Many automobiles are the result of international collaborations, but few can match the Willys AW 380 Berlinetta in terms of worldwide design and engineering input.
Built by two Italian companies – Carrozzeria Viotti and Maggiora (both of which have been around since the 1920s), the Willys AW 380 Berlinetta revives an American company’s Brazilian-built-under-license version of a French-designed sports car. Powering the car is a German engine.
The car’s Renault Alpine A108 looks are not by accident. From 1962 to 1966 Willys’ Brazilian subsidiary built over 800 examples of a sports car called the Interlagos – which was based on the A108. The Interlagos was sold in berlinetta, coupé, and convertible form.
Powering the new Willys AW 380 Berlinetta is a twin-turbocharged 3.8 litre twin turbocharged engine which produces 610 horsepower and 612 ft-lbs of torque. Top speed of the car is stated to be 212 mph, while the 0-62 mph sprint takes just 2.7 seconds.
The Willys AW 380 Berlinetta made its world debut at the 2014 Bologna Motor Show. And while it’s origins may be a little convoluted, underneath it’s actually a fairly simple idea. Take a Porsche Cayman, rebody it, beef up the engine, stick some new badges on it and charge a ludicrous amount for it. The asking price for each of the 110 cars scheduled to be built is 380,000 EUR – approximately $470,000.
Willys AW 380 Berlinetta Specifications:
- Engine: 3.8 litre twin-turbo flat-6
- Power: 610 horsepower
- Torque: 612 ft-lbs (830 Nm)
- Transmission: 6-speed paddle shift RWD
- Weight: 1,350 kgs (2,976 lbs)
- Top Speed: 212 mph
- 0-62 mph: 2.7 seconds