Touring Sciàdipersia Pays Tribute To Luxury Travel Of The Past
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 Superleggera To Debut New Sports Car in Geneva
Over the past few years, Touring Superleggera has been a staple at the Geneva Motor Show. In past years, the Italian coach builder used Geneva to unveil some awesome-looking concepts like the Berlinetta Lusso and the Disco Volante. This year, Touring Superleggera will once again be in attendance at one of the world’s biggest auto shows to unveil a new sports car.
Details are still scarce on what kind of car it’s going to be, but expect it to have some kind of tie-in to the company’s 90th anniversary. There are also reports that the car will be a bespoke, open-top sports car, something it hasn’t built since the 1964 Fiat 124 Cabriolet Concept. That was 52 years ago, so if these reports prove to be true, this new concept sports car should be a doozy.
It’s hard not to expect anything less from Touring Superleggera. The company has exhibited tremendous form with its most recent concepts, and no more was that evident than with the Berlinetta Lusso. That car was based on the Ferrari F12berlinetta and featured a stunning look that was inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO, arguably the most iconic Ferrari in history. It also came with the F12berlinetta’s monstrous 6.3-liter V-12 engine that produced 729 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque, which was enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds to go with a top speed of over 211 mph.
Needless to say, Touring Superleggera will have to be on its A-game to successfully follow up the Berlinetta Lusso. Fortunately, none of us have to worry about the Italian coach builder being anything less than committed to once again using the Geneva Motor Show as its own personal showcase. Whatever this sports car is, you can be sure that Touring Superleggera will have something special in store for it.
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Touring Superleggera, a custom coachbuilder based out of Italy, got its start installing custom bodies on Alfa Romeos back in 1928. Now with over 80 years under its belt, the Italian coachbuilder is one of the best-known in the industry, and it builds some of the most amazing rigs. Its latest creation, the Berlinetta Lusso, made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.
As soon as I laid eyes on its name, I knew the Italians came to Geneva to pay homage to one of the most exquisite grand tourers ever built. To achieve that, Touring Superlegerra brought together the styling and technology of a modern-day Ferrari with the elegant and sexy lines of the classic 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso. The end result is a stunning automobile crafted in the same vein as the Alfa Romeo 8C-based Disco Volante and a limited-edition supercar that’s likely to become tomorrow’s most sought-after collectible.
Updated 03/04/2915: Touring Superleggera unveiled its Ferrari F12 Berlinetta-based Berlinetta Lusso at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The model will be built in limited edition and will be put on sale later this year.
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Last year at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Carrozzeria Touring unveiled a very cool interpretation of the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante. Since then, the company changed its name to Touring Superleggera and for this year’s 2013 Geneva Motor Show the company prepared a production version of the concept.
A very strange move, considering that last year the company announced this was just a styling exercise and that it lacked any running components. Just like with the concept version, the production version Disco Volante will be based on the 8C Competizione, but it will receive a few design changes, carbon-fiber components and aluminum panels.
The model will be built on request and will be limited to only 500 units. Each unit takes approximately six months to complete. Also, the company announced that each unit will be built as a one-off edition, as customers will have the possibility to customize the car by their own heart desires.
Updated 03/06/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
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