Ferrari’s Monza SP1 and SP2 Combine Twenty first Century Tech With Nineteen Fifties Cool

Think about the pickle through which Ferrari finds itself. Customers need SUVs. Regulators need electrics. Thus will the long-lasting automobile firm make a plug-in hybrid SUV, to be referred to as the Purosangue—Italian for thoroughbred. Quotidian calls for, met. The true Ferrari aficionado, although, doesn’t need autos that cater to hand-wringing bureaucrats or drivers who must do issues like go locations with their youngsters and groceries. Which is why, at its Capital Markets Day convention this week, the automaker introduced the launch of a brand new car line it calls Icona.

The road begins with a pair of sports activities vehicles that blend basic racing fashion from the Nineteen Forties and ’50s with the perfect that Twenty first-century engineering has to supply—together with probably the most highly effective engine Ferrari has ever made.

The 2 vehicles, the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2, are practically similar, besides the SP2 has room for 2 people, and the SP1’s tonneau cowl blocks off half the cockpit, leaving simply sufficient room for simply the motive force. The vehicles are styled merely, with nary a daring line or hulking wing to be discovered. A slight narrowing on the waist offers the Monzas a near-hourglass determine. As Ferrari’s press workforce places it, “Visually complicated options, resembling these seen on current racing vehicles, have been prevented.”

Ferrari says each vehicles are a callback to the 1948 166 MM, one of many vehicles that helped it rack up World Sports activities Automotive Championship victories within the ’40s and ’50s.

The engine in query is a 6.5-liter V12, good for practically 800 horsepower (when revved as much as 8,500 rpm) and 530 pound-feet of torque. Put these numbers in a carbon-fiber ballet slipper of a automobile that weighs simply 3,306 kilos (the SP2, with its second seat, is 45 kilos heavier), and also you get from zero to 62 mph in lower than 3 seconds. (When you want proof of how a lot enjoyable electrical vehicles may be, think about that that’s barely quick sufficient to beat many battery-powered each day drivers.) Keep on the fuel for an additional 5 seconds and also you’ll hit 124 mph. Keep on it even longer and also you’ll finally prime out at 186 mph. Which ought to be a lot quick, given the dearth of a windshield.

Keen to make sure that you look the half on this retromobile—rumored to value seven figures—Ferrari introduced in luxurious outfits Loro Piana and Berluti to make a “gentlemen-driver-inspired” helmet, gloves, scarf, driving sneakers, and racing overalls. Fancy, fancy overalls.

The Guardian experiences that Ferrari will produce fewer than 500 of the issues, and—no shock—it has already bought all of them. However hey, perhaps you’d like a pleasant, sensible, SUV as a substitute?

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