Back in 2013 an unknown Chinese company showcased a very impressive super-car which they promised it would have more than 1,000 horsepower and it would get to speeds of well over 240 MPH. However, because the budget was short and there wasn’t enough interest about this car they decided to put the project on hold. Luckily though, back in August the 2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium has been released once again, this time with a completed concept car which runs and with a lot more details than the first time they presented it.
2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium Price
The car has been manufactured in Italy and even though it is a Chinese company, their main engineer is a former Ferrari engineer, Claudio Lombardi, which designed some of their former F-1 engines. On top of that, the car has been designed by a former Bertone designer and bodied in Italy by Cecomb which is also a partner for them. The price is unknown at this point and the release date might be some time away but considering they managed to get the hardest part ready, the car could be one or two years away from production. The price will likely be well over $2 million, especially since it is the only car in the World to feature a body made out of a composite which includes titanium and carbon fiber.
This not only makes it incredibly light at just 3,500 pounds, but it also gives the car a massive structural rigidity. The design of the 2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium is a bit misleading because it looks like the designer took a bit from the Ferrari F12 and from the Lexus LFA and combined everything in a single package. While it does look cool, it is not unique and for some inexperienced people, the car may look a lot like a Ferrari. The lines flow nicely and the back has a really aggressive design with four tail-lights and a center mounted exhaust. The only problem we have with the concept is that it looks to be rushed so the panels do not fit it perfectly which is a bit of a problem for such an expensive car.
2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium Interior
The interior is not that impressive either which could tell us that this is not the final product. The steering wheel is a Ferrari wheel with the badge removed while the dashboard looks to be taken straight out of a Corvette. This is because its chassis as well as most of the running gear have been adapted from the Corvette which do reduce research and development costs but these don’t make it a desirable car like a Ferrari or a Koenigsegg.
2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium Engine
Engine wise, the 2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium is equipped with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 which has been borrowed from the Corvette. This engine makes 670 horsepower and 620 lb-ft of torque and it is mated to a specifically designed 6 speed sequential gearbox. Thanks to it, the car will get from 0 to 60 MPH in just 2.8 seconds and up to a maximum top speed of around 220 MPH. Icona even said that the car may be tuned to make well over 1,000 horsepower but we doubt it, especially since it would take a lot of development to get that amount of power reliably from a 6.2 liter V8. They also said that a twin-turbo V6 that would most likely come from GM as well or even a V12 engine which could be developed independently are also possibilities. They also said that a hybrid is in the works. This would provide great fuel efficiency while being able to provide higher performance than the V8. However, considering their first press release back in 2013 we can only wait and see the end result.