Gumpert Back on the Scene with ‘Arrow’ Supercar

By Paul Joseph

Among the array of outstanding automobiles on display at the Geneva motor Show, which came to a close this weekend, was the long awaited return of German hypercar makers Gumpert.

The avant-garde manufacturer, which last year was rebranded as Apollo Automobil, was showcasing its ‘Arrow’ supercar, a sharply styled model that combines high-performance with an all-new look.

Previous Apollo cars were some of the most rotund on the planet, but they have gone a completely different route with the Arrow, creating a sharp and angular design. Notable features include a pronounced snout and front splitter, along with diving front fenders and large winged skirts.

The car’s yellow bodywork clings to the underlying carbon fibre and a huge wing juts out well past the body.

Apollo mounts two large turbochargers on top of the mid-mounted 4.0-liter Audi V8 engine, managing to push it to 986 hp (735 kW) at 6,750 rpm and 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque at 3,650 rpm. This enables a sub-2.9-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time and 224 mph (360 km/h) top speed.

Other key components include a seven-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission, available launch control, long double wishbone front and rear suspensions, manual/automatic ride height control, AP Racing high performance braking system with Bosch ABS, and 20-in front/21-in rear monoblock alloy wheels.

The Arrow revealed in Geneva is a prototype and, when ready, Apollo will build up to 100 models, each personalised around the individual customer.

By Paul Joseph