And the details are simply spectacular.
Ferrari has announced a new limited edition special series called Icona, and the first two models in the series, the SP1 and SP2, were revealed at a private event in Italy. Now Ferrari has brought these special cars to the 2018 Paris Motor Show where we can get a closer look at them.
Both the SP1 and SP2 were designed to harken back to the old Barchetta race cars of the 1950s, legends such as the 166 MM, 750 Monza, and 860 Monza. Like the cars of the past, these new models don't have any form of roof. The SP1 is more like the race cars because it only features a single seat, while the SP2 removes the tonneau cover over the passenger side to include a second seat.
Ferrari has given both cars a soul, courtesy of the 6.5-liter V12 from the 812 Superfast. Not only does this V12 engine sound fantastic, but Ferrari has actually increased the output to around 800 horsepower at 8,500 rpm, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated V12 ever produced by the company. Enzo Ferrari used to say that "If there is such a thing as a soul, engines have one," and this certainly rings true with the SP1 and SP2.
Even though both cars lack a windshield, Ferrari has designed what it calls the "Virtual Wind Shield." This system is integrated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel and causes the wind to pass right by the driver. We'd still want to wear a helmet to protect from larger hazards, but luckily Ferrari has thought of that already.
Ferrari wanted to connect these cars to their heritage, so it worked with luxury companies Loro Piana and Berluti to design apparel and accessories exclusively for owners. SP1 and SP2 owners will be decked out with driver's overalls including trousers and a bomber jacket, a scarf, special lace-up Oxford driving shoes, and a carbon-fiber/leather helmet that will be fitted to the owner and match the leather of the car. None of these items will be sold separately, and are included with the price of the car (priced at 1.6 million Euros in Italy).
Like all Ferrari models, the SP1 and SP2 will still come with the company's extended seven-year maintenance program. This will cover all regular maintenance for the first seven years of the car's life.
Ferrari will build 499 units of the SP1 and SP2, split according to customer demand. All have been sold, but given it takes one day to produce each model, it'll be a while before the next model in this exclusive range is revealed.