Gumpert Tornante supercar, a luxury version of the Apollo


Gumpert will be bringing another version of the Apollo supercar to the market, which is called the Gumpert Tornante. Gumpert has teamed up with with an Italian coach builder to create a more luxurious version supercar.

The Tornante is a two-seater supercar that is more refined and luxurious than the racer-like Apollo supercar. Noticeably, we see the tone down of the large frontal and side air intakes to make it seamlessly flow smoothly as a one piece car. And at rear end, the rear wing has been taken out to open the view for the split rear window. In addition, there is more improvement on the passenger and luggage space to provide a comfortable ride like a luxury sports car should be.

Thanks to the space frame chassis and same mid-engine layout borrowed from the Apollo, the Tornante is weighed only at 2,866 pounds with all the luxury amenities.

The Gumpert Tornante is powered by the same Audi 4.2-liter V8 biturbo engine that has five valves per cylinder and four overhead camshafts. The V8 engine got revised by Gumpert engineers to produce 700 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The staggering power upgrade is made possible with the help of the four Lambda probes for gas mixture and diagnostics, on-board diagnostic system, two intercoolers, electronic ignition with a rested eight-coil ignition distribution, sequential multipoint fuel injection, electronic accelerator system (drive-by-wire), and a double-flow exhaust system with 3-way catalytic converter.

The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that can change gears at a very fast speed of 40 milliseconds, which is faster than the speed of a blinking eye. While no exact performance numbers provide by Gumpert, but the Tornante has an estimated top speed of 186 mph.

Suspension wise, the Gumpert Tornante uses pushrod-operated double transverse control arm suspension with fully adjustable dampers front and rear and anti-roll bar in front, which is adjustable between 60 and 140 mm of ground clearance. Stopping power is provided by two circuit ABS brake system with six piston calipers on the 378×32 mm-ventilated discs for both front and rear ends. While Michelin Pilot Super Sport 265/35 ZR19 front and 345/30 ZR20 back were used on the aluminum wheels.

The Gumpert Tornante luxury supercar will go on sale in 2012. In the meantime, you can check its brethren, the Gumpert Apollo making the track below. It uses the same engine, but tuned to 789 horsepower instead.