Touring Superleggera’s Aero 3 Is an Ode to an Italian Legend
Before considering the new Touring Superleggera Aero 3, consider Carrozzaria Touring Superleggera itself, the Milanese coachbuilder and design house that thrived in the 1930s-1960s. You are instantly inclined to visions of the beautiful, clean and almost fragile automotive creations that have emerged from its doors. These cars often did it with the signature of Touring Superleggera or “ultralight” construction methods, which stretch alloy panels almost as thin as paper over featherweight tubular structural frames. The first car to feature this Superleggera the styling was a special 1937 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B intended for the famous 1000 mile open road race of Mille Miglia which took place in the same year. So it’s fitting that Touring’s new Aero 3 pays some sort of homage to the classic Alfa that helped turn the small company into a world-renowned design house.
Touring Superleggera unveiled its Aero 3 this week at the Salon Privé Concours d ‘Elegance. The car features a sleek and sporty bodywork that stays true to the company’s history of designing cars that are not only light, but also aerodynamic. In fact, Touring Superleggera claims to have been the first design house in Italy to have its own wind tunnel, as it designed concepts such as the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, which the company took over in 2013 (and again in 2016. ) in a more modern form. The Touring Superleggera Aero 3 borrows accents from various earlier Touring projects, as well as heavily scalloped sides that conduct hot air from the extractors inside the front fenders. While Touring does not claim any official partnership with Alfa on the project, a riff on the classic Alfa heart-shaped grille is visible up front, flanked by hard-edged air intakes.
At the rear, the rounded sides and slim, horizontal taillights evoke the Disco Volante and other classic Touring-style coupes. The most striking feature of all is the large spoiler, which Touring bravely admits does not serve any legitimate aerodynamic function. The spoiler also draws attention to the fact that there is no rear windshield on the Aero 3, which we believe is corrected with reversing cameras and smart mirror placement.
The days when aluminum alloy was the lightweight body material of choice are long gone, and Touring has embraced the modern era with a carbon fiber body. Touring notes that the carbon fiber thickness and strand orientation are designed for the best compromise between strength and stiffness, and that panel replacement was considered should any of the 15 Aero 3s Touring production plans ever be be damaged. More than 5,000 hours of work go into each Touring Superleggera Aero 3, according to the company.
So what’s under the bespoke body of the Touring Superleggera Aero 3? All Touring is willing to confess is the underlying chassis, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and the 730-horsepower 6.3-liter V-12 engine of a “top Italian supercar.” If you’re still stumped, you probably won’t be for long, especially after a glance at the Aero 3’s dashboard and the three circular vents atop the center console. If the underlying car is what we think of, the Touring Aero 3’s carbon panels cut about 400 pounds from its starting 4,000-pound weight despite having an extra 7.0-inch length.
How much does one of the 15 Touring Superleggera Aero 3 models cost? You’ll have to contact Touring himself to find out, but he’s happy to customize each car to buyer’s specifications and deliver a car as little as six months after ordering. Each is backed by a two-year unlimited mileage warranty and a Touring lifetime warranty on all self-produced parts. The first Touring Superleggera Aero 3 built, one of three already sold, is the Stratosphere Red car seen in these photos, with touches inspired by the 1938 Alfa Romeo 2900 B LM Coupé Berlinetta Aerodinamica which raced at Le Mans the same year.
Touring Superleggera Aero 3 Highlights
- An all-new limited-production supercar from the Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, of which only 15 will be produced
- 6.3-liter V-12 engine produces 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque
- Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
- Styling is reminiscent of 1930s Touring-bodied Alfa Romeos, as well as other heritage Touring models
- Vertical fin style element is not functional
- Based on a recent, out of production Italian supercar (you can figure out the rest)
Specifications Touring Superleggera Aero 3
|PRICE||N / A|
|ENGINE||6.3L V-12 DOHC 48-valve / 730 hp @ 8,250 rpm, 509 lb-ft @ 6,000 rpm|
|TRANSMISSION||7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission|
|DISPOSITION||Coupe 2 doors, 2 seats, front engine, RWD|
|EPA MILEAGE||12/16 mpg (city / highway) (east)|
|L x W x H||188.4 x 76.8 x 50.4 inches|
|0 to 60 mph||3.1 seconds|
|TOP SPEED||211 mp|
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