New supercar a beauty and beast combo

Last updated 09:19 26/03/2013
A teaser image of the one-off supercar, the Icona Vulcano.

SNEAK PEEK: A teaser image of the one-off supercar, the Icona Vulcano.

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A "beauty and the beast" combo out of Shanghai is the latest creation to join the world's supercars ranks.

The Vulcano, a one-off supersports car, coachbuilt in Italy but designed by Icona, an Italian design house based in Shanghai, will be unveiled at the Shanghai auto show next month.

Icona has recently released just the one teaser image of the car that that comes hot on the heels of other new supercars like the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and the Lamborghini Venano.

The powertrain - the work of Claudio Lombardi, a former technical director of Ferrari and mastermind of numerous world champion cars - is a front engine V12 reaching up to 900 horsepower through a combination of combustion engine and electric motors.

Top speed for the two-door two-seater car will be around 350 kmh, and 0-200 kmh will be under 10 seconds.

With Icona tagging the powertrain as the beast side of the vehicle, it says the beauty comes through the design phase which follows on from the Icona Fuselage concept from 2011 by the company's design director Samuel Chuffart who has previously designed cars for Nissan and Jaguar-Land Rover.

"The aim of the design approach is to express the amazing capabilities of this extremely powerful car, while maintaining harmonious and generous shapes: bringing together the Beauty and the Beast," a company press release trumpets.

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