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

typeSeries Production Car
released at2005 Essen Motor Show
built atAltenburg, Germany
price $$ €260,000
engineAudi 90° V8 w/Dry Sump Librication
positionMid Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Turbo
valvetrainDOHC, 5 Valves per Cyl w/Vario Cam
fuel feedSequential, Multi-Port Injection
displacement4163 cc / 254.0 in³
bore93 mm / 3.66 in
stroke84.5 mm / 3.33 in
compression9.3:1
power484.7 kw / 650 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output156.14 bhp per litre
bhp/weight541.67 bhp per tonne
torque850 nm / 626.9 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
redline7500
body / frameFibreglass Body over Chrome Molybdenum Steel Frame & Integrated Carbon Fibre Tub
driven wheelsRWD w/Torsen LSD
wheel typeCast Aluminum w/Center Lock
front tires255/35ZR19
rear tires345/35ZR19
front brakesInner Ventilated Discs w/AP 6-Piston Calipers
f brake size32 x 378 mm / 1.3 x 14.9 in
rear brakesInner Ventilated Discs w/AP 6-Piston Calipers
r brake size32 x 378 mm / 1.3 x 14.9 in
front wheelsF 48.3 x 25.4 cm / 19 x 10 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 33.0 cm / 19 x 13 in
steeringRack & Pinoin w/Eletrohydraulic Assist
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Inboard Adj Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Inboard Adj Dampers
curb weight1200 kg / 2425 lbs
wheelbase2700 mm / 106.3 in
front track1670 mm / 65.7 in
rear track1598 mm / 62.6 in
length4460 mm / 175.6 in
width1998 mm / 78.5 in
height1114 mm / 43.5 in
transmissionCIMA 6-Speed Sequential
tran clutchSachs Twin Plate Clutch
gear ratios2.87:1, 1.77:1, 1.26:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, 0.71:1
final drive4.09:1
top speed~360 kph / 223.7 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.0 seconds
fuel capacity120 litres or 31.68 gal.