Stile Bertone reveals Nuccio mid-engine concept ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 24, 2012

Stile Bertone will unveil a mid-engine concept for a high-performance coupe at the Geneva Motor Show this March, marking the centenary of the Italian design house. It is dubbed Nuccio, which is name of the son of company founder Giovanni Bertone -- Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone. Giuseppe Bertone transformed the virtually unknown family business into an Italian design icon in his 60 years of leadership.

In 1997, he died at an age of 83. The Nuccio takes inspiration from the renowned 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero concept. It has a tensile steel roof that provides high structural resistance at a low weight. The stylish Stratos Zero still has a contemporary design today, but it has a height of just 830mm, which makes it almost impossible for a tall person to drive it.

The Nuccio has a height of 1220mm. Bertone design director Mike Robinson related that they have decided to take one of the "most spectacular" concept vehicles in the company's history and in the automobile's history for that matter in order to create a "futuristic interpretation" of it. There had been various attempts to make a contemporary interpretation of the Stratos Zero in the past 40 years, but they fell short of the expectations of vehicle enthusiasts.

Robinsons added that the problem of reinterpreting masterpieces is "simple." He explained that when one comes too close to the original, there will be no added value. On the other hand, if one is too far from the original, there will be no resemblance to the masterpiece and thus, the resulting model will not be considered "a continuation." Robinsons further stated that a modern supercar must have "much more livability inside" without sacrificing its "wow factor outside."

Because of this, they took a very contemporary, mid-engine two-seat sports vehicle as their "donor car" and developed the Nuccio around it, Robinsons explained. Bertone disclosed that the vehicle will utilize a 483hp 4.3-liter V-8 engine, but has not disclosed details about the origin of Nuccio's powertrain.

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The concept car that Bertone will world preview at the Geneva Motor Show (8-18 March) to celebrate its Centenary is called the Nuccio, after the never-to-be-forgotten master of Italian styling in the world.

The Nuccio is an "extreme" sportscar that puts an evolutionary imprint on the concept that is built into Bertone's dna: the mid-rear engined berlinetta. Formally, the Nuccio takes its layout from the low, muscular one-box design that is part of the company's historic tradition. At the same time, it displays a styling language of strong emotional impact that projects the brand's identity into the future.

The Nuccio will be under the spotlight at all the events scheduled for the Bertone Centenary. After the Geneva Show the car will be taken to Beijing (April) and to the Turin National Car Museum (May) where, at a gala evening, a historic exhibition will be inaugurated that will stay open till the summer. Bertone is also sponsoring the annual congress of Automotive News Europe (June) that will be displaying the Nuccio during its proceedings. Finally, the Concorso Italiano at Laguna Seca, California, USA (August) will be dedicated to Bertone as will a special edition of the Florence Unique Special Ones (September), two events that will be attended by the most important international collectors along with their vehicles.

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