The Ferrari Monza SP1 is a beautiful homage to a classic racer
Welcome to the Ferrari stand at the 2018 Paris Motor show and the star of the show is this.
Well, this and that.
This is the XP1, that's the XP2 Monza and apart of a whole new series that Ferrari's launching calling the Icona series.
So these are going to be limited production cars.
Celebrating the history of Ferrari.
Now they're going to produce 499 of these.
I think we split it and said it depends on what customers wan.
Lucky the few who are chosen to own one.
Each ones going to cost around 1.5 million pounds.
So what do you get for that?
Well, the cars are fundamentally based on the [INAUDIBLE] Which is just over here.
So you've got a wonderful engine that is exactly a six and half liter V12.
It actually increased power very slightly, so it's up to 810 ps from 800.
And torque has increased very very slightly as well.
The body work and the starting though is the big thing with this car.
So it's a very very Pure look, the Monza name that this is harkening back to, it's interesting because the original Monza's, the 750 and the 860 Monza of the 1950's were beautiful cars, but of course they were four cylinder cars, so they had this very clean Look to the bonnet, cuz where as the V12 cars had [UNKNOWN] carburetors, [UNKNOWN] so they had the bulge in the bonnet.
The four cylinders, the 750 and 860 had side draft carburetors and therefore had the clean look to the bonnet with the sweeping down nose that we have here.
It's an overall cleaner look compared to the other cars, less fussy I suppose.
And To my eyes, it's very, very beautiful.
They say they've got these big carbon fiber clam shells and you can see the [UNKNOWN] cover around here that's been split from the main body.
It also gives this amazing rear light that goes all the way around at the back.
So what are these cars gonna be like to drive?
Well, obviously that amazing sound Is gonna be that much more incredible because you're open to the air.
There's no windscreen you might notice in front of the driver so they've created what they're calling a virtual windshield which fans of the Renault Sport Spider might remember so you basically pushes air up in front of you to sort of deflect all sorts of stuff away from the driver.
A few other figures to add into that driving experience, not to 62 miles an hour in 2.9 seconds, not to 124 miles an hour in 7.9 seconds, and the top speed, well, that's slightly reduced because you got no wind screen, so they're saying in excess of 300 kilometers an hour, 186 miles an hour.
And the weight, by the way, as we expect, pretty light.
1500 kilos dry weight for the SP1 and 1520 kilos for the SP2.
Both cars are sitting on 21 inch wheels.
And they're saying that the suspension is gonna be slightly stiffer, so there's gonna be almost no roll in them whatsoever.
Given the way the 812 Superfast drives, it should be a pretty incredible experience.
So the only question is really One or two seats.
I honestly don't know really.
What would you choose?
Let us know, and keep watching CarFaction for all the other news from the Paris Motor Show of 2018.
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