By Ronan Glon
Wednesday, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 6:17 am
 

Several leaked patent images have prematurely revealed the much-awaited production version of the Gumpert Tornante. Designed by an ex-Audi engineer, the Tornante was presented to the public as a concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

In its transformation from a show car to a production car, the Tornante has gained a smaller grille, sharper headlights and an entirely redesigned rear end which now features horizontal tail lamps and louvers instead of a split rear window.

Like the concept that inspired it, the Tornante is powered by an Audi-sourced twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V8 engine that makes a potent 690 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed semi-automatic transmission controlled by shift paddles.

Gumpert came frighteningly close to shutting its doors several months ago and it appeared that the Tornante would remain a concept forever. New investors have recently breathed life into the automaker and the supercar will likely make its public debut in Geneva next March.

Prior to changing hands, Gumpert was mulling an expansion into the Chinese market. An earlier report claims that the company's new owner wants to focus on expanding in Europe before seeking new markets abroad, meaning that the Tornante will likely not make it to the United States in the near future.

Pricing information and a full set of technical details will be released in the coming months.