Taraschi Bernardo: the modified i8 that is no longer a BMW – Autonews

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Meccanica Taraschi produced sports cars in the 1950s to 1960s and the new project uses the first name of the brand's founder, Bernardo. This unique hybrid sports car uses the mechanics of the BMW i8 as well as some of its features such as the wing doors. The rear wheels of the German sports car are driven by a three-cylinder 1.5 TwinPower Turbo petrol engine with 231 hp and 320 Nm of torque. This unit is associated with an electric motor with a power of 131 hp and a maximum torque of 250 Nm on the front wheels. A cumulative power of 362 hp results in an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km / h. Thanks to an optimization of the original mechanics, Taraschi offers its customers a power of 420 hp on the Bernardo. It is also possible to push it to 470 hp or even 520 hp as desired.

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The Bernardo will be produced in partnership with Squadra Corse Taraschi, which allows vintage Taraschi owners to find and repair spare parts. This historic company, which has not been manufacturing vehicles for a long time, is therefore returning to service, but not necessarily in the best possible way. The design displayed by the sports hybrid is indeed quite unique, with a very small ovoid grille at the front and attractive but not always very balanced curves. The interior is worth a look, with an omnipresence of patinated cognac-colored leather and a center console completely covered in varnished wood. The futuristic styling of the BMW i8 is no longer relevant in the Taraschi, which opts for a much more vintage, if not outdated, look. Profound modifications to the bodywork and interior drive up the price significantly. If you had to spend around 150,000 € for a new BMW i8, count on a price of 800,000 € for the Taraschi Bernardo instead.



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