Italy's Next Coachbuilt Masterpiece Is Coming

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Expect it to use a Ferrari chassis.

The art of coachbuilding, taking a car and replacing the bodywork with a bespoke design, has mostly fallen to the wayside. Modern cars no longer feature a separate chassis, making it much tougher for a coachbuilder to come along and change the outer skin. Still, a few companies are left out there, like Italy's Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, that keep the art alive. Touring Superleggera is most famous for building the Alfa Romeo 8C-based Disco Volante, one of the prettiest cars of all time.

The Italian coachbuilder later built a Disco Volante Spyder variant to celebrate its 90th anniversary, and now the company is gearing up to celebrate its 95th birthday.

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Touring Superleggera
Touring Superleggera

"We at Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera are pleased and proud to announce the celebration of our 95th Anniversary as a premier coachbuilder with a new and distinctive addition to our modern product range: a graceful two-seat coupe, and quite notably, Touring's first ever creation driven by a mid-engine supercar powertrain," the company said.

A new teaser image previews the mid-engined creation alongside the Disco Volante and the Ferrari F12-based Touring Aero 3 (pictured below). This new model will share design elements with recent Touring Superleggera models, including a grille that looks like the Aero 3. Like the Aero 3, which uses an F12 as the base, this new model should use a Ferrari chassis.

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Touring Superleggera
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As evidenced by the Maserati Gran Turismo-based Sciadipersia, Touring Superleggera doe not often use the most recent models from an automaker's lineup. If this assumption is correct, this new mid-engined model will likely use the Ferrari 488 GTB as the base instead of the more recent F8 Tributo. Even so, the 488 is incredibly potent, with a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 661 horsepower.

Touring Superleggera says the car is in the final stage of production. The car will debut in June 2021 and make appearances at major car shows such as The Quail, The Bridge, Salon Prive, and the Zoute GP. More exciting news is to come, but we've already seen what Touring Superleggera can make with a front-engine platform and can't wait to see how pretty this mid-engined model will be.

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