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Gumpert Tornante Teased...Maybe?

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On: Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 10:23AM | By: Chris Weiss


Gumpert Tornante Teased...Maybe?

Supercar pictures are just falling out of the sky this week. With a big show like Geneva coming up next week, it's not that surprising, but it sure is fun trying to piece it all together.

This latest photo appears to be a teaser of the Gumpert Tornante by Touring. Only no one can seem to trace it back to Gumpert, leaving us to assume its the Tornante without any confirmation. But, looking at the large curves in front and back connected by a straight belt line, and the rear-orientated cabin, it certainly resembles the first Tornante picture. So we'll just assume that's what we're looking at. Since Gumpert already revealed more of the car in its initial released rendering, we're thinking maybe this is a teaser that it never used.

Designed by Touring Superleggera, the Tornante is Gumpert's answer to a more refined, sophisticated supercar. The car will bear power and performance similar to the raw, track-designed Apollo, but in a more visually-pleasing, comfortable package.

The Tornante will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.2-liter Audi V8 worth around 700 hp. That engine will be paired with a six-speed automated manual transmission. Around that powertrain, Gumpert has used a plethora of lightweight design tricks, including a chrome-molybdenum steel space frame, carbon monocoque tub, and composite body panels.

There's no indication as to what the Tornante's performance will be, so we're left looking at the Apollo's dreamy numbers (3.1 seconds to 62 mph and 224 mph top speed) and hoping that the Tornante doesn't lose too much from there.

While the new photo doesn't reveal much new detail, it does show that Touring has refined the entire exterior. In place of the Apollo's rough, crowded rear fascia, it appears that Touring has created a much simpler, cleaner look with two sets of square LED taillights. We're excited to see the full reveal next week.

In addition to the gas-powered V8 version of the Tornante, Gumpert plans an alternative-fuel model for next year. No details are yet available as to what fuel Gumpert has in mind.




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Michigander | 1:22PM (Mon, Feb 28, 2011)

If the redesigned the back side as it appears I for one would not complain. So far the body as a whole looks to be a much needed improvement.



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