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Retro-Styled Spada Codatronca Monza One-Off Gets Specs

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On: Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 2:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

Retro-Styled Spada Codatronca Monza One-Off Gets Specs

Originally unveiled back at the Top Marques Monaco in April, the open-topped Spada Codatronca Monza now has a little more detail behind it. And everything we're seeing is absolutely impressive.

Built by the Italian firm Spada Vetture Sport, the Codatronca Monza pulls inspiration from the small, sexy roadsters of the 1960s and injects some inspiration from—well, we don't know exactly where it's from (actually we know it was the 2008 Codatronca Coupe, but where they got some of those ideas is the real mystery). The final design is one that I had to look at for a long, long time before deciding whether I like it or not. Incidentally, I do. The sharp, diamond-shaped headlights; prominent, trapezoidal air intakes; tiny windscreen; and drastic fuselage of a rear-end won't appeal to everyone, but definitely make a visual impression. You'll have to decide for yourself whether that's a good impression or bad impression.

There's not much deciding when it comes to the Monza's numbers, though. Despite the typical slowing of open-topped design, the Codatronca Monza hits 62 mph in a clean three seconds and doesn't lose the ability to accelerate until 208 mph. Equipment helping it achieve those numbers includes a 710-hp 7.0-liter supercharged V-8 and six-speed manual transmission with short gear ratios. A carbon-fiber-coated, tubular aluminum chassis and composite body keep weight under 2,600 lbs. Other components include Pirelli PZero Corsa tires over lightweight Oz Ultra-leggera wheels. Brembo brakes bring this airy bullet to a stop.

The roadster was commissioned by Spada's corporate partner Aznom, which worked closely on the car's race-inspired interior. It stands as a one-off, but the company will build other models on demand. According to Spada's press release, the car will also inspire a street-legal production model. No pricing updates, but last we heard, this one was rumored somewhere between $350,000 and $400,000.

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dwalter | 3:27PM (Mon, Jul 18, 2011)

Bad impression. Seems like they took a lot of ideas from older Corvettes (which is cool), but the front end looks crazed and bucktoothed and the dash looks rushed and uninspired. It sure is fast though.

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