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Like supercars? Then do we have a treat for you.
Gumpert, the serious German supercar-maker with the funny name, has confirmed the unveiling of two new vehicles at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Releasing its first teaser last November, we expect to see an official unveiling of the new production version Gumpert Tornante.
As for the second Gumpert, the stylized Discove”R” found on the latest teaser image hints at a special R version of the hardcore Apollo sports car. The current top-of-the-line Apollo S produces 800-hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Rocketing past 60 mph in under three seconds, the Apollo S reaches 223 mph. Assuming the R designation stands for “Race,” the latest Apollo should promise even more speed and violence. Moreover, the ultimate Apollo R would also make a fitting swan song before Gumpert officially releases its next model, the Tornante.
Stay tuned for more Gumpert information as we draw closer to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
GALLERY: Gumpert 2012 Geneva Auto Show
Gumpert is set to unveil a new supercar at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and the German carmaker has released a teaser for the world to enjoy. Not many details have been revealed by Gumpert on their new supercar, but the teaser image clearly shows some hints of resemblance to Gumpert’s Apollo.
But let the speculation begin, as Gumpert also mentioned that they recently tested their new supercar at the Altenburg airport near Leipzig and that it emits an “unmistakable” sound. It’s worth mentioning that this year Gumpert showed off their Tornante at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, so there’s a possibility that this teaser could be a new version of the Tornante. We’ll probably have a bit to wait before something else gets revealed, but for now we’ll take what we can get from Gumpert.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Chalk it up to youthful hubris. A 20-year old man totalled a 200+mph Gumpert Apollo on a country road in Germany, careening 60 meters into a pasture and reducing the 700-horsepower car to scrap.
A girl was in the passenger seat, rather unsurprisingly—what’s surprising is that she was willing to be seen in the Apollo, a car not particularly known for its svelte looks. Thanks to the carbon-fiber passenger compartment, both occupants suffered only minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to a hospital.
The car was not his, and the police are investigating charges of negligent assault. It’s not known whether she will call him for a second date.
[Source: Welt Online (German)]
The Apollo might not be pretty from any angle, but its performance on the track is almost unrivaled. Now it seems that Gumpert is about to introduce a car that would be more focused to cross continents rather than the finish-line at a race track.
The new model is called the Tornante and it will be introduced to the public for the first time at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
This new model is built in partnership with Touring Superleggera, an Italian coach-building firm. They are the ones largely responsible for its styling. Powering this new car is an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter, twin-turbo, V8, rumoured to be putting out 700-hp. The six-speed TT40e gearbox (same as in the Apollo) will now feature paddles to shift gear rather than a gear lever.
More details will emerge at the car’s launch, so watch this space.
SEMA is so vast that it’s hard to truly see it all. Thanks to our eagle-eyed photographers, we’ve been able to cherry pick the best cars over the past few days, starting with the cars of the wheel and tire exhibit.
Rather than the usual dubs and donks, the wheel and tire exhibit had everything from a Lexus LFA to a gaggle of Ferraris to a perfectly restored 1953 MG TD. We even saw a Gumpert Apollo, a rare beast on this side of the Atlantic. The full gallery is below – it’s massive, but definitely worth your time.
Gallery: Wheel & Tire Expo
7:11 time demolishes previous record set by Viper ACR by over 11 seconds.
German supercar builder Gumpert has just set a new Nürburgring lap record for street-legal production cars with its Apollo Speed model. The car was driven by Florian Gruber to a time of 7:11.57, demolishing the current record of 7:22.1 set by the Dodge Viper ACR.
German car magazine Sport-Auto was there to witness the record setting run and actually says that the previous record was a7:14.89 set by Michael Düchting in a Donkervoort D8 RS06 (essentially a Dutch version of a Lotus 7 or Caterham).
We can’t say we’re surprised by the car’s performance, after all, the Apollo uses a full carbon fiber monocoque, much like a Formula 1 car. It also makes 700hp thanks to a twin-turbocharged Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 and uses a genuine racing-style sequential transmission.
Company owner Roland Gumpert is no stranger to fast cars either as he worked at Audi for two decades and led the company’s motorsports division during its rallying heydays.
Technically speaking, the Radical SR8 has run a faster time of 6:55, however, it’s not street legal in many countries (including the U.S.).
Then again, it’s not hard to call into question the Apollo as a production car, considering so few have been built.