Ferrari shows one-seat SP1 supercar with most powerful engine ever

The Ferrari Monza has something in common with the lauded LaFerrari

A black Ferrari Monza SP2 at the 2019 Goodwood Fes
A black Ferrari Monza SP2 at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed | Martyn Lucy/Getty Images

The Ferrari LaFerrari is a legend in the auto world. Packing 950 hp, it was the most powerful street-legal Ferrari when it debuted, Wired reported. Add in the fact that Ferrari made only 499 examples of this supercar, and the value skyrocketed even more.

Like the LaFerrari, the Ferrari Monza saw only a limited production of about 500 models. And though it’s not as well known as its lauded sibling, the Monza still garners attention from experts and enthusiasts, some of whom are willing to pay millions to own one.

Monza SP1 Safety

Despite a lack of most modern driver assistance features, the Monza SP1 should be safe enough. Both the NHTSA and IIHS have declined to review the Ferrari Monza SP1, and we thank them for sparing one of these beautiful pieces of art for the sake of a safety rating. The SP1 comes standard with electronic stability control, traction control, F1-Trac, an electronically operated limited-slip differential, and SCM-E with twin solenoids.

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The Chance to Create a New Icon

As Flavio Manzoni, Ferrari’s Head of Design since 2010, stood before a captivated audience at the Icona launch, he said: “The only way to become an icon is to create a timeless masterpiece. When my team and I realized there was the possibility to recreate the myth of a barchetta with a modern approach, the level of excitement, passion and creativity reached one of the highest peaks in eight years.”

Manzoni’s team took inspiration from several class

Manzoni’s team took inspiration from several classic Ferraris – the 166 S (1948-1953), 375 MM (1953-5) and the 750 Monza by Scaglietti (1954) – but nothing was borrowed directly. The Monza evokes past elegance while remaining decidedly modern and free of nostalgia. Looking over its design, I also see echoes of the 335 S (1957-8), 250 Testa Rossa (1957-1961), and two special projects from Pininfarina – the Rossa (2000) and the Sergio (2013).

Monza SP1 Trunk and Cargo Space

To many, it will come as a surprise that this seemingly uncompromised driving machine actually comes with a sort of trunk. Lift the rear trunk lid, and you're offered a space large enough to fit a backpack or two, or if you're at the track, a trio of helmets. Unlike its two-seat sibling, the SP2, the SP1 only offers space for a single driver, and small-item storage is limited, to say the least. There’s a small cubby alongside the driver with space for the key and maybe your wallet, but we'd recommend keeping your keys and cellphone in your jean pockets.

Conclusion: Can I Have One? Please?

I was unsure of the Monzas when they were first unveiled. They were just so…unexpected. Plus, I was never a great fan of the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss. But the more I read about Flavio Mazoni’s design thinking, the more I fell in love with the Monza concept.

At a cost of roughly $1.82 million and production capped at 499 for each version, owning one (or both) is a rarified experience even by Ferrari standards. But even at such high prices, expect Monzas to immediately skyrocket in value and gain true icon status within a decade or two.

Written by Christian Cipriani.

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