Feature Flick: Get Up Close and Personal With the Spada Codatronca Monza

Italian boutique automaker Spada puzzled the automotive world three years ago with its tribute to flat-backed European sports cars of yore, the Codatronca. Fast forward to April of this year, when the company unveiled its next concept, the Codatronca Monza roadster, at the Top Marques Show in Monaco. Now, Italian tuner Aznom has commissioned Spada to build it a Monza of its own, and has produced this artsy video highlighting the ultra-exotic car.

You may remember that the Spada Codatronca had us scratching our heads when it was first announced for production in 2008. With outrageous styling penned by designer Ercole Spada -- famous for his work on the Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, among other creations -- the Codatronca seemed too avant-garde to see the light of day as a production model, even in limited numbers. But no matter what we thought of the car’s design, its performance credentials were undeniable, owing to its C6 Corvette underpinnings and Z06 power plant.

The Monza takes that performance one step further, adding twin superchargers to the 7.0-liter V-8 good for 720 hp. An aluminum chassis and composite bodywork contribute toward the car’s 1180-kg (2600-lb.) curb weight. As far as styling goes, the Monza seems to tone it down a bit from the original, having a slightly less awkward rear end.

The video is dramatic and pretty to look at, but we can’t help feeling it rips off the intro to Sony’s Gran Turismo 4 just a little. The camera pans across the car’s body as an epic choral track plays in the background, intercut with scenes of a driver and pit crew preparing to take the Monza out on track. A few facts about the car are flashed onscreen, including a claim of zero to 62 mph in three seconds. Once on track, we get to see the car power slide around a corner, but the car mostly just drives casually in a straight line the entire time.

Sure, the video is a bit of a tease. But if you’re a fan of the standard Codatronca, this clip has no shortage of shots of the roadster version of that Italian supercar’s unconventional lines. Though this car is currently a one-off, Spada will build you a Monza to order if a Lamborghini or Ferrari isn’t unique enough for you.

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