A Star is born
All eyes will be on special editions this year at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show and the star of this category is definitely going to be Italdesign’s Automobili Speciali, a special edition and one of a series of five exclusive supercars to be produced in 2017. To add to the intrigue, all five have already been spoken for.
About the Company
Italdesign is 90.1% owned by Volkswagen through a Lamborghini subsidiary and has been involved in creating concept models with a Volkswagen theme for the last few years. The company has been around since the late sixties, although the Volkswagen takeover happened in 2010. So the new supercar from Italdesign has its roots in a rich tradition of generations of automobile design expertise. Italdesign has been instrumental in creating many iconic models in automobile history, associated with big names like Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford, and Ferrari, just to name a few.
Aesthetics and Aerodynamics
The Automobili Speciali is equipped with a rare combination of good looks and utility design. While the upper part is an expression of beauty in the true Italian Gran Turismo tradition, with sleek, beautifully crafted carbon fiber curves, below the tornado line, the lower part is aerodynamically geared for minimum downforce.
The car is equipped with a 5.2-liter V-10 engine and delivers 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The top speed is estimated at 205 mph. The engine is expected to generate more than 600 hp. The wheels are likely to be powered by a dual-clutch transmission as in the Lamborghini Huracán. Although not officially admitted by Italdesign, you will see from the looks, engine configuration, general design, and performance that the Automobili Speciali seems to have its roots in the Lamborghini Huracán with a few dimensional changes in terms of width and length, so we can expect a lot of comparisons being made on those lines at Geneva in March.
More about Italdesign Automobili Speciali
The car has a modular chassis composed of carbon fiber and aluminum. The design of the car and its logo are dedicated to the Italian city of Turin, where traditionally, the history of the Italian automobile was born, with the help of a dedicated community of ‘coachbuilders’ who helped to put Italian cars on the world map.
From the Horse’s Mouth
According to the designers, the Italdesign Automobili Speciali has all the trimmings of a good racecar but can be comfortably driven on normal roads as well. Head of Italdesign’s Pre-Series Center, Massimo Bovi claims that the company has put its best skills into practice, using state-of-the-art production methods, by their highly-skilled and experienced workers. Path-breaking technology in electrical and electronic engineering was also used to the maximum. All this culminates into the creation of a rarity, Says Bovi. “This first car is showcasing our expertise gained in our history”, he says.
While the details of the new Italdesign Automobili Speciali are still rather sketchy, the truth about the new car will be known when it is unveiled this March, and we can only wait to learn more about it through reviews for those of us who are not fortunate enough to make it to Geneva.
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