• Feb 24th 2009 at 8:02PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Tramontana R

Two years ago, we tracked down a small, independent automaker on the floor of the Geneva Motor Show that promised to deliver a segment-busting supercar to those bored with Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Fast-forward to today and the Tramontana Group seems to have made good on its promise with the unveiling of the Tramontana R Edition.

The R is an evolved version of the standard open-wheel two-seater, packing a Mercedes-sourced 5.5-liter V12 available in either naturally aspirated, 550 hp guise or a twin-turbocharged 760 hp version that dolls out an astonishing 811 lb-ft of torque. The Group claims a 0-100 kph time of 3.6 seconds and a 10.15-second run to 200 kph.

The wheelbase has been shortened by 50mm to improve handling and aerodynamics, and weight is down by 202 pounds to just 2,777 pounds. The R stretches 192 inches from nose to tail, is 82 inches wide and 51 inches tall, and weight distribution is a perfect 50:50 left to right and 42:58 front to rear. Tramontana fitted 20-inch carbon fiber and magnesium wheels at each corner, along with high-performance summer rubber sized 245/40 in front and 335/30 in the rear. 380mm, six-piston Brembos handle stopping duties, while a custom Ohlins suspension allows the R's ride-height to be adjusted between 85 and 135 mm.

The body speaks for itself, as does the exposed carbon fiber interior, which features a chop-top steering wheel, an LCD instrument panel and the controls to the six-speed sequential gearbox. Production will be limited to 12 units per year with a price tag of €385,000 ($495,000), but unfortunately, we won't be seeing it in Geneva next month – the Tramontana R will make its official debut at the Top Marques Monaco show at the end of March.

Thanks to Autoblog Spanish, we've got live shots from the Tramontana's unveiling earlier today. Check the images in the galleries below and read their detailed (and Google-translated) synopsis here.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is bad a**. The only thing i find awkward looking about it is the canopy for the occupants. If they made a topless version that would be awesome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As hideously ugly as this car is....

        I WANT IT! It's that kinda ugly that still looks cool (Xb, KTM Xbow, etc)

        Where's my damn winning lotto ticket?!? There's no way i'd actually spend hard earned money on a car so utterly useless for anything but track use. It wouldn't even be fun on the street unless you were doing illegal speeds with it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Both the 8 year old inside of me and my head are going "WOW!!! That's gnar bro!!!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      That would not rate very well on the cool wall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is truly a miracle of engineering.

      Having half a weight and almost twice the horse powers, this thing manages to be .3 seconds slower than Nissan GT-R.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing is damn cool, but there's an important point I feel no one has considered.

      For $500 large, I'd expect to be able to get road dome at 200 mph at some point in the course of ownership. The reach-around that this setup provides for simply will not cut it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it me or does it look like something George Lucas designed for Star Wars?

      I do love it though. I think the more detached a design is from the masses the more I like it, I don't care how impractical it is.
      • 6 Years Ago


      My inner 7 year old just creamed his pants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Things like this make me want to reconsider my commitment to public service... Damn that thing looks awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fugly with a capital F.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the old Ford Indigo concept. That would have been cool to see in production, even just the 6.0L Duratec V12 they built.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy fack, this is a road rocket.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i came
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