Published on 08 Jan 2013 by Dan Read
The German supercar maker, who last came to our attention with the Nurburgring record beating Apollo in 2009, is back. Having spent the last few months fighting insolvency, Gumpert have returned with a machine to challenge the likes of the Lamborghini Aventador.
Power for the Tornante comes from a twin-turbo V8. A paddle shift semi-automatic six-speed gearbox delivers the 690bhp to Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which have been developed with input from the likes of BMW’s M Division, Ferrari and Porsche, so should be well capable of holding the road at the Tornante’s 186mph top speed.
We’re not sure why the German marque, which was founded by ex-Audi Motorsport Division head Roland Gumpert, has named the car after the Italian word for a hairpin corner. It would be guess work to assume that Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, who designed the composite shell that sits over the car’s space frame chassis, had a hand in its naming.
The Tornante is being described as a “fast tourer” so will provide a more forgiving ride than the track focused Apollo supercar. Let’s hope it’s also more forgiving on the company’s profits than the extreme Apollo which they broke the bank to build.