As is customary with such machinery from the styling house, what we have here is a distinctive wedge shape with an impossibly massive windshield that sits as close to the ground as physics will allow. It looks kind of like an orange and gray Dust Buster ... and we mean that in the nicest way possible. Named after founder Giovanni Bertone's son, the Nuccio was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Turin-based styling house.
As far as what's under the doorstop-shaped bodywork, we only know it features a 4.3-liter V8 with 480 horsepower that comes from Ferrari – we've heard through the grapevine that the Nuccio is based on the guts of a Ferrari F430. Feel free to browse the press release below, and be sure to scroll through our high-res image gallery of live photos above. And if you like it, rumor has it that at least one may be available for sale...
Caprie (TO), 10 February 2012 – The concept car that Bertone will world preview at the Geneva Motor Show (8-18 March) to celebrate its Centenary is called the Nuccio, after the never-to-be-forgotten master of Italian styling in the world.
The Nuccio is an "extreme" sportscar that puts an evolutionary imprint on the concept that is built into Bertone's dna: the mid-rear engined berlinetta. Formally, the Nuccio takes its layout from the low, muscular one-box design that is part of the company's historic tradition. At the same time, it displays a styling language of strong emotional impact that projects the brand's identity into the future.
The Nuccio will be under the spotlight at all the events scheduled for the Bertone Centenary. After the Geneva Show the car will be taken to Beijing (April) and to the Turin National Car Museum (May) where, at a gala evening, a historic exhibition will be inaugurated that will stay open till the summer. Bertone is also sponsoring the annual congress of Automotive News Europe (June) that will be displaying the Nuccio during its proceedings. Finally, the Concorso Italiano at Laguna Seca, California, USA (August) will be dedicated to Bertone as will a special edition of the Florence Unique Special Ones (September), two events that will be attended by the most important international collectors along with their vehicles.