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Aria turns up the heat in LA with US-made, 1,150-bhp FXE hybrid hypercar

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The all-new FXE from the Californian-based design house, Aria
The all-new FXE from the Californian-based design house, Aria
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Aria's new FXE hypercar  made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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Aria's new FXE hypercar  made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
The taillights of the FXE
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The taillights of the FXE
Aria's new FXE hypercar at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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Aria's new FXE hypercar at the 2017 LA Auto Show
Aria's new FXE hypercar at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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Aria's new FXE hypercar at the 2017 LA Auto Show
Aria's new FXE hypercar at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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Aria's new FXE hypercar at the 2017 LA Auto Show
Aria's new FXE hypercar that made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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Aria's new FXE hypercar that made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
The headlights of Aria's new FXE hypercar
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The headlights of Aria's new FXE hypercar
The FXE has a 3,450-lb curb weight thanks to a carbon-fiber chassis and body panels as well as 3D-printed metal components
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The FXE has a 3,450-lb curb weight thanks to a carbon-fiber chassis and body panels as well as 3D-printed metal components
The FXE has a 7-speed dual clutch transmission as standard
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The FXE has a 7-speed dual clutch transmission as standard
Aria's new FXE hypercar that made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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Aria's new FXE hypercar that made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
The FXE's exotic forged HRE center-lock wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires
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The FXE's exotic forged HRE center-lock wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires
The Aria's mid-mounted 6.2-liter V8 and dual front-mounted electric motors take it from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and give it a top speed of 220 mph
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The Aria's mid-mounted 6.2-liter V8 and dual front-mounted electric motors take it from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds and give it a top speed of 220 mph
The FXE's electric motors are powered by a 10-kWh lithium-ion battery
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The FXE's electric motors are powered by a 10-kWh lithium-ion battery
Aria's new FXE hypercar that made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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Aria's new FXE hypercar that made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
Aria's new FXE hypercar that made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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Aria's new FXE hypercar that made its debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show
Aria's previous design experience includes cars like the Singer 911 and the 2009 Tesla Model S concept
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Aria's previous design experience includes cars like the Singer 911 and the 2009 Tesla Model S concept
The all-new FXE from the Californian-based design house, Aria
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The all-new FXE from the Californian-based design house, Aria
The front end of the FXE is extremely menacing with its large front splitter and sculpted-naked headlamps
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The front end of the FXE is extremely menacing with its large front splitter and sculpted-naked headlamps
The rear end styling of the FXE
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The rear end styling of the FXE
The FXE's exotic forged HRE center-lock wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires
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The FXE's exotic forged HRE center-lock wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires
Rear-angle view of the Aria FXE
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Rear-angle view of the Aria FXE
The Aria FXE from above
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The Aria FXE from above

Aria isn't a name as recognizable as Lamborghini, Bugatti or McLaren, but the California-based design and engineering house has been involved in the design of cars like the Singer 911 and the Tesla Model S concept from 2009. Now it's turned its knowledge and expertise to its first ever production vehicle, a US-made hypercar called the FXE.

Unveiled at the LA Auto Show, the FXE boasts a powerful hybrid powertrain and eye-catching styling that can match it with hybrid hypercar lookers from the likes of McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche.

Thanks to dual front-mounted electric motors powered by a 10-kWh battery and a mid-mounted 6.2-liter supercharged V8, the FXE puts out a claimed 1,150-bhp (858 kW) and an eye-watering 1,316 lb-ft (1,785 Nm) of torque that is put to the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The rear end styling of the FXE
The rear end styling of the FXE

The FXE's 3,450 lb (1,565 kg) curb weight is achieved through a carbon-fiber chassis and body panels as well as the use of 3D-printed metal components throughout the car. This helps the FXE sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 3.1 seconds and top out at 220 mph (354 km/h), which would put it in the territory of McLaren's P1 and Porsche's 918.

It's possible to see elements of other hypercar designs, but they all combine in a unique exterior that makes the car look fast even when sitting on the showroom floor. The menacing front end features a front splitter, naked headlamps and various aerodynamic cuts and slashes (the car doesn't have any active aero systems), while the rear wouldn't look out of place on an aircraft carrier, with its large rear spoiler, diffuser and mid-mounted rear splitter.

The FXE's exotic forged HRE center-lock wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires
The FXE's exotic forged HRE center-lock wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires

The entire package squats on HRE forged center-lock rims – 20-inches on the front and 21-inches on the rear. The wheels are wrapped in a set of Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires with a 265-section on the front and 325-section on the rear. For a first-attempt to put the US of A on the hypercar map, the FXE has a lot going for it.

Less than 400 Aria FXE's will be built, and pricing is only available on application as each vehicle will be a bespoke order, but we'd expect it to be north of the US$1-million mark when it goes on sale in 2019.

Source: Aria

2 comments
Mr T
How can this car have more power and less weight than a Model S and yet still be not as quick? And, it's 10 times the price. Why would you buy it? It's ugly, impractical and slower than a large 5 seat luxury sedan while being much more expensive...
dougspair
...Still behind the Hennessey or Koenigsegg