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Italdesign Zerouno convertible will show at Geneva motor show

Italdesign Zerouno convertible

The Italdesign Zerouno will gain a convertible variant to cater to demand, after the design house sold all five examples of the coupé it produced. The model has been revealed ahead of its Geneva reveal, although the company remains tight-lipped on details, including the open-roof model’s name.

The car makes up part of Italdesign’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and will be on display at the Geneva motor show next month.

The V10 supercar is capable of over 200mph and has been launched by the famous Turin-based design house, which was founded by Giorgetto Giugiaro in the late 1960s and now part of Volkswagen Group. It marks the first of several planned low-volume models produced by the new Italdesign Automobili Speciali.

Although not officially revealed, the entry-level price for a Zerouno is said to be more than £1.3 million – but it is tipped to cost close to £2m after owners add their chosen extras. These include a wide variety of trim, equipment and performance personalisation options.

The five customer cars were aimed at “collectors and visionary enthusiasts”. The brand said it still has several buyers after a car, so was previously exploring the “possibility to build a roadster version”, having already opened “dialogue with customers worldwide to truly materialise their wishes into it”.

The new supercar uses a 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine shared with the top-end versions of the Audi R8. It also adopts Audi’s quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system. Top speed is estimated at 205mph and the 0-62mph acceleration time will be just 3.2sec.

The body panels are made entirely of carbonfibre and the car is expected to have a kerb weight that will undercut Volkswagen Group’s other V10-engined supercar models, the R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan, which weigh 1595kg and 1575kg respectively.

The overall impression of the styling is of a modernised Lancia Stratos, although Italdesign’s supercar is more than a metre longer than that model. The Zerouno is similar in footprint to the Lamborghini Aventador, at 4.87m in overall length.

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