At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, German supercar maker Gumpert will debut the Tornante beside the existing Apollo Sport hypercar. The Gumpert Tornante, a two-seater touring superleggera, is based on a new central engine chassis and V8-powered driveline. Gumpert said that the new hypercar will open a “new class of automobiles born for the extremely dynamic and fast voyage, the Fast Tourers.”
The full details are not yet available but reportedly, the Gumpert Tornante features the original Superleggera construction principle: composite body panels on a space frame with carbon fiber monocoque.
Gumpert has set new benchmarks for driving dynamics of street legal cars with the apollo but Gumpert has requested the Milanese designer to include space, elegance and comfort to their typical sheer performance attitude. Gumpert claims that the product boasts a combination of “very Italian sporty elegance and German high-end engineering.”
A new world record was famously set by the apollo model in 2009. It was the fastest street legal car to lap the Nurburgring track, with a time of 7:11.57 minutes on the Nordschleife. However, this record was later broken by the Radical SR8LM. The Gumpert brand is symbolized by the griffin (a mythological creature that is half lion, half eagle) which epitomizes strength and speed, as well as earth and air.
Powering the Gumpert Tornante is the same V8 biturbo engine that powered the Gumpert Apollo. This V8 biturbo engine weighs just 196 kg, helping ensure the ideal weight and the outstanding driving dynamics of the Tornante. With an angle of 90 degrees between the two cylinder banks, this engine is certainly a classic 8-cylinder engine.
Fascinatingly, this engine began from the pure block from Audi, making it a complete in-house development. This means that the manufacturing process for the engine involved moving parts, turbo chargers, air and fuel management, dry sump lubrication and charged air duct.
The base variant of this V8 engine could provide up to 700 HP. However, the V8 will be optimized for the Fast Touring mission to make the vehicle more comfortable and more suitable for day-to-day use. In fact, a Gumpert Tornate with an alternative powertrain is being eyed for 2012.
This engine is mated to a fully synchronized automatic six-speed TT40e transmission sending power to the rear wheels. Its gears are arranged in a longitudinal direction in the path of travel, thereby ensuring a low center of gravity and optimal weight distribution.
This TT40e transmission of the Apollo -- which has an "e" that stands for electronic gear system – features extremely short gearshifts of up to 40 milliseconds (torque-to-torque). Moreover, rocker switches on the steering wheel allow for faster gear changes.
This Formula 1-type technology offers optimal comfort in consonance with best driving performance. Moreover, the Tornante also has a highly sensitive built-in suspension and maximized power from its double transverse control arm pushrod configuration both at the front and rear.
Thanks to the double wishbone system, there exists an optimal contact between the tires and the road surface. In addition, thanks to the suspension elements that are connected to the main frame, responsive reaction and precise handling have been guaranteed.