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German Grunt, Italian Looks, Gumpert Reveals the Tornante

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On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 1:44PM | By: Chris Weiss

German Grunt, Italian Looks, Gumpert Reveals the Tornante

Problem: German supercar-maker Gumpert makes a powerful, visceral, two-seat hypercar known as the Apollo. While exhilarating in terms of capabilities, its raw, unrefined interior and exterior haven't been all that appealing to the type of pampered clientele that could actually afford one.

Solution: The Tornante, a more attractive two-seater designed with the help of Italian design firm Touring Superleggera. The new Gumpert brings a higher level of aesthetics, comfort, and sophistication without losing too much of the sheer, unapologizing performance of the Apollo.

While Gumpert hasn't given a full-body reveal, it has released the first picture of the car's front end. Upon looking at it, we immediately see the refinement that Touring Superleggera brought to the table. Rather than the large, unshapely front end in the Apollo, we see more more finely molded curves and shapes. But with its huge air intakes, the Tornante still looks just as mean and powerful as the Apollo. The car is also fitted with gullwing doors—a feature that seems to be becoming ubiquitous in supercar styling (see: the Mercedes SLS AMG and Pagani Huayra).

Underneath that shapely Italian body, the Tornante is all Gumpert at heart. The car sits on a chrome-molybdenum steel space frame and keeps things light with a carbon monocoque tub and composite body panels. The Tornante receives motivation from the same engine as the Apollo: a twin-turbo 4.2-liter Audi V8. In the Tornante, that engine gets tuned to around 700 hp and is mated to a TT40E six-speed automated manual transmission with paddle shifting.

For its Geneva debut, the Tornante will be in prototype form. Gumpert is still in the process of testing its new model and expects to get the model to market sometime next year. The company has indicated that the Tornante will likely make it to the U.S. market (yay!). It has also hinted at an alternatively powered version, such as a hybrid, electric, or diesel. Hopefully, we'll have a few more details on that powertrain and the Tornante's performance come [Geneva] showtime.

And for those who prefer the track-centric Apollo, Gumpert will continue to build that model alongside the Tornante.

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