You didn’t think that Gumpert was lying on its bankruptcy deathbed (…again), did you? If so, you’re mistaken, as the German niche sportscar-maker that has had more brushes with death than we care to remember is visiting the Geneva Motor Show with a world premiere of a production-intent coupe named “Explosion”.
“We want to convey to all those drivers who love motor sports what it feels like to sit behind the wheel of a rally car”, says Roland Gumpert, founder of the company that bears his name.
The two-seater model with the very Audi Quattro-esque like snout and overall stance, justifies Gumpert’s rally/racing claims with an unidentified engine producing 420hp and 520Nm (383 lb-ft) and all-wheel drive, boasting a reported 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of “inside of 3.0 seconds”, according to the company’s release.
Gumpert says that the front-engined car sports a lightweight construction “using a tubular frame and bodywork made of a carbon, glass fibre-reinforced plastic and aluminums mix”.
The Explosion, which is scheduled to enter series production before the end of the year, will have a starting price of €105,000, or about US$144,000 in Germany.
By John Halas