Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Icona Vulcano

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

SuckSqueezeBangBlow was very excited to be present for the European unveiling of this spangly rouge brute, the Icona Vulcano, at Salon Privé.
Icona made its name in 2010 with the Fuselage, an electric concept from the Chinese design studio that featured such outlandish features as polycarbonate wheels and gullwing doors with wave-inspired ripples. But this new creation, the Vulcano, is more in line with traditional supercar values: two doors, two seats, and a whacking great V12. There is, however, a twist in the powertrain: that V12 harnesses hybrid technology to hit a peak of 950bhp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-120mph in nine seconds and go on to 217mph. Engineered by former Scuderia Ferrari technical director Claudio Lombardi, this £2.5m one-off has shades of the Ferrari F12berlinetta in its wind-hewn flanks and, weirdly, something of the '70 Dodge Super Bee about the tail-lights. (No? Just me...?) It's beautiful, rapid, technologically advanced, and everything a supercar should be. Expect Gulf-state speculators to be queueing around the block.

Click here for more photos from Salon Privé 2013.

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