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Ferrari launches Icona series with Monza SP1 and SP2

New speeders inspired by 750 and 860 Monzas of yesteryear but powered by cutting-edge 798bhp V12 engine

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Ferrari is launching a new limited-edition Icona series that will see a host of classic racing and road models reimagined as modern cars. 

The marque has kicked off the exclusive new range with two limited-edition speedsters that are heavily inspired by the 166MM grand tourer from 1948 and the 750 and 860 Monzas of the mid-1950s. 

Called the Monza SP1 and SP2, the first two Icona arrivals are based on the same platform as the company’s new 812 Superfast, with the same naturally aspirated V12 engine and 789bhp power output.

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According to Ferrari, the new Monza models’ high engine output, and relatively light 1,500kg weight, take the racing-inspired supercars from zero to 62mph in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 186mph.

The two cars look almost identical and are powered by the same engine, but are set apart by the seating.

The SP1 is a single-seater supercar with a large metal panel covering the area where a second seat would usually be found. The SP2 features a more standard two-seat layout.

Both models feature classic design cues, including an elegant grille inspired by the 750 Monza and the muscular wheel arches of the 860 Monza. And like the vintage racing cars, the SP1 and SP2 have large air intakes in front of the doors.

According to Ferrari, the two newcomers’ more “radical” styling traits include the compact doors, single-piece carbon fibre bonnet and the omission of a full windscreen.

Inside, both the SP1 and SP2 get bucket seats and the latest generation of the carmaker’s gadget-laden steering wheel. The centre console is dotted with buttons and switches, which presumably control the vehicle’s driver modes. 

Like most of Ferrari’s exclusive cars, however, the likelihood of spotting one of the road is slim. The SP1 and SP2 each cost around £3m - significantly more than the £260,000 price tag on the 812 Superfast. 

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