Vijay Pattni25 January 2011

Gumpert announces new ‘Tourer’ model

Purveyor of very fast and very ugly hypercars set to debut all-new Very Fast Estate called ‘Tornante’

Gumpert Apollo

Gumpert has announced it will debut a new model dubbed ‘Tornante' at the upcoming Geneva motor show.

That manufacturer of the bonkers Apollo (pictured above) - a car which briefly held the record as the quickest around the TG track - has commissioned Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera to come up with a two-seater ‘Fast Tourer'.

See pics of the Gumpert Apollo Speed

The new model will house a new central chassis and a V8 engine. No details on power or performance, but remember, the Apollo Speed uses a twin-turbo version of Audi's old 4.2-litre V8 pushing out a not-inconsiderable 700bhp, good for a 0-62mph time of under three seconds.

The Tornanate is also said to feature composite body panels on a space frame with a carbon fibre monocoque.

Gumpert hasn't released any images of the Tornante, but "requested the Milanese designer to add space, elegance and comfort" to its very speed-orientated sensibilities. One of these words is crucial for the Apollo: elegance.

Don't forget, Touring Superleggera was behind that divine Bentley shooting brake concept at the Paris motor show. With the Gumpert, we imagine their workload for making ‘elegance' is somewhat more substantial.

We'll have more details for you as and when they drop, so stay tuned. Can you imagine an estate Gumpert packing Nurburgring-shattering performance and ‘elegance'? After all, we've already seen Ferrari's take on a shooting brake...

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