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by Tim Beissmann

The volume may have already been turned up to 11, but that hasn’t stopped German manufacturer Gumpert from cranking out two even louder and more mental versions of its Apollo hypercar.

The Gumpert Apollo R and the Gumpert Apollo Enraged are the latest ultra-performance models to hit the Geneva motor show floor.

The Apollo R is a track-ready race car. Gumpert’s engineers made ignition and control time adjustments, fitted a racing exhaust system, optimised the air intakes and increased the supercharging pressure of the Apollo’s Audi-sourced 4.2-litre V8 to increase its output from 588kW to 640kW.

The spur-toothed dog ring transmission is controlled by rocker switches on the steering wheel and a central digital display supplies the driver with all the essential information. Gumpert has removed all other comfort features, including the boot, to reduce overall weight to 1100kg.

Company owner and founder Roland Gumpert says increased demand, especially from Asia, encouraged his brand to expand outside its street-legal line-up.

“Many of our customers are driving their Apollo on the racecourse, usually during track days or private events,” Gumpert said. “With the Apollo R, we allow ambitious drivers among them to participate in open GT events.”

The Gumpert Apollo R is presented in a red, black and gold foil livery, with both doors graced by a silver griffon.

Those who want the Apollo R’s more powerful engine but want to be able to drive their car legally on the road can go for the Gumpert Apollo Enraged.

The Enraged is 75kg heavier than the R, but adds a number of comfort features, including a digital LCD instrument panel.

“Okay, so perhaps it is a bit crazy to take the most extreme, barely still street legal vehicle and make it even more extreme,” Gumpert said. “But the idea behind the Enraged, just like the Apollo R itself, embodies our philosophy and our understanding of ‘Pure German Speed’ with absolute consistency.”

Gumpert is yet to release performance data for the new models, but expect them to improve on the standard Apollo’s 3.0-second 0-100km/h sprint and 360km/h top speed.




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