Now, buy a Made in China Hypercar!!

We are the largest economy. We have the biggest population. We have the largest army. We are the biggest manufactures of electronic goods. But wait.. we dont have a supercar to boast of… so lets build one said the Chinese and have given us their very ‘own’ supercar. The Icona Vulcano. Let me clarify a bit more. Supercar built with Italian expertise and Chinese money.   Ok. So here we have a competitor to the Lamborghini Aventador, Nissan GTR, Ferrari F12, Porsche 911 etc

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The car that made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2013 is production ready albeit with few changes from the prototype. Instead of the 1000 bhp motor on the prototype, this one comes with Corvette ZR1-sourced 6.2 liter V8 engine that makes 670 horsepower and 840 Nm of torque. The car can reach 0-100kph in 2.8 seconds topping out at 354 kmph according to the company. The engine can be tuned to “well over 1000 horsepower” if the customer demands it is what the manufacturer says. But we are doubtful of the claim as ‘well over 1000 hp’ mill will require a lot stiffer chassis. The powertrain of the Vulcano was developed by Claudio Lombardi, an ex-Scuderia Ferrari, Ferrari GT engineer.

Its designer, Samuel Chuffart, stated: “Inspiration for the Vulcano came from the world’s fastest plane, the Blackbird SR-71, whose sharp and dramatic silhouette complimenting its sensual surface transitions was key to the styling of the Vulcano.” To me the front looks like Lexus LFA, the sides have clear inspiration from the Ferrari F12 and the doors.. they are love child of the gull-wing dorrs and conventional car doors. Ugly. 

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The body is all carbon fibre along with titanium. The coachwork was done by Cecomp, an Italian coachbuilder located in Turin, specialized in developing prototypes and models for car manufacturers such as Toyota and Maserati. More information will be revealed at Pebble Beach. The 2015 Concours d’Elegance takes place at Pebble Beach in Monterey, California, on Sunday August 16.

To sum it up, this production version is a pale shadow of the prototype since the most important thing, hybrid powertrain producing a combined 1000 bhp promised in 2013 has been ditched altogether for a Corvette ZR1 engine. To me, this so called supercar doesn’t make sense. It is going to be exensive. It wont have an engine as refined as the German ones. The electronics on the car wont be as good as the Japanese. It wont be  having the finesse of British luxury. Why buy one? Icona Vulcano to me is more of a patriotic chest thumping.Ok. Well done Chinese!!!

 

 

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