While it may not be the most well-known name in performance motoring, German sportscar builder Gumpert is doing its best to give the more established names in the business a run for their money.
At this year?s Geneva Motor Show, Gumpert will pull the wraps off the Apollo Speed, a fettled and faster version of its Apollo coupe. The Apollo Speed will feature revised aerodynamics and reduced ride height to allow it to sprint to 100 km/h in three seconds neat, and onto 200 km/h in 8.9 seconds before reaching a claimed top speed of 360 km/h.
The mid-mounted twin-turbo Audi 4.2 litre V8 is available in 484 kW (650 HP), 522 kW (700 HP) and 596 kW (800 HP) states of tune, equipped on the Speed with a revised air intake system. A twin-clutch sequential gearbox and Torsen diff channel power to the rear wheels. Six-piston calipers clamping down on 378 mm discs front and rear, help keep the ferocity in check.
Revisions have been made to the front end and wheel arches, while an adjustable rear spoiler completes the aero package. Redesigned tail-lights also join the list of Speed-specific features.
Inside the Apollo Speed a removable steering wheel and four-point harness for the driver indicate that this car means business on the track, while air conditioning and a DVD receiver take care of the pleasure side of things. A choice of leather or Alcantara trim is also available.