We’ve been getting bits and pieces about the new Italdesign Zerouno Duerta. But with the ultra-exotic roadster fully revealed, we now have the full picture. And what a picture it is.
The open-top version of the Zerouno coupe, the Duerta is the second vehicle from Italdesign’s recently launched Automobili Speciali division, which is dedicating to building highly exclusive vehicles like this one.
The parameters are much the same as the existing coupe: aggressive carbon-fiber bodywork, laid over a carbon and aluminum chassis. The 5.2-liter V10 is borrowed from the Audi R8 V10 Plus, kicking out the same 610 metric horsepower (602 bhp/449 kW) and 413 lb-ft (560 Nm) of torque to all four wheels.
What separates the Duerta from the Zerouno is its open configuration. It features a removable carbon-fiber roof, in a “targa” setup – a term Italdesign was apparently allowed to borrow from its sister-company Porsche. The rear deck has been redesigned, with a pair of hoops to protect occupants in case of a rollover. The top can be removed manually, and there’s an emergency soft-top (like the ones we’ve seen on open Lamborghinis and Bugattis) to put in place in case the driver gets caught in a sudden shower.
Though many parameters haven’t been disclosed, the coachbuilder acknowledges that the chassis required some reinforcement to ensure structural rigidity after losing the roof and pillars. But having been designed from the get-go to be converted into a roadster, it’s still capable of reaching a top speed of 199 miles per hour (320 km/h) with the wind swirling rapidly around the fortunate occupants’ heads.
To make sure it handles like it should, Italdesign tapped the talents of Audi’s racing driver Dindo Capello. “I believe Zerouno perfectly reflects my idea of supercars,” said the three-time Le Mans winner: “fast, performing, safe that can also be driven on the roads every day. It’s a real car, not just an object you keep displayed on a pedestal. I can say I really enjoyed driving it during the development”.
Sounds enticing, doesn’t it? Well try not to get too excited, because while we don’t know the price, it’s already sold out. “All five vehicles were sold in just a few months after they were officially presented,” confirmed Italdesign CEO Jörg Astalosch, “showing that car and design enthusiasts continue to desire exclusive products of this kind.” Each will be individually catered inside and out to its fortunate buyers’ tastes. For our part, we’ll just have to admire it from the official photos and video shared below, and look forward to what Italdesign will cook up next.