Geneva 2011: Gumpert Torante Needs a Better Name

Automobile Staff

Despite the Gumpert Apollo's amazing performance, we've never been able to warm up to the vehicle. It just looks weird and those wonky looks manage to overpower the Apollo's rarity and take it from ultra-desirable to just plain weird.

Meet the Gumpert Tornante. Designed (obviously) not by Gumpert but instead by the metal bending masters at Touring Superleggera, the Tornante addresses the Apollo’s fundamental issue: the new car looks good. Real good. Sure, we’ve seen better, but I must say that there’s something very nice about the Tornante’s curves. There’s a tension to the metal that’s pretty fun to look at.

What’s underneath? Oh, you know, the same physics-defying 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 that makes between 640 and 790 horsepower. The sequential manual shifter has been swapped out for a set of paddles, but the transmission remains the same. Meaning that performance should stay about where it’s at, on the crazy side of loony. Now, if they could just work on the name…

For more on all the world debuts from Geneva, including more photos, videos and information, be sure to click over to Automobile Magazine's 2011 Geneva Motor Show coverage.

I had no problems with the old car's looks. It was designed for the track, and all of those vents were functional. Performance over design. I appreciate that. It definitely draws attention, but shows that you aren't just a poser. You mean business, and aren't fussing about. With the Torante, sure, its not bad, but I do miss the absolute overwhelming insanity of the Apollo. The Torante more supercar than track car.

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