Geneva Motor Show: ApolloN image

Gumpert, the German maker of some wild and almost legal road-cars, came to the Geneva Auto Show with two aggressive creations, one of which is ApolloN.

The German niche maker Gumpert has gained a new ownership in January after the company filed for insolvency in 2012. The rescue came from the Ideal TeamVenture which bought the brand and renamed the firm to Apollo Automobil. The newly-formed brand has entered to Geneva’s stage with the 1,000 horsepower Arrow bullet and with an evolution of the original Apollo model, which was brought to life ten years ago. The new ApolloN comes with the same aggressive styling like all the insane cars from Gumpert’s past. More important than the menacing exterior design is what lies under the hood.

A 4.2-liter V8 engine bi-turbo is the one responsible for pushing the ApolloN to a crazy pace, a powerplant that develops 700 Hp (515 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 880 Nm (649 pound-feet) of pure torque. With a low center of gravity and weighing only 1,200 kg, is no wonder that ApolloN can run from a standstill to a 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds, while it can accelerate up to a top speed of 360 km/h (223 mph). All that power goes to the wheels – 19 inches on the front and 20 inches at the back – via sequential seven-speed gearbox and it is properly distributed by a self-locking Torsen differential. ApolloN also features an electronic lift system helping the supercar to rise its nose in case of some bad tarmac.