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Icona Vulcano Titanium to debut at Pebble Beach; Chinese supercar

One of the first ever Chinese supercars, the Icona Vulcano Titanium, is set to debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this month.

Icona Vulcano Titanium-preview

When the vehicle was first announced at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the Vulcano was to be powered by two fanciful hybrid drivetrains. The H-Turismo was to have a 6.0-litre V12, combined with an electric motor to deliver 780kW of punishment to the rear treads. A 2.9-second blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 0-100km/h sprint was also promised, with a 350km/h terminal velocity.

The other model was the H-Competitzione, which, curiously, was said to have a lesser twin-turbo V6 but two electric motors providing all-wheel drive. The 649kW output resulted in a slower 3.0-second sprint time. On paper, this seemed more ‘Turismo’ than ‘Competitizione’. But that is academic anyhow since the company has tossed them into the too-hard basket and gone with GM’s evergreen LS9 from the previous Corvette ZR1 – sorry greenies.

The supercharged 6.2-litre powerplant is tuned to 500kW and 840Nm. 0-100km/h is reached in 2.8 seconds, with a 350km/h top-end for this latest Titanium version. Said to have taken 1000 hours to create, the titanium-bodied Chinese car is obviously seeking to compete with the Koenigseggs and Bugattis of the world.

Refreshingly, the body work was not cribbed from a rival’s homework, rather, it was styled in Italy where the product originated. As the Chinese car industry reaches maturity, we’re sure there will be a few more moonshots into the hyper-sphere.

Icona Vulcano Titanium-doors

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.