The posh, automotive events surrounding the annual Monterey Car Week bring boutique supercar makers to the California peninsula like moths to the flame. This year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance sees Italian designer Icona returning to the spotlight with its one-off Vulcano Titanium, and the company is already teasing the coupe on video. As the name implies, the supercar is made from a mix of titanium and carbon fiber, and the body reportedly requires 1,000 hours of craftsmanship to build.

The overall design of what Icona calls the world's first titanium car is largely the same at the original Vulcano. The passenger compartment is pushed as far back as possible to allow for a long, angular hood to protrude in front. The vents behind each wheel pulls hot air through the engine bay and are one of the best styling features.

When Icona debuted the Vulcano at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, the supercar was offered with a 950-horsepower hybrid V12. That's gone on the Titanium in favor of a Corvette ZR1-sourced supercharged V8 with 670 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. The company claims that the less powerful mill can still get the coupe to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, to 120 mph in 8.8 seconds, and to a top speed of 220 mph. Other details about the one-off supercar aren't known yet, but expect full coverage of Monterey Car Week on Autoblog as it unfolds over the coming days.
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ICONA is back with The Beauty & the Beast!

Turin – 04/08/2015. Icona announces the Vulcano Titanium ready for its world premiere at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2015.

This one-off creation from Italian designhouse Icona is a world first with its unique titanium and carbon fiber body. The car was first presented at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2013 and at Pebble Beach the same year. "Inspiration for the Vulcano came from the world's fastest plane, the Blackbird SR-71, whose sharp and dramatic silhouette complimenting its sensual surface transitions was key to the styling of the Vulcano." said Icona design director Samuel Chuffart. The naked titanium body is a sculpture, revealing its 1,000 hours of hand-crafted work in the most pure form. The Vulcano's strongly sculpted body side and voluptuous shapes evacuate the hot air from the engine and reduce air turbulence generated by the wheels.

The Vulcano Titanium was built by Cecomp, an Italian coachbuilder with a long and glorious history. The powertrain is the work of Claudio Lombardi, ex-Scuderia Ferrari director and mastermind of numerous world champion cars with Mario Cavagnero, the man behind the Lancia Racing team and father of the engine of many championship-winning cars (the famous Lancia Integrale and 037, as well as the complete Peugeot T16 family)

The Vulcano has a mid-front engine calibrated for homologated road and race use with an optimum balance of usability and efficiency. Capable to be tuned to well over 1000 horsepower should the owner demand it, the optimized 670 horsepower and 840 N/m of its supercharged V8 is sourced from the record-beating ZR1 and is coupled with a paddle-shift close ratio gearbox from Automac Modena, allowing 0 to 60 miles/hr in 2.8 seconds and 120 miles/hr in 8.8 seconds. With its bare handcrafted titanium body, this beautiful and voluptuous 220 mile/hr hypercar definitely brings together the Beauty and the Beast!

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