Is Ferrari about to get on the Speedster bandwagon?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
10 Aug 2018

The Prancing Horse is to reveal a new model mid-September, and it might be a speedster.

The plans were announced via an event on a special section of the website reserved for owners, but Ferrari posted the teaser image above, and the codename for the vehicle: F176.

While the image gives away approximately nothing, we can speculate to our heart’s content. The lines in the picture look like a car with a very small windshield, which could hark back to the 1957 250 Testa Rossa. Rumours are suggesting Ferrari will base the special car on the 812 Superfast, and have the moniker ‘812 Monza’. 

The standard Superfast uses a 6.5-litre V12 with 588kW and 718Nm, and it is unclear if the new model will have a higher output. Not that it will need it, as the coupe requires just 2.9 seconds to hit 100km/h and will continue to pull until 340km/h. That means, if the car is indeed a speedster variant, it will soundly trounce Porsche's Speedster, which will employ a 4.0-litre flat six good for 372kW and a sub-four second 0-100km/h time.

When the Monza debuts on September 17, it will follow the special-edition J50, a 488 Spider-based tribute to 50 years of Ferrari in Japan. Expect it to be extremely limited, and completely sold out.

Those keen for a droptop Fezza won’t have until then to get their fix, as a 488 Pista Aperta convertible is expected to be unveiled later this month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It will be based on the normal 488 Pista, as you’d expect, meaning the uprated 530kW/770Nm 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8, revised chassis and 90kg diet. It could also include a new targa top design. Production will reportedly be capped to an as-yet-unknown number.

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