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Bertone Celebrates 100 Years With Nuccio Concept

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On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bertone Celebrates 100 Years With Nuccio Concept

Sometimes the past should remain in the past. Like when bands that were good 30 years ago get back together for no good reason. Or when an Italian design house..say Bertone... decides to recreate one of its most famous designs 40 years later.

In teasing the Nuccio, Bertone promised to reimagine the iconic wedge shape that underpinned some of its most famous concepts from the past. We were actually excited to see what modern day, ultra-low wedge styling looked like. Then we saw it. We're not excited anymore.

To be fair, the Nuccio is far from the worst concept we've seen. In fact, the Geneva Motor Show is surely filled with many other concepts that are worse. It's just not really the revolutionary, redesigned Stratos HF Zero that we were anticipating. The elements that made the original so striking - like its sharp, clean angles and simple styling - have been lost in a rather busy, oddly styled duck.

We don't quite get the strange lipped roof, and the curvy fenders, hood and rear are just so ordinary. Instead of the funky windshield-entry, we get a pair of ordinary doors. It probably has a dashboard, too. It's not a terrible design in its own right, but it's definitely not a show stopper like the HF Zero.

The Nuccio is a mid-rear-engined sports car. It reportedly borrows a 480-hp 4.3-liter V-8 engine from Ferrari. We'd imagine that engine has to do some damage on a track when combined with the Nuccio's low-to-the-ground, aerodynamic shape, but Bertone hasn't released any numbers to satisfy our curiosity.

The Nuccio was created in celebration of Bertone's 100th birthday. It is named after Nuccio Bertone, one of the influential past leaders of the company. After Geneva, Bertone will take it to other events around the world, including the Beijing Auto Show and Concorso Italiano in Laguna Seca, California.

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dwalter | 3:26PM (Thu, Mar 8, 2012)

Looks like a Corvette mated with a hand vac

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