2018 Paris Motor Show: Ferrari’s Icona Series

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceIcona Series Introduced
Throughout its storied history, Ferrari has offered special limited-edition models. Typically these are the highest performance and most expensive models available from the famed Italian automaker, such as the F40, F50, Enzo or LaFerrari. Here in Paris at the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto, or 2018 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari introduced two new limited editions that are part of a special series called Icona — the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLook to the Past
Unlike previous special editions, the Icona series will feature models inspired by the most exciting Ferraris of the 1950s, but they will be decked out with the most advanced sports car technology — a fitting blend of old and new. Ferrari expects cars in the Icona series to appeal to its most avid customers and collectors.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceModern-Day Barchetta
The Monza SP1 and SP2 are intended to honor iconic Ferrari racing barchettas such as the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name barchetta — which means “little boat” in Italian — as well as the 750 Monza and 860 Monza. These race cars garnered multiple victories at racetracks in the 1950s, helping Ferrari become the legendary brand it is today.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceMonza SP1
Designed as a single-seat road car, the Monza SP1 offers a truly unique Ferrari experience for the street. The tonneau cover over the passenger area is reminiscent of the similarly-equipped Ferrari race cars from the 50s, which used the cover to improve aerodynamics when the passenger seat was not occupied.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceMonza SP2
The Monza SP2 has the same basic styling as the SP1. However, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen, this car is a two-seater, making it possible to share the glorious experience of driving a vehicle such as the SP2.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceUnique Design
Both Icona series vehicles employ extensive amounts of carbon fiber throughout, which result in an excellent power-to-weight ratio. Design elements are unique to this series, including headlights, taillights, wheels and interior trim.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceBig Power
Powering both the SP1 and SP2 is a 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces almost 800 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque, making this the most powerful V12 engine to emerge from the Ferrari factory in Maranello. Performance figures are impressive as expected — the sprint to 62 mph takes a mere 2.9 seconds, and 124 mph comes up in less than 8 seconds. Top speed is expected to exceed 186 mph.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceOpen-Air Driving
With no roof or windscreen, these first cars of Ferrari’s Icona series will give fortunate pilots a thrill normally reserved for open-wheel race car drivers — true open-air motoring. Because designers didn’t want to ruin the lines with a windscreen, the Monza SP1 and SP2 employ a “Virtual Wind Shield.” The fairing ahead of the instrument panel and steering wheel redirects at least part of the airflow away from the cockpit for a more comfortable drive.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceSold Out?
Although prices for the first two Icona series models have not been confirmed, we anticipate these unique Ferraris will cost well over $1 million each. And if the Monza SP1 and SP2 go the route of other special-edition Ferraris, they are likely already pre-sold.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1, SP2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFerrari Monza SP1

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience

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