Adding unlimited headroom to a limited-run Italian showcase

Founded by Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1968 in Turin, Italy, Italdesign is a creative powerhouse with a long history of beautiful creations. Standouts include a variety of notable performance machines like the Maserati MC12, the BMW M1, and the Lotus Esprit, but the house also has several more commonplace vehicles to its name, such as the Audi Q2 and VW Golf, plus oddities like the DeLorean DMC-12. Italdesign’s latest creation is the Zerouno Coupe, which we first saw at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and later again at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Limited at just five units total, Italdesign managed to move all five examples of this high-dollar (that is, seven-figure) supercar in just a matter of months, a testament to its unique styling and performance potential (not to mention the insanely hot modern supercar market). Now, it appears as though Italdesign is prepping a new drop-top iteration, as revealed by a single shadowy teaser image. Once again, the Italians will showcase their latest wares at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, and they’re saving the details for the big sheet drop. However, before they blow the roof off the coupe in Switzerland, we’ve got the details on it right here. That’s right – we fully expect the Roadster iteration to mirror much of what you get in the coupe, so we put together the following speculative review to whet your appetite. Expect V-10 power, a top speed over 200 mph, lots of carbon fiber, and more wings than an air show.

Offered as part of Italdesign’s 50th Anniversary this year, which officially begins March 6th with an event at the Geneva Motor Show, the Zerouno Roadster enjoys unquestionable status as a mid-engine supercar. It offers tons of customization opportunities, it’s highly exclusive, and it’s very, very expensive, which is perfectly befitting of a low-production model from Italdesign Automobili Speciali. Thing is, Volkswagen bought Italdesign back in 2010, and the Zerouno is made mostly of Lambo-sourced parts. Which begs the question – is it worth the extra outlay over a Huracan or R8?

Updated 02/22/2018: We’ve updated our review with the latest pics, straight from Italdesign! Check them out in the gallery.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Ialdesign Zerouno Roadster.

  • 2018 Italdesign Zerouno Roadster
  • Year:
    2018
  • Engine:
    V10
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    610 @ 8250
  • Torque @ RPM:
    413 @ 6500
  • Displacement:
    5.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    205 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

Italdesign Zerouno Roadster Exterior

  • Looks similar to the Zerouno Coupe
  • Very spacey and aggressive in its design
  • Elements of the Egoista and Veneno
  • All carbon exterior panels
  • Very aggressive aerodynamics
  • Promises to be functional as well
  • Roghly the same size as the Aventador
  • LED lighting
  • 20-inch wheels
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While we're excited to see what new styling details Italdesign is introducing on the Roadster model, the basics should be the same. We think it'll look like a cyborg great white shark sent from the future to murder the dolphin equivalent of John Connor.

Although Italdesign didn’t give us anything more than the above-pictured teaser image to go on, it’s more than obvious that what we’ve got on our hands here won’t deviate a whole lot from the Coupe iteration. This thing is still gonna be an absolute spaceship, with wild curves and sharp elements that make it bristle with performance promises from front to back.

To give you an idea what we’re on about, here’s a shot of the Italdesign Zerouno Coupe, as captured at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance –

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While we’re excited to see what new styling details Italdesign is introducing on the Roadster model, the basics are the same – low, wide, and geometric, with vents and wings and intakes at every turn. And there are a lot of turns in this car, with angles and bends and curves galore. It’s like a cyborg great white shark sent from the future to murder the dolphin equivalent of John Connor. We see elements of the Lamborghini Egoista and the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster in there, plus a dash of sci-fi awesomeness all its own.

Truth be told, the look is a little controversial among enthusiasts. Some love the out-there appearances, while others deride it as messy and ugly. The polarizing aesthetic is no doubt partly due to the departure of founder Giorgetto Giugiaro, who left the firm in 2015 and subsequently drained some of Italdesign’s credibility.

Luckily, there are no body panels shared between the Italdesign roadster and either of the Volkswagen products it’s based on. Nor should there be, considering the price.

What we do see, however, is a lot of lovely, well-sculpted carbon-fiber components from tip to tail. The composite bits are more than just a showcase of design – they’re also quite functional, just like the Zerouno Coupe. Beyond looking good, downforce and cooling are the primary motivators here, with the advanced aero comprised of an intricate front splitter, louvers along the front and rear wheel arches to reduce pressure, side fins for greater lateral stability, a large rear racing spoiler for extra grip, and an underbody diffuser to help the whole thing suck itself into the pavement.

Italdesign's Zerouno Supercar Is A Home Run Of A Debut Offering High Resolution Exterior AutoShow
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Beyond looking good, downforce and cooling are the primary motivators here, with advanced aero like an underbody diffuser to help the whole thing suck itself into the pavement.

The Zerouno Roadster should get similar exterior dimensions as the Coupe iteration, which is roughly equivalent to the Lamborghini Huracan. Overall length should be around 4,847 mm (190.8 inches), width should be around 1,970 mm (77.6 inches), and height should be around 1,204 mm (47.4 inches). That said, it might a bit shorter without the roof.

Final touches include an array of LEDs for the forward lighting, and some carbon-adorned wheels as well. Sizing for the rollers should be set at around 20 inches in diameter, if we were to guess. Buyers will also be able to choose theirs in any color they please, or even get it in naked carbon fiber, if desired.

Italdesign Zerouno Roadster Interior

  • Will likely have the same interior spec at the Coupe
  • Carbon fiber everywhere
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Bolstered bucket seats
  • Some similarities to the Lambo and Audi
Italdesign's Zerouno Supercar Is A Home Run Of A Debut Offering Interior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Note: Italdesign Zerouno Coupe pictured here.

Customization options should be plentiful here. Expect an array of top-shelf materials and several different color schemes to choose from.

While we have yet to get our hands on any images that show what’s going on inside the Italdesign Zerouno Roadster, we can still look to the Zerouno Coupe model for clues. As such, expect loads of carbon fiber, a fighter jet-like control scheme, a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in soft-touch upholstery, and a set of highly bolstered bucket seats. Passengers sit low in the cockpit, while instrumentation is all digital.

Customization options should be plentiful here. Expect an array of top-shelf materials to choose from, including leather, Alcantara, and more. There should also be several different color schemes to choose from, or you could go with the stark carbon fiber in its raw, unpainted form if that’s more your thing. Personally, we think the sporty theme works well with bare composites.

There are also some broad similarities you could draw with the Lamborghini and Audi models upon which the Zerouno is based. For example, the gauge pod looks like it was plucked straight out of the R8, while the geometric shape for the vents is reminiscent of the Huracan. One could see this as both good and bad, though. It’s good because not only does it look great, with a functional and streamlined approach, but it should also offer a wide variety of proven customization options for the buyer. On the other hand, buyers may want something completely bespoke for the money paid, and any similarities to mass-produced products will ding the desirability factor a bit. Of course, that’s just nit-picking at this point, but take a gander at the Prices section, and you’ll see why we think it’s a justifiable critique.

Italdesign Zerouno Roadster Drivetrain

  • Naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10
  • Seven-speed transmission and AWD
  • 610 horsepower
  • 413 pound-feet of torque
  • 3.2 seconds 0-to-62 mph
  • 205 mph top speed
  • Custom exhaust
Italdesign's Zerouno Supercar Is A Home Run Of A Debut Offering Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Note: Italdesign Zerouno Coupe pictured here.

The main party piece is an all-atmosphere 5.2-liter V-10 gas-gulper, which produces upwards of 610 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm.

As you can probably imagine, there are currently no official specs on the Zerouno Roadster’s mid-mounted motivator as of this writing, but it’s highly likely it’ll carry over unchanged from the Coupe model. That means it’ll once again employ the same engine and drivetrain previously seen in the Lamborghini Huracan and Audi R8.

The main party piece is an all-atmosphere 5.2-liter V-10 gas-gulper, which produces upwards of 610 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. Routed to the ground by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Audi-sourced AWD system, the 0-to-62 mph sprint should be done in about 3.2 seconds, with top speed clocked at 205 mph.

Compared to the Lambo and Audi, those figures are more or less identical. It’s also possible the Roadster could add a tenth or so to the 0-to-60 mph time due to an incremental weight gain (topless usually means more bracing underneath, and that usually results in a few extra pounds).

Regardless, we also fully expect the Zerouno Roadster to sound different, given Italdesign’s penchant for custom exhaust systems. An exotic combustion note to go with the exotic styling? Makes sense to us.

Italdesign Zerouno Roadster Chassis And Handling

  • Low weight is key
  • Carbon fiber and aluminum are used throughout
  • Same bones as the Huracan and R8
  • Large carbon ceramic brakes
  • 8-pot calipers in front, 6-pot rears
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Note: Italdesign Zerouno Coupe pictured here.

Once again, look for the Zerouno Roadster to adopt the same architecture as the Lambo and Audi, with a modular spaceframe chassis composed of carbon fiber and aluminum throughout. Lightweight design is the key here, and we’ll have to see if Italdesign managed to shed a few pounds compared to its more mainstream siblings.

The Roadster will also probably use the same brakes as the Coupe, with large carbon ceramic discs pinched by 8-pot calipers in front and 6-pot calipers in the rear. Wrapping the large wheels will be Pirelli P-Zero tires, which are pretty much a guarantee for a car like this. We could also see that neat sidewall lettering that adds an extra racing-inspired flair to the exterior.

Italdesign Zerouno Roadster Prices

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Note: Italdesign Zerouno Coupe pictured here.

In just a few short months after the debut of the Italdesign Zerouno Coupe, all five examples were sold out, each bringing in a tidy sum of around $1.9 million (if not more). We expect the same thing to happen with the Roadster, but pricing will likely see an uptick to around $2.4 million, which, in case you’re keeping track at home, is a $500,000 increase for 100 percent less roof.

And keep in mind the $2.4 million is just for the basics. If you want optional equipment, or a unique look, or new trim in the cabin, or extra performance, Italdesign will do it – for a price. Anything is possible if you’ve got enough scratch. Once again, we won’t know for sure until it drops in Geneva, but for now, we’re thinking the Zerouno Roadster will see production limited at just five units total.

Conclusion

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Note: Italdesign Zerouno Coupe pictured here.

It's essentially a road-legal spaceship, with supercar levels of performance and an enormous price tag befitting of the rarefied badge on the nose.

Italdesign plans on offering a new model every year, and the Zerouno Roadster is looking like the one for 2018. It’s essentially a road-legal spaceship, with supercar levels of performance and an enormous price tag befitting of the rarefied badge on the nose.

That said, some of you out there will undoubtedly think the Zerouno is a ludicrous vehicle. After all, if you break it down, the Zerouno Roadster is basically an R8 Spyder with a wild body kit and new interior. Does that mean it’s worth the extra $2.2 million?

No question – for some people, the answer to that is an unequivocal yes. Look for further specs and details next month from Geneva.

  • Leave it
    • * Basically an Audi under the skin
    • * Probably won’t offer any new engine or performance specs
    • * Ridiculously expensive

References

2018 Italdesign Zerouno High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Italdesign Zerouno Coupe.

2015 - 2016 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan.

2017 - 2018 Audi R8 Exterior
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Read our full review on the Audi R8.

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