It comes in two editions called SP1 and SP2 that feature one or two seats, and it is built on an improved version of the 812 Superfast chassis.
The bodywork was completely redesigned by Ferrari’s Centro Stile, giving the Barchetta style a modern-day makeover. It features a clean, minimalist, yet elegant design that perfectly combines the iconic silhouettes of the 1950s racecars with the futuristic style of modern Ferrari models.
Opening the small scissor doors reveals the minimalist interior, which features a carbon-fiber single-piece seat upholstered in leather, a multifunction steering wheel, and a plastic instrument panel loaded with ugly physical buttons looking like something you would see in a Golf MkV.
In the SP2, the additional passenger seat is separated from the drivers’ side by a central carbon-fiber section, and the occupant is treated to a small leather glove compartment.
However, Ferrari’s modern interpretation of the Barchetta uses a revolutionary virtual windshield, which is essentially an aerodynamic section underneath the driver’s side of the cockpit.
The air flowing over the hood is enhanced and deflected vertically through it, which is supposed to create an upwash that deflects the air over the driver’s head at low speeds.
On the SP2, the passenger side does not feature the same technology; instead, a small polycarbonate windscreen is installed to protect the occupant.
Virtual windshield or not, the car was built to recreate the raw driving experience of the iconic Barchetta race cars and should be enjoyed on the track (preferably Monza) at full speed while wearing a helmet.
Using this mechanical muscle, the Monza SP can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in less than three seconds, according to Ferrari. The company also claims the SP1 and SP2 can come to a complete stop from that speed in just 32 meters (104 feet) thanks to the high-performance braking system developed by Brembo.
The Monza SP1 and SP2 are, without a doubt, some of the most beautiful sports cars ever created. Although they are insanely powerful and built to be raced, they will certainly become collector’s items, sitting comfortably in a state-of-the-art garage.
Ferrari is building 500 of them with prices starting around €1.6 million ($1.9 million), but if you just won the lottery and want to see if the virtual windshield can deflect rocks at 240 kph (150 mph), having the money won’t be enough to own this future classic. The carmaker will only sell an SP1 or SP2 to owners of other iconic Prancing Horse models.