The Apollo Intensa Emozione isn’t the only hyper-unattainable hypercar we’ve seen this year, or even this week. But while the IE (as we will call it for brevity’s sake) packs the requisite crazy looks and astounding specs, it’s the guiding philosophy behind it -- the best of modern performance combined with classic, visceral directness -- that should set it apart.
Apollo is the successor to, or evolution of, boutique supercar-builder Gumpert; company founder Roland Gumpert is no longer involved with the company, so it has adopted the name of one of its most far-out creations. The Gumpert Apollo packed giant-slaying performance; if it’s anything to go by, the rechristened company should be capable of getting beyond the vaporware stage with this thing.
There’s far too much going on here to get into all the details, but even the broad strokes paint an intriguing picture. Try this one on for size: Five times the power of a Mazda MX-5 … and only 400 extra pounds of weight to drag around. 0-62 mph is said to take 2.7 seconds, and top speed is a stated 208 mph.
The engine is a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 with a 9,000-rpm redline. Supplied by Autotecnica Motori, it should produce “in excess of” 780 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. The motor seems to set the tone for the whole vehicle: Free of forced-induction and creeping electrification, it’s designed to provide a classic, visceral performance experience enhanced, but not dominated by, modern technology.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie will use a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12, but it’s part of a hybrid system. AMG’s Project One goes full future-tech with its F1 power unit. Only the Apollo IE seems to fully commit to (relative) simplicity.
It’s not all old-school, though. The transmission is a six-speed sequential gearbox operated with wheel-mounted paddle shifters. You get programmable engine modes (wet, sport and track), too, but with that much power ripping through the rear wheels, the concession to computer management seems reasonable.
And, of course, there’s the carbon fiber. It’s not just the wild Michael Bay’s Transformers mid-morph bodywork, or the crazy wing; strip away the baroque, racing prototype-esque styling and you’ll find a chassis molded from the composite material. The chassis structure is said to weigh just 231.5 pounds -- incredible if true -- helping keep the curb weight down to 2,756 pounds.
Pinned to the chassis are front and rear double-wishbone pushrod suspension setups -- one of the car’s many racing-inspired subsystems -- and the seat buckets appear to be molded in from the factory. The chassis alone is a fascinating piece of work.
Almost a shame to cover it up under the radical bodywork, which comes off as either robotic or organic depending on which angle you view it from. It’s functional, at least partially; the wild aerodynamics can supposedly provide 2,976 pounds of downforce at 186 mph.
Apollo says it will build just 10 of these cars at a price of roughly $2.7 million per. You’ll get to participate in an exclusive Apollo IE time-attack program if you buy one of these, but still, yikes. A successor, the Apollo Arrow, will follow, and perhaps it will be slightly more attainable
For now, you can watch this video on the creation of the IE as you furiously scratch off lotto tickets in hopes of stacking up the requisite $2.7 million.