Paris - Ferrari says its new Monza SP1 and SP2 supercars will cost 1.6 million euros (R26 million) each for the 499 people lucky enough to be invited to buy one.

The clients must own multiple Ferraris already and have a long history with the brand.

They can choose either the one-seat Monza SP1 or the two-seat SP2, neither of which have windscreens and are open to the elements in true barchetta tradition. For their money, owners also get one or two helmets, bespoke drivers' overalls and shoes.

The cars have the most powerful naturally-aspirated V12 engine ever produced by Ferrari, delivering a white-knuckle 603kW at 8500rpm and 719Nm at 7000rpm. 

Ferrari, which displayed the cars at the Paris auto show that kicked off on Tuesday, says the new models take just 2.9 seconds to get to 100km/h from a standing start.

The price is based on the tax rate in Italy and will differ slightly in other markets, depending on their sales tax rates.

AP