Ferrari 812 Superfast, including the chassis and powertrain. That means a 6.5-L V12 under the hood producing 809 hp, and thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber in the body, weight is kept to around 3,300 lbs. Zero to sixty is done in just 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of over 183 mph.
The lack of a roof or even a windshield means that aerodynamics suffer somewhat at high speeds. Helmets aren’t just recommended--they’re mandatory.
On the inside, you’ll find a luxurious carbon fiber, leather, and Alcantara interior, paddle shifters for the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and a pair of carbon fiber seats wrapped in leather and given a 5-point racing harness.
These are just two of the 15 new cars Ferrari plans to introduce by 2022, which means we’re looking at an unprecedented expansion of Ferrari’s model lineup.
There’s no word on pricing or the number that will be produced, but as with any Ferrari, you can bet one of those numbers will be very small, and the other will be very big.