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by George Skentzos

Each Apollo in the Gumpert range has been specifically tuned to master a certain task, with optimum racetrack performance, lateral acceleration and grip in all situations being the focus of the standard Apollo, Apollo Sport and Apollo Race.

Now the brand is set to introduce a new variation of its Apollo supercar at the Geneva motor show dubbed the Apollo Speed – no prizes for guessing where its forte lies.

Already the fastest car ever to have lapped the Top Gear test track, the Apollo Speed is aimed at an exclusive high speed clientele.

Now sitting just 1,105mm above the bitumen – compared to 1,114mm in the standard version – Gumpert has tweaked the aerodynamics by softening the down forces to reduce drag as the Apollo Speed approaches its maximum velocity of over 360km/h.

A new low-drag induction system delivers fresh air to the engine with further modifications made to the rear end including redesigned tail lights and a smaller adjustable spoiler.

A fully enclosed under body has been produced using a blend of carbon and aluminium materials while the wheel nuts are fixed at the front and rotate at the back – both technologies borrowed from Formula One.

The powerful bi-turbo V8 engine is available in three levels of performance: an entry level 485kw/850Nm tune, mid-range 522kW/875Nm guide and flagship 597kW/900Nm calibration.

The high-output version can go from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.0 seconds and reach 200km/h in just 8.9 seconds.

Despite its blistering performance and insane styling, the Gumpert Apollo Speed is surprisingly well equipped with a leather or Alcantara interior finish, air-conditioning and DVD playback.




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