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Gumpert Tornante Unveiled

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On: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 6:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Gumpert Tornante Unveiled

Well, it looks like that mysterious teaser picture we saw earlier this month was indeed the Gumpert Tornante. Because Gumpert has pulled the cloth off its second car, and it's definitely one in the same. Gumpert's latest supercar brings a new level of refinement and comfort to its line, while not giving up much in terms of power and performance. 

The full name of the car identifies its origins: Tornante by Touring. The Touring refers to Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera. Realizing that while it had mechanical engineering pretty well covered, it didn't exactly make the sexiest cars, Gumpert outsourced the styling to the Italian firm.

And it paid off pretty well. The Tornante is more well proportioned and curvy than Apollo, if not a rival for Ferrari or Lamborghini in the looks department. The square LED taillights and the heavily raked, shooting-brake-like cabin give the car a sporty, streamlined look. I can't say I'm a big fan of the hard profile lines or lightning-bolt headlamps, but the car succeeds in what it was designed for: turning Gumpert into a tamer, more attractive supercar company.

As rumored, the Tornante uses the same Audi 4.2-liter V8 engine as the Apollo, though it's a little less powerful. It gets the ever-fashionable (see Lamborghini Aventador and Pagani Huayra) 691 horses and throws out 664 lb-ft of twist to go along with it. That engine should give all kinds of on-road performance when you consider the Tornante's composite body, carbon monocoque and chro-mo spaceframe build, but Gumpert hasn't released performance specs just yet.

Other equipment of interest includes aTT40e six-speed dual-clutch sequential transmission, 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and double wishbone suspension.

Gumpert has remained mum on pricing and availability for the Tornante, leaving us some news for another day. The car is expected for sale in Europe, the Middle East, and North America, and a hybrid or other alternatively-powered version will launch next year.

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