Who remembers the infamous Gumpert Apollo? That super-fast but super-ugly supercar that is, thankfully, no longer in production? Well, believe it or not, this absolutely ridiculous piece of machinery actually comes from the same manufacturer. It’s called the Apollo Intensa Emozione (Intense Emotion in English) and it’s bloody mental!
First of all, I want to talk about the appearance – it’s utterly bonkers and aero-galore! There’s carbon fibre everywhere and from the front splitter to the monstrous rear wing, every little detail is vigorously thought out with downforce and weight-saving in mind. At the Apollo’s core is a bespoke carbon fibre chassis composed from a rigid tub and unique carbon subframes. Brembo carbon ceramic brakes accompany three-way adjustable Bilstein dampers and a double wishbone pushrod suspension setup.
The diet continues inside the car where the seats are effectively a carbon fibre bucket with a little bit of padding. The bright red seats might not be everyone’s cup of tea but in a more subtle grey or black trim, there’s no denying that it would be an incredible looking interior. All of this weight-saving gives the Apollo Intensa Emozione an impressive kurbweight of 1,250kg. Even more impressive than that is the 1,350kg of downforce created by the aforementioned aerodynamic features. In fact, there’s so much downforce that at 186mph, the Apollo would actually be able to drive upside down (theoretically, of course – no one is mad enough to test it).
Behind the driver, you’ll find an Autotechnica Motori naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V12 pumping out 769bhp and 560lb ft of torque. It’ll do 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 207mph. Those figures might seem a little lower than some of you expected but there’s good reason. Apollo aren’t after records like Bugatti and Hennessey. Instead, their goal is to offer a true, intensely emotional driving experience, hence the name.
With a 9,000rpm red-line and a 3D laser-printed triple exhaust that “costs more than a whole BMW M4”, it’s safe to say that it won’t just look insane – it will sound it, too. Power is put down through a six-speed sequential gearbox which transmits drive to the rear wheels.
Now on to some numbers that might not be quite so easy on the ears. If you want your very own Apollo Intensa Emozione, you’ll have to be extremely rich and just as lucky. Why? Only 10 are being made and each will cost €2.3 million (£2.05m) as is. That’s not all, though. Apollo is planning for all 10 vehicles to undergo massive amounts of customisation so each unit is exactly how the customer wants it. It goes without saying that this will ramp up the price quite considerably. Oh, I also forgot to mention it’s not even road-legal…
What do you think? Will this new Apollo be something truly special or just another failed attempt at a hypercar that no one will remember in two years time? Let us know in the comments section below or via our Facebook and Twitter pages.