Sunday, May 22, 2011

2011 Gumpert Tornante by Touring

When selecting the partner for the new model’s body design, Gumpert recognised that stylishness is part of the genetic code of Touring Superleggera’s creations. Even more amazingly, the paradigm of elegance was practical by Touring to the race cars too. This characteristic approach was at the basis of many masterpieces, like the 1940 Mille Miglia winner BMW 328 Berlinetta, the Ferrari 166 and 340 and the stirring Alfa Romeo 8C2900. They all were redoubtable race machines with singular grace.

The Gumpert Tornante has the genes of the Gumpert apollo and inherits its imposing V8 biturbo engine. Weighing only 196 kg, the engine plays a major role in ensuring the perfect weight and the fascinating driving dynamics of the Tornante. An angle of 90° flanked by the two cylinder banks is a sign of a classic 8-cylinder engine.

Starting from the pure block from Audi, the engine is a total in-house development. Thus, the manufacturing process contains among others all the moving parts, air and fuel management, turbo chargers, charge air-duct and dry sump lubrication. In the essential version this engine delivers 700 HP. In comparison to the apollo, the configuration will be optimized for the Fast Touring mission. This means more comfort and more fitness for daily use.

Alongside the V8 power unit, an option powered Gumpert Tornante is also planned for 2012.

Gumpert Tornante by Touring features 2-seater sports car with a mid-engine arrangement, chrome-molybdenum steel chassis with an included safety cell, doors and the boot lid open with gull-wings, carbon body, 100 l stainless steel tank behind the passenger cell with included catch tank, long and pushrod-operated double oblique control arm suspension with fully adjustable dampers (front and rear) and anti roll bar in front, ground clearance adaptable between 60 and 140 mm, two circuit ABS brake system with six piston callipers, inside ventilated discs (378 x 32 mm) at front and rear.

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