• Jan 25, 2011
2010 Gumpert Apollo - Click above for high-res image gallery

There are plenty of companies making a single line of supercars. Pagani, Weismann, Spyker, McLaren... we could go on and on. But if you're going to pick a serious fight with established names like Ferrari and Lamborghini, you're going to need a second line. And that's precisely what Gumpert has in store for us at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

You may recognize the name Gumpert as the company behind the Apollo, a ridiculously fast and extreme exotic supercar. It was founded by one Roland Gumpert, former head of the motorsport division at Audi, whose engine powers the Apollo with as much as 800 horsepower.

The Apollo, however, is derided as having been thoroughly worked over by the ugly stick. And that's where Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera comes in. The Milanese coachbuilder has designed a new mid-engined V8 "fast tourer" called the Tortante with a composite shell over a space frame and carbon fiber monocoque. Enticing to be sure, and you can read the full announcement after the jump, but for the moment that's all we have to go by.



Photos copyright ©2011 Jonathon Ramsey / AOL

[Source: Gumpert]

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GUMPERT gets a TOURING SUPERLEGGERA design for the second model of the range
World premiere of the GUMPERT TORNANTE by TOURING in Geneva

TOURING SUPERLEGGERA was commissioned by GUMPERT to design their upcoming new model, a 2-seater Fast Tourer based on a new central engine chassis and V8-powered driveline. After setting new benchmarks for driving dynamics of street legal cars with the apollo, GUMPERT requested the Milanese designer to add space, elegance and comfort to their typical sheer performance attitude. The result is a blend of very Italian sporty elegance and German high-end engineering.

The GUMPERT TORNANTE by TOURING opens a new class of automobiles born for the extremely dynamic and fast voyage, the Fast Tourers. The Tornante features the original Superleggera construction principle: composite body panels on a space frame with carbon fiber monocoque. The car will be unveiled on March 1st 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      the Apollo is so cool , it doesn't need to be pretty, it's a hardcore car for hardcore drivers and that makes it sexy.

      i guess they need a pretty and soft cruiser to make some money, but i hope they keep the Apollo as hardcore as it is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's WIESMANN ffs... other than that... a good looking gumpert sounds sweet to me
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wiesmann has two lines the MF3 Roadster and the MF4/5 Coupe/Roadster... they look similar but they are two different models...
      Spyker has sportcars(C8 and C12) and SUV (D12)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dunno. I think it looks unapologetically badass. To me, destroying the competition looks gorgeous. I am a designer, but the sheer amount of engineering awesomeness in this car makes it beautiful, as function trumps form on the entire car, which brings about a purity in form and purpose.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It must've taken the designers alot of gumption to go through with this design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could be interesting. If the Tornante is even somewhat as capable as the Apollo, it should put out some serious uppercuts to the competition. And I dont think the Apollo was THAT ugly. Sure it was kinda like an Opel on 'roids, but not the ugliest thing Ive ever seen. Not even close.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The same design team did a good job on the bentley shooting brake.

        Maybe at the end of the day, the new Gumpert will look better than the new Pagani (which looks like an overweight catfish).
        Who would have thought of that a few weeks ago?

      • 3 Years Ago
      If this ( http://goo.gl/xlHff ) is the real Gumpert Tornante, I like it! Italian guys from Touring did a nice job.