Automotive Antithesis: The New Hispano-Suiza


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A German automotive site called Autobild.de is reporting that the famous pre-war luxury marque, Hispano-Suiza is being revised. The business model, interestingly,  is the complete different than what the company used to do.

Before World War II, the Spanish company was well known as having great automotive technology, like the airplane V-8 engined like the one Jay Leno is restoring. The company was so innovative that even Rolls Royce licensed engineering patents from them.

A customer would order a running bare chassis from Hispano-Suiza and send it to their favorite coach-builder to create a one-off personal creation.

The new Hispano-Suiza, so far only called the Supercharged V-10, is the complete opposite: a rebodied Audi R8 5.2 V10.

That's not to say the car isn't completely factory stock. The plan is to use twin superchargers on the V-10 to produce 750 horsepower and propel the special cars to 60mph in 3.4 seconds and have a top speed of over 200mph.

The bodywork is a matter of debate, and so is the 700,000 euro (nearly $950,000) price tag, which could get you to Pebble Beach in a 1925 H6 touring car.

For pictures of the concept, hit the jump below.

[Source: Autobild]

 
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