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McLaren’s Doppelganger: The Apollo Arrow

Have you heard of the Gumpert? They’re the German automaker that went belly up back in 2012. They’re most famously known for making the Gumpert Apollo, a 4.2 liter twin-turbo’d V8 packed in a 2,400 pound body, capable of hustling to 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds. The supercar/hypercar never really took off and perhaps it had something to do with its terrible company name, named after its founder Roland Gumpert. Say it with us… Guhmmm…Perrtt..


Now say Apollo Automobili. Ah, that’s much better. Out of the ashes of the Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH, the Apollo rises with fiery might. The rebranded company has come out with a new hypercar that, on paper, will beat its bulbous predecessor. The Apollo Arrow is a much sleeker design that mimics McLaren’s Shrink-wrapped look, and it will have a mid-engined twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter 90 degree V8 putting out 985 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque, which is supposedly enough to have a 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds.

The Arrow will be equipped with a 7-speed sequential gearbox sourced from an Italian manufacturer and connected with Apollo’s own electronic gear system with paddle shifters. The rest of the specs reads like a supercar/hypercar starter kit: a Chromemolybdenum steel tube frame and integrated carbon/kevlar tub, a carbon body shell with aluminum sandwich plate underbody, a set of gullwing doors, and some smart air-lift suspension system to avoid chipping pieces of carbon when going over speed bumps.

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The Arrow can now be seen in its orange glory at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, where it has to compete for attention thanks to the Chiron, the DB11, and other sickeningly beautiful cars. European folks just know how to build cars… America, it’s your turn now.

Source: Apollo Automobili

About Hansen

The engineer amongst the crew, Hansen once built a mini baja car with his bare hands. Hansen had the opportunity to join Honda’s R&D team in Ohio but chose the life of the east coast and the defense industry instead. A die hard auto enthusiast he religiously follows the auto industry and loves long walks in the auto shows.

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