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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Geneva 2011: tuners and coachbuilders

 

There's a whole other world at the Geneva motor show. Hidden in among the mainstream headline grabbers from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Toyota, Alfa Romeo and VW are the tuners and coachbuilders. They're the plastic surgeons of the automotive world: a small incision here, a little lift there - ideally to the power output - and Bob's your uncle, something rare and unusual to pitch to an audience that values that sort of thing.
This year you were no one unless you had twin turbos, 800bhp and a carbon body - ideally fitted to a Mercedes G-Wagen or Audi R8. Don't sneer though - this side of the industry is worth billions every year and turns out some very cool stuff.
The sort of stuff that many big automotive empires wish they could get away with...

Geneva 2011: Gumpert Tornante

 

The Gumpert Tornante has been revealed at the Geneva motor show, and it's actually quite nice.
Touring Superleggera - the team behind the Bentley Shooting Brake concept - were brought in to add a touch of elegance and class to the Gumpert's hard-to-swallow looks, and they seem to have been working overtime.
It gets gullwing doors, composite body panels and a chrome-molybdenum steel space frame together with a carbon fibre monocoque. Power comes courtesy - as in the last Gumpert - of a 4.2-litre Audi V8 producing 700bhp, mated to a paddle-shift auto.
Not at all shabby for a V8-powered ‘Fast Tourer' GT, you might agree...


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