Indulge and enjoy the ride

In case you were unaware, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera is a legendary Italian design house and bespoke coachbuilder, best known for products like the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, Bentley Continental Flying Star, and Touring Berlinetta Lusso, among others. Now, Touring is offering a new limited edition custom two-door dubbed the Sciadipersia, bringing superlative European grand touring style as a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the bespoke Maserati 5000 GTs that Touring created for the Shah of Iran back in the ‘50s. The Sciadipersia was “designed to cover long distance with complete ease and in total comfort,” much like the travelers that booked passage on the Orient Express so long ago.

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Touring Sciàdipersia Pays Tribute To Luxury Travel Of The Past Exterior
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The Sciadipersia features an utterly unique exterior, with a plethora of horizontal details that enhance the car’s natural low and wide stance.

First up, the name. Sciadipersia is Italian for “Shah of Iran,” which frames this custom two-door as a nod to the three Maserati 5000 GTs that Touring customized for the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, back in 1958.

The new Sciadipersia features an utterly unique exterior, with a long hood line, a rear-biased greenhouse, and a plethora of horizontal details that enhance the car’s natural low and wide stance. Aluminum trim with a polished finish is found just about everywhere, as is hand-brushed satin. The exterior also features Orient Night Blue paint, as well as select carbon fiber elements.

“The surface treatments portray an arrow about to be loosed from a bow,” Touring gushes, “with a sharp front and a suggestion of the fletches at the rear.”

Touring Sciàdipersia Pays Tribute To Luxury Travel Of The Past Interior
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The upholstery consists of leather from Foglizzo, and comes with a “special aroma” specially developed for Touring applications.

The interior is equally customized, with a four-seat layout employing a quartet of individual captain’s chairs. The large windows provide a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, a feature that’s meant to mimic the “luxury travel in the days of the Orient Express and the great ocean liners.”

Touring Sciàdipersia Pays Tribute To Luxury Travel Of The Past Interior
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The upholstery consists of leather from Foglizzo, and comes with a “special aroma” specially developed for Touring applications. The blue hue found outside is matched in the cabin, and comes complemented by contrast stitching and piping detailing. The seat backs come with an embroidered Sciadipersia logo. Naturally, the vehicle also includes a customized Foglizzo luggage set that fits into the trunk.

Under the skin, you’ll find the Sciadipersia is based on a modern Maserati GranTurismo rolling chassis, with the naturally aspirated V-8 powerplant and corresponding mechanical features going unchanged from the stock vehicle.

Providing motivation is a 4.7-liter V-8 making 460 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent rearwards through a six-speed automatic transmission. Performance specs match the standard Maserati, with a claimed 0-to-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds and an estimated top speed of 301 km/h (187 mph). Curb weight is rated at 1,700 kg (3,748 pounds).

Touring Sciàdipersia Pays Tribute To Luxury Travel Of The Past Exterior
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Pricing is available upon request, but rest assured, this is one very expensive automobile.

Pricing is available upon request, but rest assured, this is one very expensive automobile. Like “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” expensive. Each example is hand-built in Milan, with Touring limiting production at 10 units total.

Furthermore, the hand-formed panels will offer a high-degree of precision fitment to make sure the Sciadipersia meets the standards expected of such a vehicle. Even though it’s a custom automobile, Touring says it will conduct rigorous NVH (noise/vibration/harshness), ride quality, weather-proofing, and finish tests.The whole build takes six months to complete.

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At the Geneva Motor Show Touring presents a new limited edition custom-built car, an innovative interpretation of the gran turismo theme: a car designed for long journeys, where the passengers derive as much pleasure from the journey as the driver.

Touring Superleggera again confirms itself as a paragon of Italian design, and a master of the fuoriserie, offering a large, powerful, luxurious car, but cleverly designed to disguise its size, demonstrating that mastery of design and craftsmanship can lighten the appearance, adding an ethereal, diaphanous quality.

As it often happens, it was an admirer of Touring Superleggera’s portfolio who commissioned the creation of this new model; a car designed to cover long distance with complete ease and in total comfort.

Sciàdipersia is a coach built four seater, to be built in maximum ten examples, each intended for the most discerning customers, who appreciate luxury and value their time. Time to indulge in savouring the journey.

Heritage
Touring Sciàdipersia celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the bespoke coachwork designed by Touring in 1958 on the Maserati 5000GT rolling chassis for the ruler of Iran, a demanding and astute collector of fine motorcars, and nicknamed after him. For such a man a grand design of regal elegance was commissioned, and then as now, the client consented to a very limited production run, resulting in three cars.

Design
Touring Superleggera’s style is renowned for its perfect proportions, and in the Sciàdipersia the line is that of a quintessential gran turismo, with flowing, elongated shapes that slip effortlessly through the air. In complete contrast to the current trend, Touring has adopted graceful proportions, that hint at a subtle haughty elegance, regal in every sense, exuding dynamism without aggression. Distinctive, refined, svelte, subtle and classy all define Sciàdipersia. The surface treatments portray an arrow about to be loosed from a bow, with a sharp front and a suggestion of the fletches at the rear. “The absence of visible support structures allows light to flood the cabin, allowing a total involvement with the surrounding environment, making the journey not only comfortable, but exciting, satisfying, absolute,” says Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design.

Dynamism is expressed by the horizontal feature line which divides the car, without disturbing the harmony of the silhouette. Smooth surfaces, joined by sharp edges on the side and tail enhance the purity of the design.

Different treatments are applied to the aluminium trim, with highly polished detailing juxtaposed with hand-brushed satin finishes, to reflect the light in different ways, emphasising the coachbuilt nature of the car.

The extensive greenhouse and glass roof, interrupted only by a brushed-aluminium C-pillar, immerses the occupants in the natural surroundings of the outside environment, with panoramic views out, and with the passing scenery a silent travel companion, the cosseting interior brings to mind images of luxury travel in the days of the Orient Express and the great ocean liners. Contributing to this effect is the Orient Night Blue, a sumptuously rich hue that reproduces a clear night sky, reflecting points of light like distant stars.

The interior carries themes over from the exterior, such as the continuous horizontal division wrapping around the occupants, suggesting a horizon, above which is blue sky and below is the land.

Touring used the finest hides from Foglizzo, supplier of bespoke luxury leather for unique cars since 1921 for the interior. The care for details went as far as to develop a special aroma, which Foglizzo reserves for Touring customers. The exterior’s deep blue is matched by the seats, which are then highlighted with contrasting piping and stitching, while the centre of the headrest displays the Sciàdipersia name, carefully embroidered by hand. Delicate, lighter shades of natural colours are used to offset the darker colours of the seats.

As befits such a regal car, a set of fully-customised Foglizzo luggage sits comfortably in the boot.

As in the past, Touring Superleggera leads the way by bucking the current trend for aggressive frontal treatments, reverting instead to a sporting style more reminiscent of decades gone by: the low-slung front, clean side surfaces with edgy junctions, and a substantial tail. All the themes, however, are rendered in the strict Touring language design, where right proportions come first, followed by essential lines and surfaces, subtle ornaments and a sense of fulfilled harmony.

Chassis and Engine
Like the original car, Sciàdipersia is based on a Maserati rolling chassis. Choosing the Maserati GranTurismo as a basis gave Touring Superleggera the ideal starting point, its specifications being perfectly suited to the project, with excellent torsional rigidity, comfort and high performance. The glorious naturally aspirated V8 engine has a noble character and can provide effortless power and torque, giving the driver an immensely satisfying experience. The mechanical components, electrical systems and all electronics are retained unaltered from the manufacturer.

Manufacturing
Sciàdipersia is built entirely by hand in the Touring Manifattura in Milan blending traditional hand-beaten panels with lightweight carbon fibre elements. Precision and quality of the body must match the most compelling standard, and cutting-edge digital measurement tools are used to this purpose at each stage, from the panel fabrication through to the body-in-white and the finished car. The manufacturing process is completely documented and digitally logged to ensure repeatability.

Quality control processes include static and dynamic tests before the vehicle is approved for road use. High standards of panel alignment, panel gaps and clearances, painting, polishing, leather craft and stitching are all rigidly adhered to. Functional tests are conducted in a climatic chamber. Dynamic tests for air and water tightness, road noise, wet and dry handling, driveability, braking, NVH and all performance aspects are carried out on track. Tests are also carried out for maximum speed and rough surface behaviour.

Type Approval
Sciàdipersia has received Type Approval under European Directive 2007/46EC for cars in small series production. The engine complies with the EURO 6 regulations.

Delivery Times and Costs
The price for Touring Sciàdipersia is available on request. Touring Superleggera is able to deliver the complete car within six months of receiving the donor car. Each part produced or modified by Touring Superleggera is covered by a two year, unlimited mileage warranty, subject to normal terms of use. The procurement of parts produced or modified by Touring Superleggera is guaranteed for life.


TOURING Sciàdipersia
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions

Length: 4965 mm
Width: 1903 mm
Height: 1353 mm
Wheelbase: 2938 mm
Boot volume: 260 litres
Fuel tank capacity: 86 litres
Weight: 1700 Kg
Engine Cylinders / Type: V8, 90 degree
Displacement: 4691 cc

Transmission

Rear wheel drive.
MC Maserati transmission 6 speed electro-actuated sequential synchronised shifts
with steering wheel-mounted controls and automatic function
OR
6 speed automatic ZF gearbox with torque converter.

Wheels

Tyres: front 245/35 ZR20,
rear 285/35 ZR20
Rims: forged aluminium

Performance

Acceleration 0 to 100 Km/h: 2.7 sec
Maximum speed (estimated): 301 Km/h
Acceleration (estimated) 0 to 100 Km/h: 4.6 seconds
Power: 338 kW (460 HP) @ 7,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 520 Nm @ 4750 rpm
Emission Rule: EURO 6
Fuel consumption: Urban: 23 l/100 Km,
Extra urban: 10 l/100 Km,
Combined: 15 l/100 Km
Co2 emissions (combined): 337 g/Km

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