Although Switzerland looks like an extension of Germany on the global map, it is not known for its automotive industry, of course. It is, however, known for watches, chocolates, Alps, and according to one of my friends, hotel management colleges as well. But a startup by the name of Picasso Automotive hopes to change that with the 660 LMS. The 660 LMS is a production version of the PS-01 prototype the company revealed last year. Picasso aims to build only 21 units in total, of which, 20 are destined for customers, with each carrying a starting price tag of €820,000 (INR 6,73,77,760 or US$ 863,009) before taxes.
The 660 LMS sports a fairly unique styling as opposed to the PS-01 prototype—which looked like some college dude’s Zenvo knock-off project. But anyway, carbon fibre has been used generously throughout the car, as you can see, which has contributed to the official kerb weight of 980 kg (2,160.5 lbs). And thanks to the large front splitter, the manually adjustable rear wing, the flat floor and the big rear diffuser, the supercar is claimed to offer a staggering 960 kg (2,116 lbs) of maximum downforce at top speed—which is 315 km/h (196 mph). Notice that there are no traditional wing mirrors, but cameras near the back of the front wheels, for aerodynamic reasons.
Picasso also claims that the car’s suspension has been entirely designed in-house, featuring a billet aluminum double-wishbone setup with push-rod dampers. Front and rear roll bars, brackets, spacers and wheel hubs have been internally designed as well. The car rides on single nut multi-spoke forged wheels measuring 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear, wrapped with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires measuring 245/35 at the front and 315/30 at the rear. Braking duties are handled by discs measuring 350 mm at the front gripped by Brembo 6-piston calipers and 355 mm at the rear gripped by 4-piston calipers.
We don’t have the interior photos yet, but you can expect Sabelt seats with a 6-point harness; a bespoke carbon fibre steering wheel with handles wrapped in Alcantara and carbon fibre shift paddles; rotary controls for the Bosch adjustable ABS system, and a 7-inch touchscreen.
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Powering the Picasso 660 LMS is a dry-sumped 3.0-litre (2,996 cc) twin-turbo V6 engine supplied by Italy’s Autotecnica Motori. The lightweight, billet aluminum powertrain can rev up to 8,000 rpm; the output figures are 485.5 kW (660 metric hp) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft). A 6-speed sequential gearbox drives the rear wheels.