Italdesign’s new Duerte convertible, unveiled at the recent Geneva motor show, has been confirmed for production.
Effectively a targa version of last year’s Zerouno coupé, the new Duerte, which means ‘open’ in Italy’s Piedmontese dialect, will be limited to just five examples.
Externally, when compared to its hard-top predecessor, the upper and rear parts of the Duerte’s body have been completely redesigned.
However, according to the designers, the modifications made to the carbon-aluminium chassis to allow the roof — made of carbon-fibre like the rest of the body — to be removed have not compromised performance or comfort.
“From an engineering standpoint,” says Antonio Casu, Italdesign’s chief technology officer, “the challenge we faced was designing a new chassis: we reinforced the structure to compensate — in terms of rigidity — for the absence of the B and C pillars, typical of a topless car, to ensure a performance comparable to that of the Zerouno coupé.”
Powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10, the Duerte is claimed to reach a top speed of “over 199 mph”.
Italdesign says all five units of the new car will be built by the end of 2018.