Don’t feel bad if this is the first time you hear about Puritalia Automobili; this startup company from Naples, Italy was founded only a few years ago and has yet to produce an actual automobile. With a goal to build "exclusive Italian sport cars designed for purist drivers and car enthusiasts," Puritalia announced the 427 roadster back in 2012. It took it two years to build the first prototype, but Puritalia’s first production car is finally here.
Set to be produced in only 427 units, the Puritalia 427 presents itself as a car that pay homage to the classic body shapes of the iconic roadsters of the 1960s. The lightweight convertible is actually a mix of Shelby Cobra-inspired styling — strongly suggested by its "427" badge — and distinctive Italian cues, two feats that make it quite unique in today’s automotive industry. Its shell is not the only feature that goes back to America’s legendary roadster. The sports car is also powered by a V-8 engine sourced from the Ford Mustang GT that comes in both naturally aspirated and supercharged flavors.
All told, the Puritalia 427 is a breath of fresh air among modern sports cars and a spiritual successor of the Italian muscle cars that once roamed the streets (read: DeTomaso Pantera and Iso Grifo).
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Italians are famous for their amazing supercars and we’re not just talking about the Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s of the world. There are also the Maserati’s, Pagani’s, DeTomaso’s, and a little known company that was just launched by the name of Puritalia. This start-up company definitely has some large shoes to fill hanging out in this group, but they have promised to start building hand cars characterized by "simplicity and purity of driving experience." Their first car is called 427, a clear reference to one of the most iconic roadsters ever made - the Shelby Cobra - from which it will take some of its body lines.
The Puritalia 427 will have a total weight of less than 2200 lbs, making it both light and compact. It will be built on an aluminum frame, while the body will be made from lightweight materials.
As far as power is concerned, the 427 will run on American muscle in the form of V8 engine with an output of 445 HP. The company will also tack on a supercharger that will increase the power to 605 HP, if the customer so chooses.
The official debut for the Puritalia 427 will be made at the end of June 2012. The company hopes to sell a total of 427 units in 2013.
UPDATE 07/03/2012: Puritalia has released the official images of their brand new 427 sports car - a model inspired by the 1965 Shelby Cobra. Paolo Parente Puritalia’s founder said: "We decided to design and engineer the 427 simply because a similar car doesn’t exist. The result, a powerful car using best in class technologies and materials to enhance and elevate the drivers experience. An exclusive item to own and designed for those (like us) who still love the pleasure of driving their own car and not be driven by it." Check out the new images in the gallery provided!