An Almost Attractive Gumpert
By: Chuck Squatriglia
Article Source: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/03/gumpert-tornante/
Photo Source: Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur
The Tornante is about as close to gorgeous as we’ve seen from Gumpert, the German boutique automaker that makes ludicrously powerful, insanely quick automobiles that place function before form.
Gumpert unveiled the Tornante at the Geneva auto show, and it’s a huge improvement over the utterly gonzo Apollo. The bodywork, by Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera, looks great from the front but it’s tail-heavy in profile. We don’t see the point of the split rear window and the rear is a bit busy, but it’s hard to go wrong with gullwing doors.
These things are totally subjective of course, and for all we know the car looks great in person — we aren’t in Geneva, and Gumpert so far hasn’t released any pics from the show floor. And frankly, this thing could look like a Pontiac Aztek and we’d still drive it because it’s got a twin-turbo Audi V8 good for 691 horsepower and a staggering 663 pound-feet of torque.
Besides — the view from the driver’s seat is pretty much the same no matter what you’re driving.