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Ferrari Reveals Monster Monza Barchetta

With yesterday's investor presentation detailing Ferrari's SUV-ready future, word came out that there was a new V12-powered super special car being previewed. Now the Italian automaker has officially revealed the Monza SP1 and SP2 and they're an amazing modern twist on the classic barchetta.

The Monza SP1 and SP2, with the numbers referring to how many seats the car has, are a look back at iconic road racing Ferraris of the past. Like the 1948 166 MM and the 750 and 850 Monzas. They were designed to win sports car championships for Ferrari, and they did.

This new version is a carbon-fibre look at that open-cockpit, no windshield racer. Ferrari says that it was designed as "an uncompromising single-seat road car that offers a truly unique experience behind the wheel." With only a tiny fairing between you and the air, we believe that. The SP1 lets a single occupant experience riding on the back of a pared-down V12-powered rocket and the SP2 lets you bring a friend.

The Monzas pack a 6.5L V12 engine that produces an astonishing 810 hp at 8,500 rpm and 530 lb-ft of torque. It's the most powerful road car engine the company has ever built, and it will launch the cars to 100 km/h in under two seconds on the way to a top speed north of 300 km/h. Bring a helmet.

The body is all carbon, as is the chassis. The interior is trimmed with "natural finish" carbon fibre for light weight. The hood is a massive one-piece unit that includes the fenders. The better to show off that V12, you see.

To go with the Monza, and because this is a Ferrari after all, there will be a range of apparel and accessories. The range of overalls, shirts, helmets, gloves and scarves were designed with luxury brands Loro Piana and Berluti and are available only to Monza owners.

Ferrari says one of the biggest challenges with the car was managing air in the cockpit. They created what they call a "virtual wind shield" that's tied into the instrument panel fairing. It deflects the wind away from driver and passenger. Some of it, anyway.

Expect to see this one... Well, probably never. At least not on the road. They're already sold, but we'll get to find out the price at the Paris Motor Show next month.