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It is a 2008 Maserati Quattroporte, which might be a nice car on its own. But what sets this example apart from the rest is the fact that it is a station wagon. It was customized by coachbuilder Carrozeria Touring Superleggera, a company that has in recent years built quite a name for itself and is also responsible for the new Gumpert Tornante.
This unique Quattroporte, dubbed the Bellagio, was first shown at the 2008 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este classic car show in Italy, and while it is not known how many Bellagio estates have been produced, one has popped up for sale in the Netherlands.
This example has covered just 961-miles and it looks very regal in its royal-blue paint. It’s not cheap to stand out from the crowd though. While a standard 2008 Quattroporte can be had for about $65,000 the ultra rare Bellagio is going for a heart-stopping $233,000. Exclusivity certainly demands a price.
The Apollo might not be pretty from any angle, but its performance on the track is almost unrivaled. Now it seems that Gumpert is about to introduce a car that would be more focused to cross continents rather than the finish-line at a race track.
The new model is called the Tornante and it will be introduced to the public for the first time at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
This new model is built in partnership with Touring Superleggera, an Italian coach-building firm. They are the ones largely responsible for its styling. Powering this new car is an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter, twin-turbo, V8, rumoured to be putting out 700-hp. The six-speed TT40e gearbox (same as in the Apollo) will now feature paddles to shift gear rather than a gear lever.
More details will emerge at the car’s launch, so watch this space.