And the award for the best car nameplate to be revealed at the 2014 Geneva motor show goes to the Gumpert Explosion, a high-powered four-wheel-drive German sports car set to go on sale in Europe this year.
Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 313kW at 6450rpm and 520Nm at 4550rpm, the Gumpert Explosion is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddleshifters.
Combining a tubular frame with a carbonfibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminium composite chassis, the dramatically styled two-seat, front-engined sports car claims 0-100km/h “inside of 3.0 seconds”.
Top speed is not formally given, with the car maker only saying that “a ‘3’ is ﬁrst in line when it comes to maximum speed”.
The company rather oddly claims the car is made for “winding roads and ice cream parlours”, but with motor racing levels of “positive and negative acceleration values”.
Gumpert says production of the 105,000 euro ($161,300) hand built model has already begun, with deliveries due later this year. An Explosion S version with 375kW and 624Nm is also planned, with a turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder at its heart.
“We want to convey to all those drivers who love motorsports what it feels like to sit behind the wheel of a rally car”, said Gumpert owner, founder and managing director Roland Gumpert.
The new Explosion brings the niche brand back with a bang – Gumpert was forced to apply for provisional insolvency in August 2012 after running out of funds, but resumed production in November that same year.
At last year’s Geneva motor show, Gumpert confirmed its medium-term future and the introduction of all-new models after securing a new investor.