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Hispano Suiza hypercar paints asphalt in retro grandeur

Hispano Suiza hypercar paints ...
Driver and passenger enter by way of dramatic butterfly doors
Driver and passenger enter by way of dramatic butterfly doors
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The Carmen Boulogne loses the covered rear wheels of the standard Carmen but still has plenty of big, bold curves
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The Carmen Boulogne loses the covered rear wheels of the standard Carmen but still has plenty of big, bold curves
Both the Carmen and the Carmen Boulogne are heavily influenced by Hispano Suizas from the first half of the 20th century
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Both the Carmen and the Carmen Boulogne are heavily influenced by Hispano Suizas from the first half of the 20th century
Classic influence, cutting edge engineering
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Classic influence, cutting edge engineering
As compared to the standard Carmen, the Carmen Boulogne has more power, a lighter carbon fiber build and a track-tuned chassis
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As compared to the standard Carmen, the Carmen Boulogne has more power, a lighter carbon fiber build and a track-tuned chassis
A very different parting view from the average modern hypercar
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A very different parting view from the average modern hypercar
The Carmen Boulogne puts its 1,100-hp four-motor powertrain to the test
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The Carmen Boulogne puts its 1,100-hp four-motor powertrain to the test
Driver and passenger enter by way of dramatic butterfly doors
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Driver and passenger enter by way of dramatic butterfly doors
Hispano Suiza plans to build only five Carmen Boulognes
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Hispano Suiza plans to build only five Carmen Boulognes
The standard Carmen has a more classic interior, but the Boulogne is all about performance-focused style
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The standard Carmen has a more classic interior, but the Boulogne is all about performance-focused style
Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne
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Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne
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Call us suckers for past glories, but something about retro-sculpted electric sports cars has found a permanent home in our hearts, especially when stacked up against the many cookie-cutter-styled supercars that cross our desk day in and day out. Earlier this year, the Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne became one of our favorites of the retrolectric hypercar trend, seamlessly bringing together modernized Dick Tracy-era looks with a ferocious 1,100-hp electric powertrain and a cut-weight, track-focused design. Now we see it in action.

When Hispano Suiza rose from near-oblivion and introduced the Carmen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the last thing the car had us thinking was that it desperately needed to be tuned for hot laps around the track. Truth be told, it had us so entranced with those juicy glutes, we weren't thinking much at all.

A year later, though, and Hispano Suiza upped its Carmen game with the even more exclusive Boulogne, hosting one of the first in-lieu-of-auto-show digital debuts that have become an all-too-familiar feature of 2020. Inspired by classics of Hispano Suiza motorsport history, the Boulogne gets an extra 95 hp via the four rear motors below its properly meaty upper thighs. It also loses 132 lb (60 kg) and stiffens up at the wishbones for spryer track handling.

The Carmen Boulogne loses the covered rear wheels of the standard Carmen but still has plenty of big, bold curves
The Carmen Boulogne loses the covered rear wheels of the standard Carmen but still has plenty of big, bold curves

The suite of improvements chops a few tenths off the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time, dropping it down to 2.6 seconds, while a lift of limitations jumps top speed from 155 to 180 mph (250 to 290 km/h). Drivers content to lean back and take things slower can expect to roll to roughly 250 miles (400 km) between charges of the 80-kW lithium battery pack.

It's not the all-out track assault video we were really hoping to see, but the short clip Hispano Suiza released this week does show the Boulogne throwing those birthing hips around with reckless abandon on curvy pavement.

Hispano Suiza reiterated plans to build a mere five Carmen Boulogne models to join 14 standard Carmens. Each Boulogne starts at a cool €1.65 million (approx. US$2 million), and Hispano Suiza's "Unique Tailormade" department will offer customization opportunities befitting of a two-seater in that price range. Deliveries will begin in 2022.

Source: Hispano Suiza

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This is a much nicer Batmobile than the one featured in the new movie.
Grunchy
Is that like "balogna," or "baloney" as we know it in Canada? 😄
Nelson Hyde Chick
Another expensive male enhancement device for the less endowed rich guy.
WB
Fugliest wheels ever in the history of the automobile