At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show Gumpert announced a new two-seater Tourer model to its lineup, and now the first images of the production version Tornante have finally surfaced on the internet. A big surprise for everyone considering that just a few months ago the company was facing insolvency.
The production version Tornante looks a little bit updated when compared to the concept unveiled last year. It gets a louvred rear window, horizontal exhaust pipes and taillights inspired by the Lamborghini Gallardo. Other updates include a new front lip spoiler and redesigned headlamps.
No details have been provided on the engine to be used in the production version, but we expect to see the same engine seen in the concept: a bi-turbo V8 with an output of 690 HP mated to a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox controlled by paddle shifters. The concept was capable to hit a top speed of 186 mph, so we expect at least the same performance figures in the production version.
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.