Shortly after we snapped some pictures of the Puritalia Berlinetta at the Geneva Motor Show, the Italian company has released official images and details.
The attractive Puritalia Berlinetta is powered by a plug-in hybrid system that pairs a 730 hp, 5.0-liter V8 engine up front with an axial flux electric motor on the rear axle that puts out 212 hp and 272 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque.
This motor comes from British company Yasa and lifts grunt to a combined 951 hp and 920 lb-ft (1248 Nm) of torque. There is also a so-called ‘eMozione’ switch in the vehicle which provides additional electric grunt for 45 seconds at a time.
Power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed transmission with paddle shifters. The Puritalia Berlinetta can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.7 seconds before topping out at 208 mph (335 km/h). Although it can be driven in EV-only mode, the tiny battery pack is only 5.2 kWh in capacity and provides an all-electric range of just 12.4 miles (20 km).
Retro looks with cutting-edge technology
Puritalia claims that the Berlinetta’s plug-in hybrid system is managed by proprietary artificial intelligence software. This technology takes into account the driving style, data on traffic, weather, and current road conditions, and calculates the most efficient use of energy.
Underpinning it is a carbon fiber central tub joined by aluminum sub-frames and aluminum suspension components. The vehicle’s exterior body panels are also constructed from carbon fiber and the vehicle has a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
The cabin of the Berlinetta includes a number of gloss carbon fiber elements, luxurious brown leather and a large touchscreen infotainment system between the driver and passenger. There’s also a fully-digital gauge cluster and, according to Puritalia, the vehicle’s systems are fully connected and can be operated remotely from a smartphone.
Production of the Puritalia Berlinetta will be limited to just 150 units worldwide. Prices start at €553,350 ($627,083).