Over two years has passed since the Puritalia 427 first came to the world’s attention, but the Italian sports car has finally arrived.
Launched in Italy, the 427 is a two-seat roadster with styling reportedly inspired by the Shelby Cobra, and a 5.0 litre Ford V8 under the bonnet to firm the connection.
The open-top production car is a close match to the original design concept from 2012.
Power from the Ford bent-eight is a worthy 332kW/530Nm, while a supercharged version is also available with an output of 451kW/650Nm.
Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential and an aluminium driveshaft.
The chassis is also aluminium sitting beneath a body made from carbon-fibre, which helps to keep weight down to 1150kg.
Puritalia clams a 50-50 weight distribution, with will easily be hauled up by the six-piston brake callipers with 380mm rotors up front and four-piston callipers with 345mm rotors at the rear.
The 427 is 4350mm long, 1952mm wide and 1255mm high with a wheelbase of 2600mm, and it sits on adjustable, independent suspension from Bilstein and Eibach.
Tyres are P-Zeros from Pirelli, with 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch at the rear.
No mention on price at this stage or how many 427s will be built, nor the car’s 0-100km/h time, fuel consumption or option packages.
Puriatlia says “if you can dream it, we can build it”, and is usually kept busy hand-crafting cars for customers from its base in Napoli.
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