What is Ferrari Icona?

February 20th, 2019 by

Ferrari Icona is at once a homage to the Prancing Horse’s past and an embrace of its future, blending modern engineering and technology with the vintage styling that helped to turn Ferrari into the iconic supercar manufacturer that it is today. Ferrari’s Icona models have drawn inspiration from the iconic Ferraris of the 1950s, and the first models in the series—the Monza SP1 and SP2—have already been released in extremely limited quantities.

Now, a new Icona model, the Daytona SP3, will be making its own debut. Inspired by the Ferrari vehicles of the 1960s—considered by many to be the Golden Age of racing—the Ferrari Daytona SP3 will feature the Prancing Horse’s most powerful internal combustion engine ever.

The Inspiration of the Icona Series

Icona is Italian for “icon,” so it’s fitting that the Icona series hearkens to the past while welcoming the future. Models produced under this banner will be designed to appeal to collectors and enthusiasts who wish to embrace Ferrari’s rich heritage with arms wide open.

Enrico Galliera, Ferrari’s Head of Marketing, described the Icona line with these words: “timeless design of iconic Ferraris reinterpreted with innovative materials and state-of-the-art technology.”

The SP1 and SP2 are the first Icona models to be made, and their design is inspired by three classic Ferraris: the 250 Testarossa, 166 MM, and 750 Monza.

The Daytona SP3 takes its inspiration from the 1960s, and more specifically from a particular, now-legendary victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race that took place in 1967. In this contest, three Ferrari vehicles brought home Gold, Silver, and Bronze, beating out all so-called rivals and competitors. These three vehicles were a Ferrari 330 P3/P4, a Ferrari 330 P3, and a Ferrari 412 P—and it’s these vehicles that have directly inspired the latest entry in the Icona series. The equally iconic Ferrari 512S was also considered during the design process.

Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

Only 500 of these limited edition Ferrari Icona cars will be produced, and Ferrari describes the Monza SP1 and SP2 as “probably the closest and purest driving experience to Formula 1” due in part to their open-air cockpits—a boast backed up by the fact that both models are capable of reaching 62 mph from a standstill in under three seconds.

Both models share the same 809-hp naturally aspirated 6.5L V12 engine, but their incredible performance is about more than just what’s under the hood. Both feature a new aluminum chassis based on that of the 812 Superfast, along with a carbon fiber body made with the same production techniques used by Ferrari’s Formula 1 team.

Both the SP1 and SP2 are open-air road cars that give drivers the opportunity to enjoy the wind in their hair together with the thrill of driving a limited edition supercar. The SP1 is a single-seater that offers a pure connection with the road, while the SP2 shares much of the design elements of its twin car, but includes a second seat.

Ferrari Monza SP2

Ferrari Daytona SP3

We’ve already mentioned that the latest addition to the Icona series will feature the most powerful internal combustion engine that has ever been seen in a Ferrari: a naturally aspirated 6.5L V12 engine that delivers 829 horsepower. Armed with this engine—known as the F140HC—the SP3 races from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.85 seconds, or from 0 to 124 mph in 7.4 seconds flat. It can also reach a top speed of more than 211 mph. There’s nothing quite like the roar of a naturally aspirated V12, and we expect the SP3 to offer a touring experience like no other.

The chassis of the Ferrari SP3 Daytona utilizes T800 and T1000 carbon fiber composites, and the result is a record-breaking weight-to-power ratio. The mid-rear engine mount is paired with rear-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and since the model’s two seats have been integrated into the chassis, it’s safe to say that the SP3 keeps you very close to the action. Like the SP1 and SP2, the SP3 features an open cockpit and a modern, aerodynamic exterior with unmistakable details and finishes.

The Future of the Ferrari Icona Series

This Ferrari Icona’s price comes in at approximately $2.25 million, but all 599 models in the limited edition Daytona SP3 series have been claimed at the time of this writing. The good news is that Enrico Galliera has given us reason to believe that four or five new Icona concepts are already in the works! Only time will tell us how and if they’ll become available, but if you’re anything like the drivers we know, we’re sure that you’ll be waiting on the edge of your seat for more details.

Learn More With Continental AutoSports Ferrari

To learn more about the Monza SP1 and SP2, the Daytona SP3, or the exciting future of the Ferrari Icona series, contact Continental AutoSports Ferrari. We’ve been a supercar institution in the Chicago area for years, and we serve enthusiasts from Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and throughout the continental United States.

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