Bet you can’t guess what the 2018 Sciàdipersia is based on.
Touring has been producing beautifully styled automotive works of art for over 90 years, including the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, and its latest creation the 2018 Touring Sciàdipersia. Revealed at this year's Geneva Auto Show, details about this GT have been rather scarce and we have yet to see it on the road. To remedy this oversight Head of Design, Louis de Fabribeckers, gave Jay Leno an in-depth tour of this beautiful car before they headed out on the open road for a test drive.
According to the company, the car is "a modern manifestation of the romance of travel, evoking the ethos of the Orient Express on four wheels, it is large, powerful, luxurious, but cleverly designed to disguise its size." According to us it is a super desirable grand tourer based on one of the best GTs around, the Maserati GranTurismo.
The term 'coach-built' was far more commonly used back in the early days of motoring when customers would purchase a rolling chassis from a motor manufacturer and then commission a custom body for it. The Touring Sciàdipersia is just such a car, using the chassis and running gear of a contemporary GranTurismo it is a totally bespoke vehicle, crafted with age-old design methods and sharing just its windscreen with the original car.
It does, however, incorporate numerous modern materials and over 50 percent of its panels were created using carbon fiber. The engine itself has been left untouched which means under that sculpted hood sits a 454-horsepower, 4.7-liter V8, providing smooth and effortless performance perfectly in keeping with the character of the car. The already superb Maserati exhaust note has also been further enhanced with a modified exhaust system.
Due to the prohibitive cost of getting a new interior homologated for production, the dashboard and steering wheel are as you would find in a standard GranTurismo. The seats and just about every other trim component are a totally bespoke design and there is also a full-length panoramic sunroof that transforms the look of the cabin.
Each year, Touring Superleggera produces a limited-edition model such as the Sciàdipersia. In this case, it will limit production to a mere ten units ensuring that this GT will remain an extremely rare sight on the roads.