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Apollo pulls the razor-sharp Arrow hypercar out of its quiver

Apollo pulls the razor-sharp A...
With nearly 1,000 hp on tap, the Arrow is capable of launching to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds
With nearly 1,000 hp on tap, the Arrow is capable of launching to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds
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The Apollo Arrow awaits its debut
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The Apollo Arrow awaits its debut
The all-new Apollo Arrow makes its world debut
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The all-new Apollo Arrow makes its world debut
A very different look from the old Gumpert
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A very different look from the old Gumpert
The split bodywork around the headlamps is one of many interesting visuals
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The split bodywork around the headlamps is one of many interesting visuals
The Arrow features a carbon fiber body atop a chromoly frame with carbon monocoque
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The Arrow features a carbon fiber body atop a chromoly frame with carbon monocoque
The Arrow is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8
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The Arrow is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8
Apollo says that the Arrow makes more downforce than any other street-legal car
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Apollo says that the Arrow makes more downforce than any other street-legal car
The Apollo Arrow makes its debut, Geneva 2016
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The Apollo Arrow makes its debut, Geneva 2016
The Arrow has 21-in rear wheels
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The Arrow has 21-in rear wheels
Carryover elements from the Gumpert Apollo include the window sill depth, central air intake and gullwing doors
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Carryover elements from the Gumpert Apollo include the window sill depth, central air intake and gullwing doors
"Although it’s still a prototype, we are confident that the Arrow will achieve the unimaginable" - Roland Gumpert, CEO
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"Although it’s still a prototype, we are confident that the Arrow will achieve the unimaginable" - Roland Gumpert, CEO
With nearly 1,000 hp on tap, the Arrow is capable of launching to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds
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With nearly 1,000 hp on tap, the Arrow is capable of launching to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds
Apollo introduces itself to the world
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Apollo introduces itself to the world
Apollo Arrow at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
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Apollo Arrow at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Apollo N at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
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Apollo N at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Inside the Apollo N
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Inside the Apollo N
Inside the Apollo N
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Inside the Apollo N

It's been a couple of years since we've heard anything new from German hypercar maker Gumpert. And that's at least partly because Gumpert doesn't exist anymore, at least not in name. After some corporate reshuffling last year, it was rebranded as Apollo Automobil, a name borrowed from Gumpert's supercar. The new brand is holding its coming out party at the Geneva Motor Show, revealing the all-new Arrow, a sharply styled supercar that combines (Gumpert) Apollo levels of performance with an all-new look.

Gumpert founder Roland Gumpert remains the CEO and chief engineer at Apollo, but under the ownership of Ideal Team Ventures Limited, the new company is out to create a fresh identity. Gumpert cars were some of the most rotund on the planet, but Apollo has gone a completely different direction with the Arrow, creating a design that's as sharp and angular as its namesake.

Using the shark as inspiration, Apollo created a car that preys on the air in front of it, its pronounced snout and front splitter tearing through every molecule. The side aerodynamics create a chaotic shrapnel field – thin, diving front fenders, massive winged skirts and ravenous intakes. In back, the yellow bodywork clings to the underlying carbon fiber and a huge wing juts out well past the body. Apollo promises that the Arrow will produce more downforce than any other street legal hypercar out there, and looking at that aero kit, it's hard not to believe it.

The Arrow has 21-in rear wheels
The Arrow has 21-in rear wheels

We definitely see "shark" in the angry eyes, sharp fins, rough, scaly body, and pointed nose. The animal's spine is a roof-mounted black air intake influenced by the original Gumpert Apollo, its bones a chromoly steel tube frame with integrated carbon/Kevlar monocoque hiding below the Wulfenite orange carbon body.

Nature's shark can only wish it had a beating heart as powerful as its spiritual track sibling. Apollo mounts two large turbochargers on top of the mid-mounted 4.0-liter Audi V8, managing to push it to 986 hp (735 kW) at 6,750 rpm and 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque at 3,650 rpm – making the Gumperts of old seem underpowered. Apollo believes that power will equate to a sub-2.9-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time, 8.8-second 0-124 mph (200 km/h) time, and 224 mph (360 km/h) top speed. It also mentions that fuel economy increases slightly over the Gumpert Apollo but doesn't list a specific estimate.

Other key components include a seven-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission, available launch control, long double wishbone front and rear suspensions, manual/automatic ride height control, AP Racing high performance braking system with Bosch ABS, and 20-in front/21-in rear monoblock alloy wheels. The car's gullwing doors are a nod to its Gumpert-badged predecessor. Curb weight lists at 2,866 lb (1,300 kg).

The Arrow revealed in Geneva is a prototype and, when ready, Apollo will build up to 100 models, each personalized around the individual customer. It plans to set up a dealership network to get these cars in the hands of passionate drivers.

Apollo N at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Apollo N at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show

While the Arrow paves the way for the future, the other car at Apollo's Geneva booth gives a nod to the past. The Apollo N (Apollo Apollo N?) is the next evolution of the Apollo, picking up where the Apollo Enraged left off. The "N" stands for Nürburgring, where the Apollo S previously held a world record. The new car is powered by a 789-hp (588 kW) 4.2-liter V8 twin turbo. It features revised aerodynamics, a white-and-black paint job and a newly developed instrument cluster. Only six will be built.

Source: Apollo Automobil

3 comments
Peter Kelly
If that gets past the European rules on car safety I just hope no pedestrians get in the way! The result would be worse than something out of Grand Theft Auto...
Peter Kelly
If this car passes European Safety Standards I would dread to think of it colliding with a pedestrian, given the sharp front.
McDesign
That overhung rear wing will give a lot of front-end lift!