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Like every year, at The Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance, car constructors race each other to bring the best models, with unique style, and of course, a lot of power.  This time, it is the turn to the Italian Icona, to bring a new model to the Supercars world. It is the Vulcano, and it is Titanium, and it is nothing less than exquisite to see.

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The Icona Vulcano was originally designed in Italia, in Icona, a house of design in Torino. But the car itself, is not one bit Italian. Its chassis is the same one found in the C6 ZR1 Corvette. The engine is American made. The supercharged pushrod V8 is a 1957 Chevy Belair engine remake model. Origins of the car, may vary, the design is said to be Italian, some parts are done in Icona USA, and some parts are made in China, with all the care it deserves.



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The Icona Vulcano was revealed two years ago, in the Pebble Beach, it was a non drivable concept then, with body made of aluminum alloy, red painted with accents of carbon fiber. The big evolution now, is that the body panel that were aluminum made are titanium made. This guarantees weight saving, and working at higher performance. There were no welding, no heat applied to the body, it was all hand-hammered. 8 people worked for 7 months, 1,000 hours to guarantee a perfectly hand-made 0.5mm thick titanium sheets. The result of using Titanium and Carbon-fiber to the body is a curb weight of 3,516 pounds.

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The car is powered by supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 Chevrolet ZR1 engine, that produces 670 bhp and 850 Nm of torques. And it is said to launch the car from stop to 100 kph in less than 3 seconds, some may say it is 2.8. It take it just 8.8 seconds to reach 200 kph. Top Speed will be around 335 kph. Samuael Chuffart, director of design at Icona, said that they thought about having the car powered by a Ferrari V12, eventually they let that option go. In the unveiling ceremony, at the 2013 Peeble Beach, power was announced to be around 950 bhp, but with further investigation, it has been lowered to 670, because, according to Chuffart : “people wanted practicality and driveability”. Lombardi, ex Ferrari team manager, helped design the engine. He also came up with the double-clutch paddle-shifted 6-speed gearbox. The engine is not the only feature from the ZR1, Lombardi brought suspension from its Chevrolet debuts, and modified it, to suit the car style.

There is no actual price tag on the car, but seeing the materials it is made of and the performance figure, we guess it will surpass the 1 million $.

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