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Bertone GB110 opens a new chapter in the coachbuilder’s history

Bertone GB110 opens a new chapter in the coachbuilder’s history

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Bertone, one of the oldest and most respected Italian coachbuilders, wants to sit at the car manufacturers’ table. The company followed arch-rival Pininfarina into the supercar segment with an eye-popping limited-edition coupe called the GB110, powered by a 1,100 hp engine.

Computer-generated images released by Bertone show a wedge-shaped car that’s wide, low, and fairly clean in design; it doesn’t look like a race car that’s just street legal enough to carry license plates. Giovanni Sapio, GB110 project manager, points out that the overall design is inspired by previous Bertone concepts such as the 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero and the 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo.

Interior pictures have not yet been released. Likewise, technical details are few and far between. Bertone merely notes that the GB110’s chassis is “based on components from a German manufacturer” and that its mysterious engine develops around 1,100 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. It turns the four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. While we don’t want to fuel speculation, we do want to point out that the only German supercar with a mid-engine, seven-speed automatic and four-wheel drive is the Audi R8.

Regardless of what it’s powered by or based on, the GB110 is intriguingly configured to burn what Bertone calls “fuel made from plastic waste”. It has partnered with Select Fuel, which has reportedly developed and patented technology capable of converting polycarbonate materials into renewable fuel. Feeding the engine what sounds a lot like an alchemized and liquefied mixture of plastic trash sends the coupe from zero to 62 mph in 2.79 seconds, zero to 124 mph in 6.79 seconds and on to one Top speed of over 236 miles per hour.

Bertone plans to make 33 units of the GB110 available worldwide. Pricing information has not been disclosed, but it seems like the company already has big plans for the future. It announced that the new coupe is the first model in an upcoming series of limited edition vehicles.

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