TURIN – Two Italian design companies will unveil high-performance sports coupes at an event that aims to recall the glamor of auto shows held in Turin when the city was a global design hub.
Torino Design will unveil the Super Sport concept previewing an 800hp-plus V-12 coupe that could go on sale for more than 1 million euros. Another Turin styling house, Up Design, will unveil the Mole 01 concept for a V-8 coupe.
Both concepts will debut at the June 11 opening of the first Parco Valentino Car Show.
The Super Sport has been created for a Torino Design client who plans to build 20 to 50 units based on the concept. A full-size styling model will debut together with a carbon fiber running chassis that will underpin the production model.
The coupe has its V-12 engine mounted in mid-rear position. At 4400mm long, 2000mm wide and 1200mm tall, the Super Sport is slightly shorter and a little taller than a Ferrari La Ferrari.
Torino Design CEO Roberto Piatti said more details about the Super Sport and the commercial plans of the unnamed client who commissioned the concept will be disclosed at the car's unveiling.
Piatti, an engineer who had previously worked at I.De.A. Institute and the Stile Bertone design center, founded Torino Design in 2006. The company has completed about 200 design projects for global automakers and heavy truck makers, including concept cars and production models for China’s Chery Automobile, as well as concept car for Guangzhou Automobile Group and a complete truck program for Ashok Leyland of India.
Up Design says it could hand build up to eight units of the Mole 01 concept for a mid-rear engine coupe at a cost of about 200,000 euros for each unit for clients who provide a powertrain and chassis.