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The Gumpert Apollo Speed has been designed primarily for ultra-high speed runsEnlarge Photo
Setting apart the Speed from previous Apollo models are bigger wheelarches, a new front splitter and revised air intakes. The new car will also feature a two-tone paint scheme, an adjustable rear spoiler and new tail lamps.
Unique features of the latest Apollo variant include its carbon-fiber and aluminum sandwich underbody, as well as its fixed wheel caps at the front and rotating rears – a similar set-up to that used in F1. Other specs include adjustable dampers, 19in aluminum wheels, and 378mm ventilated brake discs with six-piston calipers.
Power comes from an Audi-sourced twin-turbo 4.2L V8 developing up to 800hp (597kW) and 664lb-ft (900Nm) of torque in the range topping model. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a sequential six-speed gearbox, and according to Gumpert the new Speed will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds flat, pass 200km/h in 8.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 360km/h.
Despite being developed from the onset as a high-performance vehicle, the Apollo Speed still comes with a leather and Alcantara lined cabin, air-conditioning, a DVD monitor, and an optional satnav system. Even with all these luxury items, the car still tips the scales at a lithe 1,200kg.