We’ve got a serious case of car-lust down at cartime HQ this week… Thanks to the Icona Vulcano, the world’s first and only titanium car.
If you’ve dreamt of a glittering, one-of-a-kind collector’s car worth more than £2million, well - the Shanghai-based manufacturer has finally made your wish come true.
Nestled under the bonnet you’ll find a growling, supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine, delivering a delicious top speed of 2200mph, plus a cool 0-6mph in just 2.8 seconds. It’s not only fast, but fabulously good-looking, with smooth sleek lines and a stunning naked titanium body.
How did the Icona Vulcano come about?
What started out as a concept to showcase Icona’s design talents was presented for the first time in 2013, at the Shanghai Auto Show. Back then, the body was made from humble aluminium and composite materials – it then received a titanium-outer upgrade in 2015 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and now? It’s just come onto the market.
With a price-tag that puts it up there with the likes of Bugatti and Koenigseg, Icona describes the car’s unique build a “unrepeatable”. We’re also told that the build represents more than 10,000 hours of hand-crafted, painstaking work.
Icona's design director Samuel Chuffart says: "As different ideas came together, the most challenging design issue which we faced was how to create a balance between power and beauty.
"When you’re trying to create a feeling of aesthetic harmony, you risk creating too many sweet lines, which decreases the feeling of power. On the other hand, if you make too much of the powerful features which are necessary to a supercar such as its cooling cut-outs and blades which manage the air flow, they become graphically too dominant, and this makes the car less beautiful.
"The way we found the right balance was usually by looking for the greatest simplicity."
So what kind of performance can you expect to get from this exceptional model? And more importantly, for £2million?
Icona's spec site explains: "Capable to be tuned to well over 1.000 horsepower should the owner demand it, the optimized 670 horsepower and 840 N/m of its supercharged V8 is coupled with a paddle-shift close ratio gearbox from Automac Modena, allowing 0 to 60 miles/hr in 2.8 seconds and 120 miles/hr in 8.8 seconds."
Made from forged aluminium, the wheels of the Icona Vulcano measure a chunky 20 inches in diameter at the front and 21 in at the rear. The wheels are shod in Pirelli P Zero tires worthy of the Formula 1. Also housed within is a Brembo brake package, consisting of 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear, plus carbon-ceramic discs.
What about the interior?
Inside, the heart-stoppingly cool style continues. You’ll find a race-inspired design, with the cabin mainly crafted from carbon fibre, and trimmed in a mix of Poltrona Frau Leather and Alcantara - a durable, ultra-modern material that's made from 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane.
The main instrument cluster is a 12.3” digital screen, with a larger tablet-like touch-screen sitting in the centre of the dash. Underneath this there are jetfighter-style switches, and the car’s interior wouldn’t be complete without carbon-fibre bucket seats from Sabbelt.
If you’d like to get up close and personal with the Vulcano, it will be on display at the 2016 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance - taking place at Blenheim Palace from September 1-3. No guarantees for a test-drive though!
Budget won’t stretch?
Don’t worry if you didn’t win the Euromillions last week and you can’t quite afford the Icona Vulcano Titanium. We’ve got a load of premium models at pretty modest prices (some even have bits of carbon fibre!) so check out our Used Cars page to see the range. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Give us a call on 0161 825 8467.