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Monday, December 1, 2014

Automobili Turismo e Sport Owner Starts New Sports Car Brand


 Turismo e Sport (ATS) brand in late 2012, Italian businessman Gianluca Gregis has been extremely busy. In addition to launching a range of track cars and moving operations from Italy to the Canary Islands, Gregis has continued designing some new sports cars that he has now confirmed will be launched under a new brand he’s starting: the eponymous Gregis Automobili.

 The Gregis brand will launch with two models arriving in 2015, a version of the Leggera sports car originally planned to be sold under the ATS brand, as well as a new model dubbed the Miranda Roadster. Like ATS, Gregis will be based in the Canary Islands and rely on the talents of Italian engineers.

As its name suggests, the Leggera, Italian for “light,” will be a lightweight sports car aimed at buyers seeking a simple, no frills speedster. It will be available with a range of four-cylinder engines sourced from major automakers, and will be offered as a completed car or as a kit, with the latter expected to be priced from just 14,950 euros (approximately $18,665).

 Gregis is currently investigating introducing a one-make racing series for the Leggera and there are also plans for a battery-powered electric version.
Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) Leggera
Automobili Turismo e Sport (ATS) Leggera
The Miranda Roadster will be quite different as it is being developed as a powerful and luxurious cruiser. It is described as a tribute to classic Italian convertibles like the Lancia Aurelia and will be available only as a completed car.

The Miranda Roadster is currently in the prototype stage but when completed is expected to weigh less than 2,500 pounds and have an output of close to 500 horsepower (Gregis is planning to source a modern V-8 or V-12 powerplant). Gregis estimates a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds for the car.

The Miranda Roadster will have a price tag of about 130,000 euros (approximately $162,198).