The Monza SP1 does not feature a fixed or soft top, or any kind of weather protection for that matter, but the driver of one of Ferrari’s specials was unfazed when he had to deal with the rain in Kuwait, of all places.
It may not be a wise choice to drive with no cover in such conditions, but the Ferrari took it in its stride, with nothing malfunctioning despite being soaked in water.
Mind you, if it did, then it probably would’ve been an expensive fix, given that each of the 499 units that will be produced starts from nearly $1.75 million. And that’s for those who managed to secure a factory fresh example, as anyone who’s interested from buying a “used” one or a build slot from an owner who wants to flip it, will have to deal with a substantial premium.
Unveiled last fall, the SP1 and SP2 draw inspiration from some of the brand’s iconic classic cars. Both of them have a stunning design and the only thing that sets them apart from each other is the tonneau cover over the passenger area in the SP1, which makes it a single-seater, whereas the SP2 can accommodate a passenger.
Powering them is a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 coming straight from the 812 Superfast. Its output has been bumped by 10 PS (10 hp / 9 kW) to 810 PS (799 hp / 596 kW), while torque sits at 719 Nm (530 lb-ft) of torque. Consequently, the two speedsters need a mere 2.9 seconds to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) and have a top speed in excess of 300+ km/h (186+ mph).