The German company that brought us the extreme Apollo hypercar teamed up with Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera to create the Tornante, a more refined, GT-style version of the Apollo, that will go on sale in 2012. It defines a new class of automobiles, born for extremely dynamic and fast voyage: the Fast Tourers.
When selecting the partner for the new model’s body design, Gumpert recognised that elegance is part of the genetic code of Touring Superleggera’s creations. Even more remarkably, the paradigm of elegance was applied by Touring to race cars too. From the inspiring Alfa Romeo 8C2900 to the1940 Mille Miglia winner BMW 328, the Ferrari 166 and 340, redoubtable race machines were blessed with singular grace.
The design and body engineering are the work of Touring Superleggera, a company with a rich history that goes bck to 1926, and which is also known for the Bentley Continental Flying Star shooting-brake. The 2-seater Tornante builds on the style of the Apollo, yet its appearance is less edgy and more luxurious. Details that underline its Gumpert DNA, such as the huge frontal and lateral air intakes have been reshaped in a more pleasant way for the eye, while the racing-style cabin, the high-sitting rear-view mirrors and the gull-wing doors have been retained.
Touring was intrigued by the challenge from the young, vital and ambitious sports car manufacturer, known for its uncompromised orientation to efficiency, high quality engineering and the constant quest for better performance.
In the development work, the teams from the two companies discovered soon that they shared the same respect for efficiency and essentiality. This facilitated the subsequent stages of engineering and feasibility study, and the merger of body and chassis required only minor adjustments from both sides.
At the rear, the Apollo’s huge wing gave way to an elegant extension of the cabin, whose main attraction is the split rear window. Design refinement aside, Touring Superleggera also worked on improving passenger and luggage space, comfort, access and ventilation, and noise levels. Gumpert’s engineers used an Apollo-derived space frame chassis with the same central engine layout for the Tornante. The Tornante replicates the original Touring Superleggera construction principle: composite body panels on a space frame with carbon fibre monocoque.
Thanks to various weight saving measures, the Tornante tips the scales at only 1,300 kg (2,866 lb), which means its should be only marginally slower than its more extreme sibling. It has the same Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 biturbo engine that has been completely reworked by Gumpert engineers, producing 700 ponies. Mated to an automatic six-speed gearbox that changes gears faster than the blink of an eye (40 milliseconds), the unit produces a hefty 900 Nm of torque (663.7 lb-ft) at 4,000 rpm. Performance figures have not yet been revealed, with Gumpert only saying that the car can reach speeds of over 300 km/h (186 mph).
The change that you will see a Gumpert Tornante by Touring Superleggera ‘live’ will be very small! But when you visit the next Geneva Motor Show you can ‘spot’ the new Gumpert Tornante.
Come into the wonderful world of Touring Superleggera.