Italdesign has been teasing this new model for quite a while now, but the official reveal is finally here … and what a bold statement it is.
Called the Italdesign Automobili Speciali, the newcomer is basically a “welcome back” product from the famous Italian automobile design house founded by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
Seeing that Italdesign is owned by Audi, we expect the Speciali to use plenty of components from the R8 (and Lamborghini Huracán), including the naturally aspirated 5,2-litre V10. The body, meanwhile, is fashioned entirely from carbon-fibre and it will sit on a carbon-fibre and aluminium modular chassis.
The 0-100 km/h acceleration figure of 3,2 seconds matches that of the Audi R8, while this model tops out “in excess of 330 km/h”.
The Automobili Speciali measures 4 847 mm long, 1 970 mm wide and 1 204 mm high. And, being penned by a boutique design house, the appearance of this car is perhaps what matters the most.
Italdesign boss Massimo Bovi said that the designers went all out when it came to putting the Speciali together and that only the finest production methods were used.
Just five units, all of which will be assembled by the end of the year, will be built. Each will cost €1,5-million (around R20,5-million). Expect to see the new model on display at Geneva next month.