Hispano Suiza Carmen Is A Retro-Futuristic EV With Over 1,000 HP

Hispano Suiza isn’t exactly a household name, but that hasn’t stopped two different companies from reviving the brand in Geneva.

This particular model comes from Hispano Suiza Cars and it’s a retro-inspired coupe called the Carmen. Drawing inspiration from the 1938 Hispano Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia, that was commissioned by World War One fighter pilot André Dubonnet, the Carmen has an aggressive front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by sporty air intakes. The model has also been equipped with a carbon fiber splitter and semi-circular headlights.

The sporty styling continues further back as the Carmen has a ventilated hood and covered rear wheels which pay tribute to the original H6C Dubonnet Xenia. Speaking of the rear, it’s particularly eye-catching as it features a massive diffuser, three dimensional taillights and retro-inspired bodywork.

Hispano Suiza didn’t release interior pictures, but the company has previously said the model has carbon composite seats, leather and Alcantara upholstery as well as wood trim. We can also expect an analogue clock, toggle switches, machined aluminum accents and a triangular gear selector inspired by previous Hispano Suiza models.

Despite the old school styling, there’s modern convenience features including a wireless smartphone charger and LED ambient lighting. Drivers will also find a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The modern touches extend beneath the skin as the Carmen rides on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and features an electric powertrain. Two electric motors power the rear wheels and they give the car a combined output of 1,005 hp (750 kW / 1,019 PS). This enables the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than three seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Motivation is provided by an 80 kWh battery pack, although a 105 kWh unit might be available at launch. If that happens, the Carmen could travel more than 248 miles (400 km) on a single charge.

Hispano Suiza is currently accepting orders and pricing starts at $1.7 (£1.2 / €1.5) million. Only 19 units will be available and the first delivers will begin in June of 2020.

 

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  • exeptor

    I like the design. In a way it is closer to the old car than the new Bugatti to its predecessor. I really like the wheel covers on the back … something that coluld’ve been interesting to see in Bugatti.

  • Mike anonymous

    I actually… really,.. LIKE this.

    Those press photography CG images simply don’t do this vehicle justice. Taking a look at the (few) real photographs of the design, it simply looks stunning. It certainly different, and that (beyond its’ beauty, ) I like.

    • donald seymour

      Laugh out Loud I gave you an up-vote, because I want to promote healthy dialogue even though you seem not to be making healthy statements.

  • Jim Jones ©

    No.

  • That Ross Chap

    This is the problem with taking an old design and instead of interpreting it’s best elements – the sloped rear, dramatic wheel arches, covered rear wheels, long bonnet, long front arches, and the general ‘tear-drop’ shape -, choosing to try and replicate it rather literally. It resembles the Mercedes Benz Bionic concept from some years back – the one mocked for its design – but at least that was bold. This just squishes in a check list of elements onto an overly boxy body. Such a disappointment.

  • Six Thousand Times

    A-pillars are too wide.

    • Bash

      Little bit too early to complain about that. but yeah I see it too.

      • Six Thousand Times

        OK, now?

  • Bash

    I think its a little bit off the chart! but its a step in the right direction. I mean its not 2010 anymore!

  • LOOKING AT IT COMPARED TO THE ORIGINAL IN PIC 15, THE FRONT AND REAR FENDERS ARE TOO CHUNKY. IT’S REALLY KIND OF A MESS. LOOKS GREAT FROM ABOVE.

  • Eric D

    FUGLY

  • SteersUright

    No thanks.

  • So a rich couple got bored… Ok let’s see something else.

  • Knarck

    The rear looks great. The front looks more like sporty Bentayga facelift. IMO it deserves more simplicity in the front, like Coventry graduate Douglas Hogg’s Bugatti Aerolithe front end.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/812fc0353f585a5c81d3c2f13989b1dcdedb9cfa84423ee1d03c208c315d3ac1.jpg

  • lagunas3ca

    Fancy ’01 Honda Insight.

  • SteersUright

    Hell no.

  • canathan
  • I actually kinda like the back, but the side is just meh, and the front is especially ugly. This is not what I had in mind when they said it taken Dubonnet Xenia as inspiration.

    Not to mention now there are 2 Hispano-Suiza in the market.

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