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Italian design centre Camal Studio has come up with the Ramusa, a hybrid concept that bridges the supercar to that of a super-crossover, or something along those lines. Dubbed as a hyper-SUV, the study is claimed by the design studio to be the first concept of its kind derived from a pure sports layout.

The Ramusa is shaped like a supercar, complete with a two-seat and mid-engined layout, but features increased ride height. Measuring in at 4,320 mm long, 2,020 mm wide and 1,300 mm high, the vehicle offers a ground clearance of 250 mm, and in keeping with the crossover leanings, features off-road wheel arches and lots of exposed carbon.

The name, which means lizard in the Piedmontese dialect, is a tribute to Nuccio Bertone and design centre Stile Bertone, where Camal founder Alessandro Camorali’s worked early in his career. “Now that Bertone no longer exists, it seems right that someone should bring forward his legacy, also in the tradition of naming the cars from the famous Piedmontese coachbuilder strictly in the local dialect,” Camorali explains.

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The Ramusa is powered by a 3.5 litre, 60-valve V12 quad turbo taken from the Bugatti EB110, and that’s not all the Camal borrows – the Ramusa also sits on the latter’s carbon chassis and features a number of other components carried over from the Bugatti.

Power is driven to the rear wheels via a six-speed gearbox, while a central electric motor powers the front wheels during quick acceleration and limited traction, bringing the total power output to over 800 hp.

Camal says the design isn’t just a flight of fancy, but was created with the intention to build a limited production run in the near future. Hyper-SUV, anyone?