Talking to the Detroit Free Press, Bertone’s business development director Roland Martin suggested that the financially struggling Italian design company may build 25 to 50 running versions of the exotic-looking BAT 11 concept car that was a huge success at the 2008 Geneva auto show last March.
While the car is clearly light years away from being practical (I can’t even imagine the process of entering and leaving the Bertone BAT 11 through its strangely shaped doors and it is clearly not the best idea to take it for your next trip to IKEA), it still offers a nice combination of vintage and ultra-modern approaches to design that make it look like a self-driving mobility capsule from some futuristic dieselpunk blockbuster.
According to Mr. Martin, this time Bertone won’t bet its future on “speculations” and will only start producing the car if there are enough customers willing to buy the exotic coupe.
The reason behind such a clear reluctance is obvious: while making a show-stopper on an existing chassis is not particularly difficult and doesn’t require too much money, but converting it into a real car and getting all the necessary papers from local authorities requires enormous (well, maybe just impressive, but still more than enough, even for such a monster as Bertone) financial and human resources.
Based on the hot Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione supercar, the BAT 11 will surely be damn fast one, however I’m afraid that it will be damn pricey, too.