Chinese company Icona, unveils its first ever production car at the Shanghai Motor Show, it’s hot!
Yes, yes, they’ve spelt ‘volcano’ wrong, but we’ll forgive Icona for that because this, the companies first every production car, is completely and utterly insane. The name, despite its odd spelling is rather fitting, because the spec sheet reads like a recipe for a bowel blowing chili infused meal, or something else equally warm.
Icona Vulcano Supercar Unveiled At The Shanghai Motor Show
There are two options for propulsion, the first being the ‘mild’ V6 version called the ‘H Competizione’, which is odd because the company is Chinese and not Italian, but we’ll gloss over that. The Competizione combines a turbocharged V6 and a pair of electric motors on each axle to produce no less than 880hp… 0-62mph in this version takes just 2.9 seconds, 0-124mph takes just 8.9 seconds, and this is just the base version!
If you’re feeling extra adventurous (and generous) you can take things up a notch with the ‘H-Turismo V12’ and er, that one produces 950hp from a 6.0liter V12 and a pair of electric motors. It hits 62mph in less than 2 seconds – LESS THAN TWO! That is just completely nuts! I should imagine pushing the accelerator into the carpet has the same effect as having an exploding volcano thrown at your face, aggressively. Less than two seconds is just mind blowing, take that all you Nissan GT-R fan boys, this CHINESE car is faster, much faster.
The company is based in China, however, there are no shoddy trademark violations here, and it’s not made from cardboard either. In fact, it’s been properly built by some very crafty people indeed. The Icona Vulcano’s curvy body was penned by Samuel Chuffart, who has worked for Nissan, Jaguar-Landrover and even Italian design group, Bertone. The fiery power plant comes curtsey of former Ferrari F1 engineer, Claudio Lombardi. And brakes are rather large – as you’d hope – carbon ceramic discs fitted with six piston calipers by Brembo. So, I think it’s pretty safe to say that this car is in a slightly different league to those Chinese cars Clarkson and May tested on TopGear telly a couple of years ago.
It certainly wont be a particularly cheap Chinese car, but, since when is any car with 950hp ever cheap?
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By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)