The Gumpert Apollo: Supercar Status?
Dec 2010 21

Traditionally, when I think of a supercars it makes me think of a beautifully crafted works of art that you can Peacock through Monte Carlo and the French Riviera with your HB9 in the passenger seat. Lamborghini, Ferrari, Koenigsegg, McLaren, and Pagani all cars with exceptional design heritage. Another company has come along and taken a sort different approach with a new car, the Gumpert Appollo. The name ‘Gumpert’ certainly doesn’t roll of your tongue like Ferrari…

Adriana Lima awaits a Gumpert?

Adriana Lima awaits a Gumpert?

To make matters worse it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing car on the road either. With all those inlets and grates it look like an unfinished sketch in some engineers head. Even the interior is just bits and pieces borrowed from Audi. So what’s all the fuss over this supercar?

This car does one thing better than many of the other aforementioned manufactures. It goes exceptionally fast, even by supercar standards. This is basically a road-legal racer, the Apollo is designed with downforce in mind. Its 2,400 lb carbon-fiber monocoque generates 3,300 lbs of downforce which keeps it firmly planted to the ground. Theoretically, all of its spoilers and inlets produce enough downforce to enable it to drive upside at 200 mph. The power comes from a twin-turbo version of the Audi RS4’s 4.2-litre V8, producing 650 bhp and 627 lb ft of torque. It’s top speed is a blazing 224 mph, Peacock indeed.

It remains to be seen if Gumpert’s bare bones approach will elevate it to top supercar status. A supercar typically is meant to blend incredible performance with supermodel looks. Usually, when a wealthy car enthusiast is in the market for a $333,500 supercar he may want to have the neck-snapping looks to go along with it. In the end, maybe that’s what Gumpert has wanted all along, for to you focus on it’s supremely engineered Apollo, and not the superficial. Visit this site to see more of the Gumpert Apollo.
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