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Italian startup promises to build LaFerrari-beating Wild Twelve supercar

Italian boutique automaker ATS has introduced a brand new concept called Wild Twelve at the Parco Valentino Salone in Turin, Italy.

Developed jointly with Torino Design, the Wild Twelve boasts an aggressive, low-slung design characterized by a short sloping hood, a thin grille with mesh inserts, and four round headlights. Sculpted flanks add a muscular touch to the look, while the rear end features thin horizontal tail lamps, a massive two-piece air diffuser and a sizable oval exhaust pipe.

The concept’s dimensions are unknown at this point, but ATS promises it will tip the scale at no more than 3,300 pounds thanks to the extensive use of lightweight materials like carbon fiber. Similarly, interior pictures have not been published, though the dark-tinted windows hint that the cockpit hasn’t been assembled yet.

As its name implies, the Wild Twelve is powered by a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain made up of a 3.8-liter V12 engine that spins the rear wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission and a pair of electric motors that zap the front wheels into motion. Together, these power sources generate 847 horsepower and 678 foot-pounds of torque.

This massive level of power allows the Wild Twelve to reach 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds — almost on par with the now-defunct Bugatti Veyron – and on to a jaw-dropping top speed of over 240 mph. Alternatively, the electric motors can draw juice from a lithium-ion battery pack to power the ATS by themselves for approximately 20 miles.

Surprisingly, ATS promises the Wild Twelve will spawn a production model in the not-too-distant future. Concrete details are few and far between, but company owner Piero Jacometti explains he plans on building at least 30 examples of the supercar in a former Bugatti factory located in Campogalliano, a small town in northern Italy that’s just a stone’s throw away from Modena, Ferrari’s home town.

Pricing and availability haven’t been announced yet, but Veyron-like performance will most likely come at a Veyron-like seven-digit price tag.

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