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Gumpert Tornante: Gumpert get a looker

Wed, 02 Mar 2011

Gumpert Tornante by TOURING

We’d long believed that ‘Good looking Gumpert’ was destined to be an oxymoron for ever more. But we were wrong. Because the Gumpert Tornante by TOURING is a good-looking Gumpert, in a butch, don’t-mess-with-me kind of way.

Which should do wonders for Gumpert’s sales, sales that have not been exactly stellar so far despite the Gumpert Apollo being the closest thing to a road-legal track car there is.

On offer in the much better looking Tornante – designed by Touring Superleggera,┬áthe same bunch who put the Bentley Continental Estate together last year – is a car where you won’t have to explain away the looks. Well, maybe that split rear window.

But despite the cosmetic improvements the Tornante still walks the walk. It gets a 4.2 litre turbocharged Audi lump with 700bhp, all fed to the back wheels through a race-inspired sequential ‘box. But now you also get some paddle-shifts.

Word on the grapevine is that this 700bhp version is just the start, and Roland Gumpert has something rather more powerful up his sleeve.

Things are looking up at Gumpert.

By Cars UK