Monday, 22 December 2014

Puritalia Reveals 427 Roadster In Production Trim, Teases New Hybrid GT

Over the past couple of years there have been quite a few entrants in the premium sports car scene. One that manages to stand out from the crowd is Puritalia’s 427 roadster, which was revealed in its final form at a special event in Milan last week. Puritalia is a sports car startup based in Napoli, Italy, and the 427, its first model, will be hand-built using traditional Italian coachbuilding methods.
Power, though, will come from a 5.0-liter V-8 sourced from the Ford Motor Company, making the car a tribute to the legendary Shelby Cobra, albeit with an Italian twist. The chassis is a lightweight aluminum structure, to which carbon fiber panels and other composites are attached. This has allowed designers to keep weight of the car down, with Puritalia quoting a curb weight of just 2,535 pounds, split 50/50 front to rear.
Meanwhile, the suspension is fully independent and utilizes adjustable Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs.
As mentioned above, power comes from a 5.0-liter V-8, and this delivers a peak 445 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque in standard trim.
Add an optional supercharger and these figures leap to 605 hp and 472 lb-ft. Drive is to the rear wheels only, via a six-speed manual transmission and standard limited-slip differential (multiple final ratios are offered). Helping to stop the 427 is a set of beefy Brembo brakes: 15-inch discs with six-piston calipers up front and 13.6 inch discs with four-piston calipers in the rear.
Staggered wheels measuring 19 inches up front and 20 inches in the rear are used, and these come shod with grippy Pirelli P Zeros measuring 275/35 front and 335/30 rear. Unfortunately, no performance figures have been released.

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