Gumpert Blasts Into Geneva with New Explosion Coupe

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

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