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Fornasari RR99: An Odd Frankenstein If Ever We've Seen One

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On: Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 5:30PM | By: Chris Weiss


Fornasari RR99: An Odd Frankenstein If Ever We've Seen One

A luxury grand tourer with off-road ability. Nothing too revolutionary there, but it's likely to be a bit of a mish-mosh as a company tries to inject luxury and refinement into a hard-nosed, off-road-ready package. The stage is set for a Frankenstein-like vehicle, and Italian coachbuilder Fornasari acts out the play in superb fashion.

Fornasari's RR99 is essentially a luxury crossover, designed to deliver comfort and appeal within a capable package. The thing about this car is that the package is a collage of parts and styling from around the world. The car shares taillights with Lamborghini, a hood and headlamps with Aston Martin, and stacked exhaust tips with Lexus.

It's a true Frankenstein if ever we've seen one, and it doesn't necessarily pull it off. That gaping mouth, for instance, just isn't really the place that you want to see the curvy hood end. And the rear quarter is not necessarily something you want to see on any car, ever.

The Europe-Japan tour takes a stop in the United States when you look under the hood of the RR99. It features a 610-hp 6.0-liter GM V-8, which puts it at 60 mph in 3.8 seconds onward and upward to 174 mph. Not bad for a car with that package of luxury and ruggedness, but not exactly good enough to make up for that misshapen body, either.

Fornasari is taking orders now, though we're not sure the pricing on this monster.


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