Porsche Tapiro

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Porsche Tapiro
Overview
ManufacturerPorsche
Production1970
1 built
DesignerGiorgetto Giugiaro
Body and chassis
ClassSports car
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
RelatedPorsche 914/6
Powertrain
Engine2.4 L Flat-six engine
Transmission5-speed manual

The Porsche Tapiro is a concept car built by Porsche in 1970. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and has a traditional 1970s wedge design, which critics say somewhat resembles that of the De Tomaso Mangusta. The chassis is based on the Porsche 914/6, and it features gullwing-style doors.[1]

Specifications[edit]

The Tapiro is powered by a longitudinally mounted air-cooled 2.4 liter flat-six engine producing 220 hp (164 kW) at 7,800 rpm, and connected to a 5-speed manual transmission. This engine could propel the Tapiro to an official top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h).[2]

History[edit]

The Porsche Tapiro was introduced to the world at the 1970 Turin Auto Show, in Turin, Italy. The car subsequently made its US debut at the 5th Annual Los Angeles Imported Automobile and Sports Car Show in 1971.

In 1972, the car was sold to a Spanish industrialist who used it as his daily driver. The car was mostly destroyed after it caught fire. Most sources say the cause of the fire was a group of labor activists protesting its owner's labor policies, who planted a bomb under the Tapiro. The bomb exploded, burning the car but not destroying the chassis.[3] Other sources say the car was involved in an accident and caught fire that way.[4] The burnt shell was repurchased by Italdesign and is now on display in its Giugiaro Museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TG's guide to concepts: the 1970 Porsche Tapiro". Top Gear. 2017-03-06. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  2. ^ "1970 Porsche Tapiro: Concept We Forgot". Motor1.com. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  3. ^ 993C4S. "What Happened to the Porsche Tapiro". @FlatSixes - the blog about Porsche.
  4. ^ "Meet the 1970 Porsche Tapiro, a concept car that met a violent death". Autoweek. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
2. http://www.italdesign.it/en/projects/volkswagen-porsche-tapiro-eng/