Gumpert's intense emotions | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 08, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:57 PM, November 18, 2017

Gumpert's intense emotions

  

When a bunch of ex-Audi engineers leave a big brand and decide to forge ahead with their own hypercar manufacturing startup, how long do you expect them to last? Most sane people with even a modicum of business sense would say that hypercarsaren't profitable enough and the business would go bust in maybe 2-3 years. 

Not the case with Gumpert. Decidedly owning the terrible name and possibly the ugliest hypercar ever produced, Gumpert is still managing to put out a new model of their flagship, the Apollo.

Now called the Apollo Intensa Emozione, the ugly, snouty design of the original Apollo has been given a gracefully mean makeover. Part Mazda Furai and part Lamborghini Veneno, the final result is far better than the zany designs produced by major manufacturers recently. The naked carbon, the winglets and scoops all work together, giving the Apollo IE a purity and a sense of purpose that seems to be missing from recent hypercars like the AMG Project One. You know, just by looking at it, that this wheeled monstrosity will tear your face off if you don't respect it.

Here are the facts: 6.3 litre naturally aspirated V12, 780 HP, 560 lb-ft torque, 1350 kg of downforce at 300 km/h, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes. The entire chassis weighs just 105 kg.

Big engine, incredible power, massive aero and super light. Quite the combo. 

 

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