2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Roland Gumpert unveils a new "fast tourer" styled in Italy by Touring Superleggera.
- The Gumpert Tornante will share some of the Apollo's hardware, including its Audi-sourced twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8.
- The two-passenger Tornante features gullwing doors and composite body panels over a light chrome-molybdenum steel space frame with carbon-fiber monocoque.
GENEVA — Roland Gumpert, the former Audi racing boss who introduced his shockingly fast gullwing Apollo in 2005, has uncovered a second ultra-sports car at the auto show here — a gullwing coupe designed in Italy by Touring Leggera and christened Gumpert Tornante by Touring.
Slated to go into production in 2012, the two-passenger Tornante (which loosely translates as "hairpin turn") shares some of the Apollo's hardware, including its Audi-sourced twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8. Rated in the Tornante at 691 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, the V8 drives the rear wheels through a TT40e six-speed dual-clutch sequential gearbox with paddle shift control.
Gumpert says an "alternative powertrain" also will be available in 2012.
The Tornante features composite body panels over a light chrome-molybdenum steel space frame with carbon-fiber monocoque, with double-wishbone suspension and 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
Gumpert hasn't yet hinted at pricing on the Tornante, which likely will be sold in Europe, the Middle East and North America. The Apollo starts in Europe at around $420,000 before taxes and options.
Edmunds.com says: Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur — our favorite automaker name in the whole world. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent