Touring Superleggera at the 88th Geneva Motor Show
At the Geneva Motor Show Touring presents a new limited edition custom-built car, an innovative interpretation of the Gran Turismo theme: a car designed for long journeys, where the passengers derive as much pleasure from the journey as the driver.
Touring Superleggera again confirms itself as a paragon of Italian design, and a master of the fuoriserie, offering a large, powerful, luxurious car, but cleverly designed to disguise its size, demonstrating that mastery of design and craftsmanship can lighten the appearance, adding an ethereal, diaphanous quality.
As it often happens, it was an admirer of Touring Superleggera’s portfolio who commissioned the creation of this new model; a car designed to cover the long distance with complete ease and in total comfort.
Sciàdipersia is a coach built four-seater, to be built in maximum ten examples, each intended for the most discerning customers, who appreciate luxury and value their time. Time to indulge in savoring the journey.
Touring Sciàdipersia celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the bespoke coachwork designed by Touring in 1958 on the Maserati 5000GT rolling chassis for the ruler of Iran, a demanding and astute collector of fine motorcars, and nicknamed after him. For such a man a grand design of regal elegance was commissioned, and then as now, the client consented to a very limited production run, resulting in three cars.
Touring Superleggera’s style is renowned for its perfect proportions, and in the Sciàdipersia the line is that of a quintessential gran Turismo, with flowing, elongated shapes that slip effortlessly through the air. In complete contrast to the current trend, Touring has adopted graceful proportions, that hint at a subtle haughty elegance, regal in every sense, exuding dynamism without aggression. Distinctive, refined, svelte, subtle and classy all define Sciàdipersia. The surface treatments portray an arrow about to be loosed from a bow, with a sharp front and a suggestion of the fletches at the rear. “The absence of visible support structures allows light to flood the cabin, allowing a total involvement with the surrounding environment, making the journey not only comfortable but exciting, satisfying, absolute,” says Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design.
Dynamism is expressed by the horizontal feature line which divides the car, without disturbing the harmony of the silhouette. Smooth surfaces, joined by sharp edges on the side and tail enhance the purity of the design.
Different treatments are applied to the aluminum trim, with highly polished detailing juxtaposed with hand-brushed satin finishes, to reflect the light in different ways, emphasizing the coachbuilt nature of the car.
The extensive greenhouse and glass roof, interrupted only by a brushed-aluminium C-pillar, immerses the occupants in the natural surroundings of the outside environment, with panoramic views out, and with the passing scenery a silent travel companion, the cosseting interior brings to mind images of luxury travel in the days of the Orient Express and the great ocean liners. Contributing to this effect is the Orient Night Blue, a sumptuously rich hue that reproduces a clear night sky, reflecting points of light like distant stars.
The interior carries themes over from the exterior, such as the continuous horizontal division wrapping around the occupants, suggesting a horizon, above which is blue sky and below is the land.
Touring used the finest hides from Foglizzo, a supplier of bespoke luxury leather for unique cars since 1921 for the interior. The care for details went as far as to develop a special aroma, which Foglizzo reserves for Touring customers. The exterior’s deep blue is matched by the seats, which are then highlighted with contrasting piping and stitching, while the centre of the headrest displays the Sciàdipersia name, carefully embroidered by hand. Delicate, lighter shades of natural colours are used to offset the darker colours of the seats.
As befits such a regal car, a set of fully-customized Foglizzo luggage sits comfortably in the boot.
As in the past, Touring Superleggera leads the way by bucking the current trend for aggressive frontal treatments, reverting instead to a sporting style more reminiscent of decades gone by the low-slung front, clean side surfaces with edgy junctions, and a substantial tail. All the themes, however, are rendered in the strict Touring language design, where right proportions come first, followed by essential lines and surfaces, subtle ornaments and a sense of fulfilled harmony.
Chassis and Engine
Like the original car, Sciàdipersia is based on a Maserati rolling chassis. Choosing the Maserati GranTurismo as a basis gave Touring Superleggera the ideal starting point, its specifications being perfectly suited to the project, with excellent torsional rigidity, comfort, and high performance. The glorious naturally aspirated V8 engine has a noble character and can provide effortless power and torque, giving the driver an immensely satisfying experience. The mechanical components, electrical systems, and all electronics are retained unaltered from the manufacturer.
Sciàdipersia is built entirely by hand in the Touring Manifattura in Milan blending traditional hand-beaten panels with lightweight carbon fiber elements. Precision and quality of the body must match the most compelling standard, and cutting-edge digital measurement tools are used to this purpose at each stage, from the panel fabrication through to the body-in-white and the finished car. The manufacturing process is completely documented and digitally logged to ensure repeatability.
Quality control processes include static and dynamic tests before the vehicle is approved for road use. High standards of panel alignment, panel gaps and clearances, painting, polishing, leather craft and stitching are all rigidly adhered to. Functional tests are conducted in a climatic chamber. Dynamic tests for air and water tightness, road noise, wet and dry handling, driveability, braking, NVH and all performance aspects are carried out on track. Tests are also carried out for maximum speed and rough surface behavior.
Sciàdipersia has received Type Approval under European Directive 2007/46EC for cars in small series production. The engine complies with the EURO 6 regulations.
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