Icona Vulcano

The Icona Vulcano supercar finally exposes her delectable curves at the ongoing Auto Shanghai, for all the world to see. As you’ll no doubt have noticed, the one-off vehicle shares more than a few design similarities with the products of a certain Italian brand.

Funnily enough, for its stunning aesthetics, we have French designer Samuel Chuffart to thank. Chuffart previously worked for Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover before becoming head of the Shanghai-based Icona studio. The Vulcano is meant to be an evolution of the Auto Shanghai 2011-debuting Fuselage concept.

Icona Vulcano

Ex-Ferrari engine technical director Claudio Lombardi, who also designed engines for Lancia, has come up with two powertrains for the Shanghai show sizzler, designated H-Turismo V12 (RWD) and H-Competizione (4WD).

The former involves a 790 hp V12 and a 160 hp electric motor. With this powertrain, 0-100 km/h is accomplished in three seconds; 0-200 km/h in 9.2 seconds. Top speed is just shy of a heady 350 km/h.

The other powertrain involves a 550 hp twin-turbo V6 and not one, but two 160 hp electric motors (driving both front and rear wheels). Here, the century sprint is done in just under three seconds, and the double century in 8.9 seconds, while the top speed remains the same.