2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Gumpert Tornante By Touring Superleggera

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Gumpert Tornante By Touring Superleggera

Gumpert Tornante By Touring Superleggera

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In just a few weeks time we’re about to see a handful of new supercar models launched.

Of course, we’re talking about the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, which will see the separate unveilings of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, Pagani Hauyra, Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package, Ferrari FF as well as this latest creation from Gumpert.

Just as we reported last month, Gumpert’s latest supercar is called the Tornante and its lines have been penned by the creative geniuses at Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera.

For the uninitiated, Gumpert, whose full name is Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur, is a German car manufacturer that for years has been building a series of world class supercars powered by heavily modified Audi engines. While its cars have always been very capable, its designs have always been lacking when compared with similar models from the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari, which is one of the main reasons the brand has largely remained off the radar whereas companies like Pagani have flourished.

That’s all about to change, thanks mostly to a little help from the guys at Touring Superleggera. This preview sketch of the new Gumpert Tornante shows a stylish supercar with gullwing doors, flowing lines and just the right amount of aggression.

Set to go on sale in 2012, the Gumpert Tornante is described as a two-seater coupe that’s been designed with efficiency in mind. Essentially, Gumpert has designed the car with the philosophy that everything that’s not essential should be removed.

Featuring composite body panels over a light chrome-molybdenum steel space frame and carbon fiber monocoque, the Tornante aims at lightness and torsional stiffness. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V-8, once again sourced from Audi, and peak output is rated at 700 horsepower. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via an automated manual gearbox with paddle shifters.

The 2011 Geneva Motor Show kicks off on March 1. You can follow our full coverage of the event by clicking here.

 
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