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Touring Superleggera, the iconic Italian coach-builder responsible for cars like the Aston Martin DB4, Jensen Interceptor, and Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, unveiled today its latest creation: the Aero 3. It’s a two-door front-engine supercar with carbon fiber body panels, a naturally aspirated V-12 engine, a dual-clutch transmission, and a massive fin in the rear.
According to the Italian firm, the Aero 3 is a tribute to the company’s own role in the developing the “science of automotive aerodynamics,” when it first started to use wind tunnel to begin shaping design. That gigantic fin that stretches from the top of the cabin to the tail of the car “has no aerodynamic function in itself, but evokes Touring’s aerodynamics legacy, from the Thirties onward,” according to Louis de Fabribeckers, the company’s head of design. The front end is dominated by an Alfa-Romeo-like trapezoidal grille, joined by thin, teardrop-shaped headlights and daytime running light strips on either side.
Touring Superleggera says the Aero 3 uses the chassis and drivetrain from a “premier Italian supercar,” though doesn’t actually specify what that supercar is. Judging by the specs and the Aero 3’s general shape, we’d guess it’s the Ferrari F12berlinetta. Power comes from a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine making 740 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque, sending power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Just fifteen Aero 3s will be built, and three have already been sold. The show car you see here wears a livery inspired by the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B LM Coupé Berlinetta Aerodinamica that raced at Le Mans in 1938. It’ll make its first public appearance on September 23 at the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance, taking place at Blenheim Palace in the United Kingdom. We bet it won’t be long until Touring secures the remaining reservations.
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