2011 Gumpert Tornante Tourer by Touring

The German supercar maker, Gumpert , is adding a new two-seater Tourer model to their lineup, and has debuted it at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The Tornante will be based on a new central engine chassis and V8-powered drivetrain, and will be designed by Touring Superleggera. This model will be setting a new standard for Gumpert as high-end engineering, sportiness, and elegance will come together to join the street-legal performance of the Apollo. The Touring designed Tornante will feature composite body panels placed on a space frame and a carbon fiber monocoque. These elements will allow the Tornante to be much more spacious than the Apollo.

Call us crazy, but it doesn’t seem as if the exterior design for the Tornante is all that different from the Apollo . The biggest difference we can see is the open top on the concept, which led us to believe that the gullwing doors would be eliminated from the overall design, however Gumpert has been editing multiple parts of the design to incorporate even larger Gullwing doors than ever before. During product development stages Gumpert wanted to utilize the expertise that TOURING designers have been putting into their cars for many years. According to Gumpert, the synergies between the two companies led to a great relationship, “teams from the two companies discovered soon that they share the same respect for efficiency and essentiality.”

This team has been able to develop a new model for the limited Gumpert lineup and been able to use many parts from the Apollo at the same time. This does not mean that the two cars are the same in any respect- rather Gumpert knew that it had to change several key factors in the new model in order to expand their customer base and please the requests of Apollo owners. Most of these upgrades or changes have to do with creature comforts and driveability. Let’s be honest, you’re not going to be driving your Apollo to work everyday, it’s basically a race car for the street. Gumpert wanted to revise this aspect of the car and include more storage space and improve comfort, but not compromise performance.

UPDATE 03/02/2011: This review has been updated with the Tornante Tourer’s official specs, as well as some new images!

More details on the Gumpert Tornante by Touring after the jump.

Exterior

Gumpert Tornante Tourer by Touring

Touring Superleggera has been a part of many memorable cars throughout its history. Such brands as Ferrari, BMW BMW and Alfa Romeo have all seen their models changed and tweaked by this company and thus become even more beautiful.Gumpert felt that they would be the best fit to design the body for the new Tornante and Touring accepted the offer. Because customers wanted more space for the passengers, designers had the challenge of adjusting the chassis to fit. To incorporate larger doors, the lateral member of the chassis was lowered even further in that area. Giving the car a more upright look and feel from the interior is the work of raising the windshield and it’s a-Pillar at a 2.5-degree angle. To make those classic Gullwing doors fit and work more effectively, the B-Pillar was moved towards the rear by 100mm. While making all these changes it became clear that the overall height of the car was going to be higher than originally planned and in final form has reached 1215mm.

The body was designed from a completely blank sheet of paper, even though it looks heavily influenced. By raising the windshield to a higher degree, the car has begun to look like some race cars of the past. Gumpert calls it a clear definition between the waistline and greenhouse. This gives the effect of a bubble on top of a svelte powerful race car. By doing this interior space and visibility is increased. Out back the Tornante is all business with an industrial sized air diffuser which helps the car to increase downforce significantly.

Interior

Gumpert Tornante Tourer by Touring

All of the changes made to the exterior also translate into the interior and end up giving it more space than an Apollo could dream of. Overall volume on the inside has been increased 25%.Dont expect to find leather and alcantara lines racing seats or the most technologically advanced GPS system in the world – the Gumpert Gumpert is still a true performance car. However, the seats are fully adjustable, heated, and use 4-point seat-belts. For added comfort there is also supposedly sound and heat insulation material that has been incorporated into the floor and between the engine compartment. Until we can get inside one and open the throttle up, this “sound insulation” will remain a mystery. Nonetheless, it seems like they are attempting to make the car more habitable and have also included double layer glass and an improved ventilation system.

Keeping occupants safe will be the crash box system in the front end. These are used in Formula 1 and have kept many drivers involved in accidents alive. Basically, the front end will absorb the energy of a crash and disintegrate in the process. This system and the high-strength chrome-molybdenum steel space frame will provide added safety features over the Apollo.

Performance

Gumpert Tornante Tourer by Touring

More aspects from the Apollo will flow into the engine bay of the Tornante and include the V8 biturbo engine. This engine starts life as an Audi block and then is completed by Gumpert to produce 700hp @6,500rpm and 663.7 lb-ft. of torque @4,000rpm. In a car that will only weigh 1,400kg this engine should be able to propel it to some very high speeds in very short times. Use of dry-sump lubrication helps to lower the center of gravity for the engine and the car in general. Helping this engine translate power to the wheels will be an automatic six-speed transmission. The twin-clutch setup will also be controlled by paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. It is capable of completing shifts in 40 milliseconds giving it F1 levels of performance.

Gumpert Tornante Tourer by Touring

The suspension system is similar to that of the Apollo including its built-in design. The suspension can be finely tuned for optimal performance and translates all road condition to the double transverse control arm pushrods at the front and rear. A double wishbone setup helps the tires maintain contact with the pavement at all times and are also connected directly to the main frame of the vehicle.

Pricing

Production of the new Tornante has yet to begin and pricing is unreleased as of the Geneva Motor Show.

Competition

Gumpert Tornante Tourer by Touring

This car is being set below the Apollo in terms of performance, but that leaves a lot of room for competition. The car could be slated more towards the high-end sports cars from Ferrari Ferrari and Lamborghini Lamborghini or compete in a different realm against the Corvette. Time will tell and once the car is physically tested on a track we will be able to relay the figures and provide deeper analysis of competition.

Gumpert Tornante Tourer by Touring
LOVE IT
  • Increased Comfort
  • 700hp V8
  • TOURING styling
LEAVE IT
  • Not tested
  • Expensive
  • Still no luxury sports car

15 comments:

I love the looks of this Gumpert Tornante, so cool and unique! smiley Anyway, the fact that it is a sports car, I think it doesn’t really matter if it can’t offer a luxury feature, the important is its speed performance.

This German supercar showed the masculine and tough side of what sports car is. Definitely, Gumpert made a powerful and aggressive design concept.

I like interior of the car it seems to be comfortable. Since it is not tested until now, I want to try this one on a test drive. Hmm.. I’m looking forward to seeing a sports car version of this one.

Admittedly, the speed performance of this car is very impressive. For a v8 technology, 700 hp is incredible boost power output.. and it seems that Gumpert have an awesome upgrade on its engine as well. BTW, I wonder on how expensive is this car.. is it equivalent to three Aventador?

Looking at the styling of this car I would say that it doesn’t looks sporty at all. And it seems that this production model is a victim of disastrous collaboration of existing production sportscar! However, talking about its engine performance I would say that it performs better compare to Aventador!

I am probably one of the only few who can say that Gumpert is one of my favorite car manufacturers. The Tornante is certainly a proof that they are at par with Ferrari or Lamborghini.

The Tornate actually looks promising. Though it isn’t as flashy as a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, it still has its own unique set of qualities. And of course, its performance on the road is rather good.

Gumpert is probably one of the silliest name for a car manufacturer that I have heard of. Sounds almost childish to me at times. But the Tornate does drive home the point that they are in fact a supercar manufacturer.

The Gumpert Apollo is still one of the fastest cars around a track. The Bugatti Veyron Supersport beat it on the Top Gear track by .3 seconds and the Ariel Atom 500 by 2 seconds. Although it is an ugly car. The Apollo is so cool , it doesn’t need to be pretty, it’s a hardcore car for hardcore drivers and that makes it sexy.
I guess they need a pretty and soft cruiser to make some money, but i hope they keep the Apollo as hardcore as it is. Italian guys from the Gumpert makes a great job!

The details about Gumpert second model is still limited but finally they have announced to introduced the new model at the Geneva Motor Show. But Gumpert describes the two-passenger Tornante as a "fast tourer. Anyways, if I’m not mistaken, Touring also designed the Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera- sexifierversion of the F-Zero-esque Gumpert Apollo. This could be interesting!

I have a strong feeling that this may be a very strong copeditor to the MP4-12C in being fast but also pratical

Nice design but so far anyone can do plans... I want to see the real thing on the track!

Nice design but so far anyone can do plans... I want to see the real thing on the track!

It looks great, some details need a bit refinement but this shape has plenty of potential!

Wow, this car, based on the picture is like telling us that it’s really built for supreme aerodynamic specs. The body looks really shabby and curvy which allows the air to flow more easily and reduces the drag that the car is getting while running at high speed.

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