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The Willys AW 380 Berlinetta has made its debut at the Bologna motor show and will go into production from early 2015.

A collaboration between two Italian companies, Maggiora and Carrozzeria Viotti, the Willys AW 380 Berlinetta has a body that’s been patterned on the mid-1960s Willys Interlagos.

The Interlagos was in turn a licensed version of the Alpine A108 built by Willys’ Brazilian arm — the same Willys that shot to fame during World War II thanks to military MB, and later civilian CJ, “Jeep“.

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Underneath the AW 380’s retro body are Porsche underpinnings, with the car’s 2418mm wheelbase matching that of the first-generation Porsche Boxster. It should be noted that the Alpine/Willys-revival features a body almost 160mm wider and 90mm longer than the Boxster.

Behind the passenger cell is a tuned 3.8-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder boxer engine, likely borrowed from the Porsche 911 Turbo. The motor is strung out longitudinally, and generates 455kW of power and 830Nm of torque.

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Power is directed to the rear wheels via a six-speed transmission. This drivetrain, according to its makers, endows the 1350kg AW 380 with a 0-100km/h time of 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 340km/h.

The AW 380 rides on 19-inch alloys clad in 265/35 rubber up front and 20-inch rims with 345/30 tyres at the rear. A variable-rate hydraulic power steering system is used to guide the front wheels, while ceramic composite brakes at each corner are responsible for bringing things to a halt.

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Just 110 copies of the Willys AW 380 Berlinetta will be built, priced from 380,000 euros ($561,000) each.




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