Ferrari. Maserati. Lamborghini. Bertone? While Italy holds the honor of being one of only a handful of countries with the capability of producing supercars, only three names have gained household recognition. What most people don’t know is that there are other Italian companies that have helped sculpt the country’s automotive superiority. Here are four of them with their new concept cars.
Although the wedge-y Nuccio looks like a retro-futuristic vehicle designed during the disco era, it’s very much new. That’s what happens when Bertone designs a car that pays homage to one they built in 1970, the Stratos. However, with 483 hp from its 4.3-liter V-8, this modern car makes very modern horsepower, and with an estimated 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, it will keep up with most modern cars, too. Just not in the looks department.
Italdesign Giugiaro Brivido
Built by Italdesign Giugiaro, the Brivido is a joint tech exercise with parent company Volkswagen. With monitors, cameras, touchpads and an iPad dock, its all the stuff of sci-fi. Italian for “thrill,” the Brivido lives up to its name by producing 408 hp from its supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine and hybrid electric motors. Giugiaro claims the Brivido will accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 5.8 seconds.
Pininfarina Cambiano Concept
An Italian design powerhouse, Pininfarina has penned automobiles for Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Maserati and Cadillac, among others. With the new Cambiano, or “change,” Pininfarina does exactly what the Italian word translates to by changing the game. The 3-door design (one on the driver’s side and two on the passenger), four electric motors and diesel-powered turbine generator are just a few of the vehicle’s forward-thinking technologies.
Touring Superleggera Disco Volante
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Disco Volante, the new creation from Touring Superleggera has strong hints of a disco volante, or “flying saucer.” Based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione supercar, the modern interpretation is more flying than saucer with its 4.7-liter V-8 engine spinning 443 hp. Touring Superleggera estimates 0-60 mph in about four-Mississippis, or 4.2 seconds.
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