France’s Genty Akylone supercar project has received an update for 2014, with a new design and stronger performance figures over the original from 2011.
Genty says its motivation for the redesign was to achieve a class-leading power-to-weight ratio; producing more power from the Akylone’s V8 engine while lightening the body.
The supercar upstart has decided to go it alone with the power plant by designing its own twin-turbocharged 6.0 litre V8 engine, rather than borrow an established (and proven) unit from a mainstream carmaker.
While the engine’s pedigree is yet to be proven, Genty says it will now produce over 895kW and 1167Nm, which puts the Akylone well beyond the likes of the 708kW/900+Nm Ferrari LaFerrari, among others.
A six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters is responsible for harnessing the horsepower and sending it to the rear wheels, in a package that weighs 1102kg with a front-to-rear weight distribution of 42:58.
The 0-100km/h sprint is over in 2.7 seconds and the 0-199km/h time is 7.2 seconds but the party-piece would have to be the 0-298km/h time; listed at just 14 seconds.
While these impressive figures are purely Genty’s claims, for now, the project does show credibility through its list of partners with Michelin among the recognisable names.
Genty plans to eventually build just 15 coupe and 10 roadster versions of the Akylone, with pricing available on request. Meanwhile, the carmaker is seeking further financial backing to shift the project to its next stage.
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