Monday, August 17, 2015


The 2013 Shanghai Auto Show saw the entry of the 2013 Icona Vulcano idea , an Italian-penned Chinese supercar that looked to make a standard transformation in the supercar portion. That didn't turn out as arranged, however, as the Vulcano's minute in the sun was fleeting. The auto that guaranteed just about 1,000 drive of half and half innovation left the scene when it arrived, staying torpid from that point forward. 

Be that as it may, all that is going to change now that Icona has affirmed the Vulcano will come back with a retaliation and retch hot magma at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 16, 2015. 

Volcanic references in any case, the arrival of the Vulcano is an appreciated sight at Pebble Beach. Since its show-halting cameo at Shanghai , the Vulcano has developed more like a creation auto. That doesn't essentially imply that we'll see Icona begin taking requests at the Concours, yet to the extent progress goes, the new emphasis, called the Vulcano Titanium, looks a great deal more prepared to eject (sorry) into the fascinating scene than its forerunner ever could. The general configuration of the Vulcano didn't change much from the idea form. The emotional flight comes as the material utilized for the body of the car.

As the name implies, the Vulcano Titanium’s body is made primarily out of hand-crafted titanium and carbon fiber. According to Icona, the titanium body took 1,000 hours to complete, proving that if nothing else, dedication runs rampant within Icona’s workforce.

The bodywork of the Vulcano was done by Turin-based coachbuilder Cecomp, known in the business as one of the best at developing prototypes, having previously worked with the likes of Toyota , Maserati , and Lancia in the past. Quick trivia: the Lancia S4, regarded as one of the finest vehicles Lancia has ever built, was designed by the same creative thinkers from Cecomp.

The Vulcano’s body has a little bit of shooting brake influence in it, but not obvious enough to confuse it as one. The swooping shoulder lines make sure of that, creating a muscular side profile that enhances the car’s athletic design.

The front end showcases depths of aggression with the vented hood dropping nicely into the nose. The headlights and the intakes also have a little Lamborghini flavor to them. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since those Lambo intakes have become iconic in the supercar world. Speaking of Lamborghini influences, the butterfly doors on the Vulcano are straight out of the exotic book, too.

It’s not a perfect design by any means, because the oversized front fenders look a little out of place and the rather stunted front bumper kind of disrupts the side profile balance of the car. But overall, Cecomp did fine work in creating the look of the Vulcano.The company will be showcasing the Vulcano Titanium in all its glory at Pebble Beach, inviting everyone to see what naked titanium looks like when it takes the form of a sleek and sensual supercar.                                                                                                                             I’ve yet to see a clear image of the Vulcano Titanium’s interior, but a quick look at the accompanying teaser reveals a few hints about what we can expect. At the 00:12 part of the teaser, you’ll see a pair of designers working on what looks to be a design rendering of the driver’s side of the Vulcano. I don’t see much other than a sporty steering wheel with Icona’s logo embedded in the center, and a digital instrument display flanked by what appears to be air-conditioning vents. A handful of toggle switches also appear just below them.

A more recent photo shows the same steering wheel with a handful of buttons on it, including a red button that may be related to traction control. Oh, and that thing sticking out just behind the steering wheel? That’s a paddle shifter.

Noticeable by its absence from the initial design renderings of the concept is the driver-facing digital center console. Unless it’s not seen in this particular photo, don’t be surprised if Icona decided to do away with it in favor of a more conventional design.

Other than these amateurish attempts at investigation, expect the Vulcano to also feature a pair of leather-covered sports bucket seats and splashes of carbon fiber throughout the cabin. So much for being a hybrid supercar, right? The Icona Vulcano Titanium’s powertrain is, without question, the biggest departure from the first prototype we saw at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

When it first graced us with its presence in Shanghai, the Vulcano came with two different engines: a twin-turbocharged V-6 or a 6.0-liter V-12. Both engines were combined with electric motors.

The twin-turbo V-6 version, dubbed the H-Competizione, was accompanied by a pair of electric motors, combining to produce 870 horsepower, allowing it run 0 to 60 mph in three seconds to go with a top speed of 215 mph, estimated. The V-6 and the electric motors also worked together to give the Vulcan all-wheel drive.

Meanwhile, the V-12 version, called the H-Turismo, only came with one electric motor. It only had rear-wheel drive. But with the bigger engine, the H-Turismo Vulcan could reach up to 950 horsepower, pushing its 0 to 60 mph time to 2.9 seconds with a top speed that remained at 215mph.

But that was then. Now, Icona has completely taken out any vestiges of being environmentally conscious in favor of a gas-guzzling, Chevrolet -sourced, 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that was once found in the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 . The output may have dropped to 670 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque, but Icona has promised performance modifications that could bring the power level up to well over 1,000 horsepower.

The current iteration now utilizes a paddle-shifted gearbox from Automac Modena to send the juice to the rear wheels, helping the Vulcano reach 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 0 to 120 mph in 8.7 seconds, and a top speed of 220 mph. Icona hasn’t released any pricing details on the Vulcano, but if its most recent form ever hits dealerships, expect the price to be well entrenched in the six-figure territory.

In case Icona does push a titanium-bodied Vulcano into the streets, the expense for one of these unpleasant young fellows could be $500,000. A while back when it was being touted as an excellent foe to the ultra-particular blend supercar trinity —  the McLaren P1 GTR AND 2014 Ferraari Laferrari  — it was definitely not hard to throw the Vulcano into that assembling. 

Regardless, now that Icona has traded creamer advancement for the more normal supercar engine setup, the Vulcano now finds itself going up against an impressive measure more fishes in this fuel-mixed lake. Among them is the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador , Sant'Agata's occupant snorting bah bah.

By sheer name esteem alone, the Icona Vulcano still has a great deal to demonstrate when looked at against the exponentially more settled Aventador . In any case, Icona can exploit its touting so as to baffle atmosphere its all-titanium body, something the Aventador, or some other supercar so far as that is concerned, can't gloat of. That said, it's not care for the Aventador was fabricated from scrap-metal. It's additionally unfathomably lightweight, thanks in extensive part to a body that mostly comprises of aluminum, carbon fiber and SMC. Yet, that shouldn't prevent Icona on the grounds that how about we give credit where it's expected — a titanium-bodied auto is really marvelous. 

Also, even with a littler motor than the Aventador's 6.5-liter V-12 powerhouse, the Vulcano can in any case go toe-to-toe with the Aventador. The Lambo has the slight edge in strength with 700 horses available to its, yet the Vulcano's edge in torque — 620 pound-feet of torque to the Aventador's 507 pounde-feet of torque — makes it to a great degree aggressive in both 0 to 60 mph time (the Aventador can hit that number in 2.9 seconds, one-tenth of a second slower than the Vulcano) and the top rate benchmark ( the Lambo's 215-mph top rate is a bit shy of the Vulcano's 220-mph top pace). 

The Aventador's cost of $379,695 could be well inside of the ball park of what the Icona Vulcano Titanium may cost, yet until we get notification from Icona about the estimating points of interest for its supercar, it’s hard to say.

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