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Puritalia Berlinetta Is 965-HP Of Italian Magic

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965 horsepower propels the retro-styled hybrid super-coupe to 62 in 2.7 seconds.

Between the Pininfarina Battista, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster, and Ferrari F8 Tributo, there's no lack of Italian supercars to get your heart racing at the Geneva Motor Show this year. But you won't want to overlook the Puritalia Berlinetta.

Following teaser images released in the ramp-up to the show, Puritalia has revealed its new Berlinetta, packing one heck of a potent hybrid powertrain. The system pairs a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 in the nose with an electric motor on the rear axle to produce a massive 965 horsepower and 920 lb-ft of torque.

That's a bit more power and a whole lot more torque than the long-since discontinued LaFerrari, and is said to be capable of rocketing the hybrid super-coupe to 62 in just 2.7 seconds and on to a top speed quoted at 208 miles per hour.

The powertrain was developed in the US, with an electric motor weighing just 55 lbs (supplied by British manufacturer Yasa), a 700-volt lithium-ion phosphate battery, and a seven-speed sequential gearbox. An artificial-intelligence system manages the car's electronics and dynamics, with a carbon and aluminum chassis engineered for perfect 50/50 front-rear weight distribution.

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It's all nestled beneath decidedly more retro bodywork clearly derived from the Puritalia 427 roadster revealed earlier this decade, which in turn was inspired by the Shelby Cobra. But instead of following the lines of the Cobra Daytona coupe, the Puritalia Berlinetta looks to us more like the Mercedes-AMG GT from the A-pillar rearwards. (And that's no bad thing.)

Only 150 examples will be built, each starting at €553,350 (or about $627k at current exchange rates). That's no small chunk of change, but hardly seems like too much to ask for such an exclusive, stylish, powerful, and capable Italian supercar.