Gumpert releases teaser for Tornante by Touring Superleggera

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 13, 2011

Gumpert has released a teaser image for the Tornante by Touring Superleggera model that will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show. Fans surely know the Gumpert Apollo to be one of the most powerful hypercars in the world so any new release is bound to generate some excitement. This image was intended to give the impression that the car is being seen in a dream. It is believed that the Tornante by Touring doesn’t offer as high a performance as the Gumpert Apollo.

However, the car is still expected to offer a high level of “go-fastness” but in a more relaxed manner, combining this with a GT attitude. Italian design house Touring Superleggera signed the design.

2011 Geneva Motor Show will be the setting for another exceptional world premiere. Specifically, TOURING SUPERLEGGERA will be revealing its latest design concept -- the GUMPERT TORNANTE. This static style model was planned and engineered in order to complement the V8-powered driveline and its new central engine chassis.

The Tornante is expected to become part of the GUMPERT model line by 2012. While the 2-seater coupe was being developed, TOURING was contracted to come up with a design that would combine comfort, elegance, and space into a package that already has competition engineering and motorsports imbedded to it. From these efforts came the Fast Tourers, a possible new class that has characteristics that include performance, pleasure, and superior efficiency.

Due to the dynamic properties and performance goals, the designer was faced with some tight constraints. While extra attention was given to the ergonomics and comfort, the designers also made sure to recognize the importance of ground effect, ventilation of the engine and brakes, and the aerodynamics. From two different viewpoints, both the GUMPERT and TOURING follow the principle of removing everything that is not necessary.

As a result, its shape is well-balanced, efficient, and clean. Even the rear portion has ground-breaking proportions. Standard features would of course include the wide rear hood and the gull-wing opening of the two doors. It has a chrome-molybdenum steel space frame that has a carbon fiber monocoque with composite body panels placed over the frame. The reason for this is that Tornante had to have torsional stiffness and be a light vehicle.

This is the same idea that echoes the construction method of the original Superleggera. This is a method that Touring patented in 1936. While the Tornante continues to have the DNA of the GUMPERT Apollo, it is now equipped with the Biturbo V8 engine.

This 4.2-liter engine is able to deliver 700 HP. The drivetrain though is an offshoot of Apollo and has the TT40e gearbox with its paddle shift control as standard equipment.

While it also has the Apollo’s built-in double-wishbone suspension arrangement, it has been improved to meet the needs of the Fast Touring mission profile. In addition to the basic version, an alternative powered Tornante is scheduled for 2012.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

After seeing spy shots only last year, what we thought was the new Meriva MPV turned out to be something else entirely. Opel welcomes the new Crossland X, its newest...
by - January 19, 2017
The 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, one of the newest members of the all- wheel drive set-up, is set to hit the roads this winter. Opel’s latest flagship model has...
by - January 18, 2017
McLaren has officially confirmed the arrival of the second generation of its Super Series. No, McLaren hasn’t unveiled the next-gen Super Series, but it has confirmed that it will take...
by - January 6, 2017
Nearly two weeks after teasing us with two rendered illustrations of the next generation of the Kia Picanto small car, the South Korean carmaker has released official images of the...
by - January 6, 2017
The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Avio had its premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show together with the Lamborghini Centenario. The special edition vehicle will only be available in 250...
by - March 15, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries