Ferrari Debuts Monza SP1 and SP2

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:49

Ferrari not only launched a new, limited edition duo of supercar barchettas with the Monza SP1 and SP2, but it also launched a fourth pillar of the brand. The house that Enzo built is calling the latter Icona—Italian for Icon—and if the Monzas are any sort of indication, expect to see some radical Ferraris in the future. But I’m jumping ahead. Let’s look at the Monzas.


What Are They?

Barchetta means “boat tale” in Italian, but Ferrari is using the term to mean a vehicle without a traditional windscreen. Both versions of the Monza come with a Virtual Windscreen, a carbon fiber hoop in front of the driver that diverts air up and over one’s head. You’ll probably want to wear a helmet anyhow, but luckily a custom fit one by Berluti comes with the car. You get a pretty nifty driving suit by Loro Piana, too.

Ferrari’s design team looked to the past—specifically the 166 MM and the 750 Monzo—for inspiration. But they did not want to go retro. All they wanted to take from the old cars was purity of line, harmony of shape, and the “Symbiosis between driver and car.”


Are They Fast?

Uh, yeah! Under the long hood sits a modified version of the screaming 6.5-liter V-12 from the 812 Superfast. In the Monza it makes 809 horsepower, up by 30 from 789 hp. The gains are mostly achieved via variable length intake ducts. Torque stays steady at 530 lb-ft. The chassis is in fact the aluminum undercarriage from the 812. The body, however, is mostly carbon fiber pieces with bits of Kevlar tossed in here and there. Ferrari says it’s fifteen percent lighter than aluminum panels.

Ferrari says 0-62 mph happens in 2.9 seconds, and 0-124 mph happens in 7.9 seconds. Top speed is greater than 186 mph. Probably much greater.


Why Two Versions?

If you like driving around with your friend, you’re going to want to opt for the Monza SP2, as it has two seats. Happiest by yourself? Opt for the monoposto, the single seater SP1, as there is literally no passenger seat. I’m not even sure the door opens (it probably does) but the space where the passenger seat would sit is encased by a tonneau cover. This is the one I would get. The SP1 is lighter than SP2 (Ferrari is claiming a “dry weight” of 3,306 pounds for the one seater, and 3,351 pounds for the duoposto. Also, “dry weight” is Italian for hahahahaha!!).


How Many Are They Building?

Great question. Less than 500 between the two models, and they will let customer demand determine the mix. If everyone listens to me, there will be no SP2s built save for the black one they showed. However, I’d imagine most customers are going to be a touch more mature and opt for the second seat. What a pity. Only time will tell.


How Much?

Ferrari won’t say officially until the Paris Motor Show, but I think $2,000,000 a pop is a pretty safe bet. A bargain, too, when compared to a limited edition like say the F60 America, which went for $2.5 million and was essentially just an F12 with the roof hacked off. Though Ferrari did only build 10. But hey, back to the Monzas. You get a free leather-wrapped carbon fiber helmet plus other clothing! Not the worst deal ever.


A New Pillar?

Yes—Ferrari now consists of four pillars: Sport, which is made up of 488 and 812 (as well as an upcoming mid-engine supercar); GT, which consists of Portofino, Lusso, and the upcoming SUV-ish vehicle, now called Purosangue; Special Series, including cars like Pista and the previous F12 TdF; and the new pillar, Icona, which for now only has the new Monza in its stable. Ferrari would not announce the cadence of offerings, but did say that going forward, Special Series and Icona will make up about 5 percent of the company’s sales volume each. Sport cars will be 50 percent, and GT machines will be the remaining 40 percent. Until the Purosangue shows up in 2021 for the 2022 model year and changes everything.

In other news…

Ferrari will bring out 15 new products from 2019 through 2022. And by 2022, 60 percent of Ferraris will be hybrids. We’ll see two flavors of the mid-engine Ferrari: a replacement for the 488 and a supercar above that—but not a hypercar.

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FCA Confirms Ram Midsize Pickup

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:00

We’ve long known that Jeep will have a pickup based on the current generation JL Wrangler. For a few years now, we’ve also heard rumblings of a Ram midsize pickup. Now, suppliers have confirmed to Automotive News that Ram will build its own midsize truck, and it will be body-on frame.

The suppliers revealed that Ram’s midsize pickup won’t be unibody as previously imagined, meaning it won’t be based on the Fiat Toro or the Ram 750 sold in Latin American markets. FCA’s new CEO, former Jeep and Ram boss Mike Manley, has disclosed plans of a midsize Ram pickup but didn’t reveal many details. However, he did say to expect the vehicle to arrive in 2020 as a 2021 model for the U.S. market.

FCA’s Toledo, Ohio plant, which is currently shut down for retooling since April of this year, will build Ram’s midsize truck alongside the Wrangler-based pickup. The report notes that the Jeep pickup isn’t expected to sell in high volumes like the Wrangler, allowing FCA to utilize the Toledo plant’s underused capacity by building Ram’s midsize offering. Before it closed for retooling, FCA’s Toledo facility had the capacity for 160,000 units, but it regularly produced well over 230,000 examples of the previous generation JK Wrangler every year.

The last time Ram had a midsize truck in its lineup was back in 2011 when it sold the Dakota. Before the Ram brand’s split from Dodge, the Dakota was sold for three generations with the first appearing in the 1987 model year. The third generation, which was sold from the 2005 to 2011 model years, was closely related to the Mitsubishi Raider and was offered with a choice of six- or eight-cylinder engines.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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Taunton given green light for Coal Orchard scheme

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:44
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2019 Subaru Ascent crossover SUV crashes well, scores Top Safety Pick+

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:42
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Tatton Group makes three appointments and relocates

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:37
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The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:12
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Volkswagen Debuts MEB Platform for Electric Vehicles

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:00

In Dresden, Germany, Volkswagen unveiled the platform that will underpin a proposed 10 million electric vehicles across its various brands. This platform will first appear underneath the Volkswagen I.D. set to enter production at the end of next year.

Designed specifically for electric vehicles, the MEB architecture can accommodate both small and large vehicles, and it makes it possible to install large batteries in the floor. An e-motor can sit at the front or the rear of the platform. Thanks to the flexibility of MEB, VW plans to achieve mass economies of scale. The platform also supports fast charging; VW says the battery can be replenished up to 80 percent in around 30 minutes.

VW says it will have 27 different models on the MEB platform worldwide across four of its brands by the end of 2022. After the I.D. hatch, which isn’t coming to the U.S., the I.D. Crozz crossover, I.D. Buzz van, and I.D. Vizzion sedan will enter production on the MEB platform. I.D. models will be produced in Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in Germany, set to become the brand’s first dedicated EV plant.

But MEB won’t be the automaker’s only platform for electric vehicles. Porsche’s upcoming electric sports car sits on a platform it developed in house called J1, while the Audi E-Tron Quattro uses a modified version of the MLB-evo platform seen on the A4 and other VW Group models. From around 2022 onward, Volkswagen will replace this platform with a new architecture called PPE, tailored for large, higher-performance luxury vehicles.

Source: Volkswagen

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Cloudscraper hires CPPIB's head of European CRE debt

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 16:55
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Hanro and iMpeC Developments unveil plans for 12,000 sq ft Durham office

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10,000 Mini Cooper Countryman crossover SUVs recalled over missing part

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Hermes and CPPIB put South Bank Central on the market for £280m

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2019 Nissan Pathfinder, Ram 2500 Power Wagon, Audi e-tron debuts: What's New @ The Car Connection

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German co-working provider enters UK with plans to build £500m business

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:07
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Aprirose sells 76 King Street for £18.25m

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Singapore's Centurion Group in Nottingham student accommodation buy

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:01
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Green light for Dagenham data centres

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:45
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Praxis lets Stockport building to Vodat

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:39
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Korean investment into the City of London set to reach record high

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:08
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CBRE strengthens healthcare team with four new hires

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:29
CBRE has announced four new hires to its healthcare team.
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