2006 Gumpert Apollo

Gumpert are now assembling a range of the most daring supercars built around Audi components. Their first saleable product, which has started its show rounds, is a production version of the Apollo mid-engine supercar seen earlier this year. It’s powered by a twin turbo Audi V8, and if the spec tables are to be believed, new owners can be treated to 60mph in just 3.0 seconds.

The Apollo just might be capable of such a run. Its carbon fibre body sits atop a chrome molybdenum alloy and steel frame that supports an RS6 engine cranked out to 650 bhp. With this setup the Gumpert has a better power to weight ratio than the big ‘Mac’Laren F1. Although, some customers might opt out of the carbon for a GRP body and a have the superchared 440 bhp option to save a few dollars, or maybe a little sanity.

Other niceties include a sequential 6-speed transmission, a twin clutch system attached to that, an inboard suspension setup and as much down force as a DTM car. All of this down force is created by the under tray which means the Apollo has no fussy wings and instead, two massive venturis extending the length of the car that increase the drag to 0.43 Cd.

Sensibly, the Apollo has huge brakes hiding behind its 19 inch center-lock wheels. To keep speed in check, 8-piston calipers grab 15 inch discs on all four wheels and an ABS system is included.

Gumpert say they are production ready and can make cars ranging from 150 to 220 thousand euros. They are suggesting that a full-on race version might be feasible, but until then we patiently wait for The Nurburgring lap time.

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In Detail

type Series Production Car
released at 2005 Essen Motor Show
built at Altenburg, Germany
price $ $ €260,000
engine Audi 90° V8 w/Dry Sump Librication
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Twin Turbo
valvetrain DOHC, 5 Valves per Cyl w/Vario Cam
fuel feed Sequential, Multi-Port Injection
displacement 4163 cc / 254.0 in³
bore 93 mm / 3.66 in
stroke 84.5 mm / 3.33 in
compression 9.3:1
power 484.7 kw / 650 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 156.14 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 541.67 bhp per tonne
torque 850 nm / 626.9 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
redline 7500
body / frame Fibreglass Body over Chrome Molybdenum Steel Frame & Integrated Carbon Fibre Tub
driven wheels RWD w/Torsen LSD
wheel type Cast Aluminum w/Center Lock
front tires 255/35ZR19
rear tires 345/35ZR19
front brakes Inner Ventilated Discs w/AP 6-Piston Calipers
f brake size 32 x 378 mm / 1.3 x 14.9 in
rear brakes Inner Ventilated Discs w/AP 6-Piston Calipers
r brake size 32 x 378 mm / 1.3 x 14.9 in
front wheels F 48.3 x 25.4 cm / 19 x 10 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 33.0 cm / 19 x 13 in
steering Rack & Pinoin w/Eletrohydraulic Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Inboard Adj Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Inboard Adj Dampers
curb weight 1200 kg / 2425 lbs
wheelbase 2700 mm / 106.3 in
front track 1670 mm / 65.7 in
rear track 1598 mm / 62.6 in
length 4460 mm / 175.6 in
width 1998 mm / 78.5 in
height 1114 mm / 43.5 in
transmission CIMA 6-Speed Sequential
tran clutch Sachs Twin Plate Clutch
gear ratios 2.87:1, 1.77:1, 1.26:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, 0.71:1
final drive 4.09:1
top speed ~360 kph / 223.7 mph
0 – 60 mph ~3.0 seconds
fuel capacity 120 litres or 31.68 gal.