Italdesign’s Zerouno Duerta Was Already Sold Out Before We Saw It

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.

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  • Bash

    Damn, This looks so cool.

  • Infinite1

    Menacing looking. With the R8’s transplant and the help of Audi’s racing driver, I’m pretty sure that it’ll hold it’s own on and off the track.

  • Sjaak

    looks like a rolling contest, or a game “which car has the most (useless) openings/slots/venting holes in a car”


    Should we be surprised?

  • Ben

    Intriguing. And ugly. Giugaro used to the be greatest automobile designer in the world. Now he’s on par with talented 5th graders.

    • To be fair this car and the coupe comes after Giugiaro quit the company that bears his name.


  • Tan Lee

    This is a Rebodied R8 guys. Look closely at the interior and exterior details from the interior vents to the exterior wind mirror blanking panel. It even has Audi’s digital cockpit and heater controls.

    • Yeah… some people mistaken it as Lamborghini but this is basically just a rebodied R8.

  • SteersUright

    Its neat, but I’d have no desire for it over an already excellent and arguably even better automobile, the Huracan Performante. And for MUCH MUCH less I might add!

  • Hardly a surprised is it? In fact usually they show a “proposal” to customer first. You won’t believed what design house offer to well heeled enthusiast these days.

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