Since the end of World War II, Italy has had something of a monopoly on the world of exotic car design, taking race car design cues and applying them to barely-legal street cars. But as fast and powerful as cars like the Ferrari Enzo might be, their low-slung bodies can barely handle even the shortest speed bumps.
Enter the Ramusa concept, designed by Turin-based Camal Studios for a client who wanted to blend unstoppable off-road capability with the luxury and sporty handling of a modern supercar. This so-called “hyper SUV” will boast an 800 horsepower Bugatti-sourced V12 and all-wheel drive, and there’s even talk of doing a limited production run of this bespoke off-roader.
Rather than a unique-from-the-ground-up build, the Ramusa instead builds on the carbon fiber chassis of a Bugatti EB110 supercar, built from 1991 to 1995 and the source of the mid-mounted quad-turbo 3.5 liter V12. Ramusa, which translates to “Lizard” in northwest Italy’s Piedmontese dialect, is a tribute to now-defunct design house Stile Bertone, adding an extra layer of Italian flavoring to the formerly-French supercar.
While the claimed 9.8 inches of ground clearance shouldn’t give Jeep owners anything to worry about, it is exponentially more room than many of its Italian-born supercar cousins. The aforementioned Ferrari Enzo, for example, has just 3.9 inches between the bottom of the car and the road, and even “high-riding” supercars like the Lamborghini Gallardo barely break 7 inches. The Ramusa even boasts an electric motor at the front wheels that adds extra power and all-wheel drive to the off-roading Italian. At least on paper that is, as actual production has yet to commence, and pricing falls into the “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it” category.