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2013 Icona Vulcano Concept

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The Shangha Auto Show’s media day has officially kicked off and one of the most anticipated models of the show has broken cover: the Icona Vucano. Unfortunately, Icona didn’t reveal much more of the car than its exterior and the fact that it will come in two variants: street and racing.

In all, we think Icona has hit a homerun with the Vulcano, but it still has its minor issues. One of the glaring issues is whether it will be a reality or just another dream that fades away. You see, it takes a ton of money to build a concept like this and we would not be shocked to hear that Icona simply doesn’t have the capital to build production models.

Regardless of whether it ever hits the streets or not, the Icona Vulcano concept is sure to be the talk of Shanghai for the next few weeks.

UPDATE 4/20/2013: This review has been updated with official images and details on the Vulcano Concept.

Click past the jump to read all about the Icona Vulcano Concept.

Exterior

Icona Vulcano Concept

Finally, we get a look at the Icona Vulcano’s exterior and man it was well worth the wait. Up front, you get the traditional supercar pointed nose, Lamborghini Lamborghini -esque air intakes on the front skirt, wild-looking triangular headlights and shapely fenders that would make Fergie’s “humps” weep in envy.

From the side, the Icona Vulcano shows off even more sexiness, as cutting into its voluptuous front fenders are heat extractors with Aston Martin-like chrome strikethroughs, L-shaped mirrors that are razor-thin to give you just enough rearward vision to keep you out of trouble and a slick roofline that is very similar to what you find on the new SRT Viper and 2014 Corvette Stingray – not bad company to be associated with.

Icona Vulcano Concept

On the backside, the Icona Vulcano shows off a super-unique look. Its twin L-shaped taillights assure that no one will mistake this for any other car on the road. Under the back end there is a diffusor to help vacate the air from under the car more effectively and an integrated trapezoidal tailpipe is sure to emit some sweet sounds.

All together, the Icona Vulcano is a stunner on the outside, to say the least. It definitely lived up to all of the teasing that Icona gave us.

Interior

Icona provided us with no information on the Vulcano’s interior, but we will update you once we get this info.

Drivetrain

Icona Vulcano Concept

Now, this is where things get a little awkward, as the Icona Vulcano will come in two variants: street and racing.

The street-legal model features a front-mounted V-12 engine with an electric motor to help it pump out 950 horsepower. These ponies travel to the rear wheels via a single-clutch, automated gearbox. This should help the Vulcano switch between gears faster than you can blink your eyes, which gets this supercar to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 2 seconds, per Icona’s claim.

The Racing variant will be completely different. It features a twin-turbocharged V-6 powerplant that combines with a pair of electric motors to produce 870 horsepower. The V-6 engine is responsible for driving the rear wheels and the electric motors will pair up on the front wheels. This will net the racing version a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 2.9 seconds.

Both the racing and street versions will feature a 217 mph top speed.

Street Drivetrain Specifications

EngineV-12 with one electric motor
TransmissionSingle-clutch, automated gearbox
Horsepower950
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)<2 seconds
Top Speed217 mph

Racing Drivetrain Specifications

EngineV-6 with two electric motors
Horsepower870
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)2.9 seconds
Top Speed217 mph

Brakes and Suspension

Keeping the car glued to the asphalt are 20- and 21-inch wheels engulfed in sticky Pirelli P Zero tires on the front and rear, respectively. Dragging it to a halt are carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston Brembo calipers doing the squeezing.

Pricing and Release

Nothing yet on a price or a release date.

Competition

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

Ferrari LaFerrari

Not only did Icona use Ferrari’s former powertrain technical director, but it also uses an engine rather similar to Ferrari Ferrari ’s latest supercar. The LaFerrari features a 6,262 cc V-12 engine that produces 800 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and a set of electric engines that produces an additional 163 horsepower. This 963 total horsepower is slightly more than the Icona can produce, but the actual track performance of both supercars is still a relative mystery.

From the looks of it, however, the LaFerrari will be slightly faster, as its 0-to-200 km/h (124 mph) is estimated at under 7 seconds and the Icona Icona ’s is rated at under 10 seconds. Logic would tell us that the Ferrari will be at least 3 seconds faster to 200 km/h (124 mph) than the Icona.

What doesn’t make sense is the fact that the LaFerrari does 0-to-100 km/h in 3 seconds while the less-powerful Icona does it in under 2 seconds. This means this beast has to have some monster torque or is is super-lightweight.

In terms of price, well, we really don’t know yet, as neither manufacturer has revealed pricing yet.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

Despite the fact that Porsche has already confirmed the 918 Spyder and let a few lucky members of the media ride in it, we still don’t know too much about it except for its basic design. The original details said that the 918 Spyder would pump out 795 horsepower, but recent reports point to it having as much as 875 horsepower.

On the track, the 918 Spyder will hit a top speed of 202 mph (93 mph in all-electric), a 0-to-100km/h (62 mph) time of 3 seconds and a 0-to-200 km/h (124 mph) time of 9 seconds. This means that on the track, the Icona and Porsche are pretty closely matched – in a straight line, at least. We do know that the 918 Spyder will carry a base price of $845,000.

Conclusion

Icona Vulcano Concept

Until Icona finally reveals everything, we cannot properly come to a decision on whether this thing is as bad-ass as it seems on paper. In fact, we aren’t even 100-percent certain it will ever see production. So many of these fly-by-night companies spring up with a sick concept only to fade away without producing a single model beyond the concept. And this one definitely has the potential to do just that.

Press Release

ICONA VULCANO: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST COME TOGETHER

Icona Vulcano Concept

A one-off supersports car, coachbuilt in Italy and designed by Icona, the Italian design house based in Shanghai

Italy, 21 March 2013 : Icona reveals the first teaser of the Icona Vulcano (iconavulcano.com). This new supercar will be revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show next April. The Icona Vulcano brings together different skills and expertise of a very Italian tradition. The powertrain is the work of well - known Claudio Lombardi , former powertrain technical director of Ferrari and mastermind of numerous world champion cars: a front engine V12 two-door two-seater car, reaching up to 900 horsepower through a masterful combination of combustion engine and electric motors . The top speed will be around 350 km/h, and 0-200 km/h will be under ten seconds.

Alongside its astonishing performance and pedigree, the design of the Icona Vulcano is an evolution of the very advanced form language which was first introduced on the Icona Fuselage concept in 2011 by Samuel Chuffart, Icona’s design director. The aim of the design approach is to express the amazing capabilities of this extremely powerful car, while maintaining harmonious and generous shapes : bringing together the Beauty and the Beast.

Icona Vulcano Concept

Talented young French designer Samuel Chuffart brings exceptional international experience to his role as design director of Icona. During his eight year tenure at Nissan Design in Europe and the US, Mr. Chuffart played an instrumental role in the creation and realization of the Nissan DNA which is known today. Mr. Chuffart then moved to Jaguar-Land Rover, before being selected for the position of Chief Designer at a leading design house in Italy in 2008, successfully developing numerous production cars soon to be seen on the road.

Claudio Lombardi is one of the most successful Italian motor engineers: racing director of Lancia that won seven World Rally Championships with 037 Rally and Delta S4 from 1982 to 1991, powertrain technical director of Ferrari for Formula One and GT cars from 1991 to 2000, and project leader of Aprilia to win the Superbike World Championship in 2010 with Max Biaggi, using one of the most powerful and light engines ever developed in its category. In the last two years Lombardi founded AIPA to develop different powertrain concepts to make the most of the combination of combustion engines and electric motors for innovative integral powertrain.

Icona Vulcano Concept



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