Italdesign first supercar unveiled at Geneva motor show.

The Audi-owned design company has developed a brand new supercar division, called ‘Italdesign Automobili Speciale’. It will make high performance, low-volume cars for high-end buyers.

The new car, which has not yet been named, will have carbon fibre bodywork and share its underpinnings with the Lamborghini Huracan. Just five examples will be built.

Italdesign’s Audi roots are reflected in its engine, which will be an R8-derived 5.2-litre V10. Power is expected to be around the 600bhp mark, giving a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of over 200mph. Whether the car will be rear- or all-wheel-drive has not been confirmed, but it will have a dual-clutch transmission.

Prices have not been officially announced yet but are estimated to be around $1.6million.

"We plan to launch a new one-off or ultra-low volume series every 18 to 24 months," Italdesign CEO Joerg Astalosch told Automotive News Europe in an interview.

"One-offs will be small projects of up to nine vehicles while ultra-low series will be between 10 and 99 units,” he said.

As well as their low-volume models, the new supercar division may also help design, engineering and production for other manufacturers in the Volkswagen Group.

Written by Christopher Coates.

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