Gumpert Adds 'Speed' Flagship To Apollo Lineup

The Gumpert Apollo Speed has been designed primarily for ultra-high speed runs

The Gumpert Apollo Speed has been designed primarily for ultra-high speed runs

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German sports car manufacturer Gumpert has unveiled a faster version of its Apollo supercar at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, aptly named the Apollo Speed. Building on previous versions like the Apollo Sport and Apollo Race, the new Speed has been further engineered to tackle high speed runs.

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.
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