Japan’s fully electric and somewhat mysterious Aspark Owl hypercar has been teasing us since September of 2017. Last year, we even saw a prototype hit 62 mph (96 km/h) in 1.9 seconds, and that’s before anybody could even place an order.
Now, the production-ready variant has just been unveiled in Dubai, rocking 2,012 PS (1,480 kW / 1,984 HP), roughly 2,000 Nm (1,475 lb-ft) of torque, a 0-60 time of 1.69 seconds, top speed of 400 km/h (248 mph) and a total range of 450 km (280 miles).
Only 50 units of the Owl will go into production, each carrying a base price of 2,900,000 euros ($3,188,000). According to Aspark, the fully-electric Owl is not only the world’s fastest accelerating car, but also probably the lowest road legal electric hypercar in the world, at just 99 cm (38.9 inches) in height. And yes, the term “probably” was actually used in the press release.
In terms of looks, there are major changes between the 2017 concept and this final version. The automaker started off by adding two external camera mirrors so as to maximize the car’s “elegant appearance with their feminine shape,” while also ensuring that air flows in the right direction.
Other changes include the side glass which is now more functional thanks to a special window cutline, but also the active rear wing (concept had a fixed wing), designed to come out automatically at 150 km/h (93 mph), and retract at 100 km/h (62 mph).
As for the interior, it was meant to evoke “a modern concept of luxury” where “every single element seems to be floaty and light but at the same time strongly dynamic.” From the outside looking in though, the design of the dashboard seems quite driver-focused.
Standard equipment includes the LED taillights, the Rear Camera Mirror System (CMS), USB connectivity, sat-nav, climate control, a total of four interior displays, ambient lighting, keyless-go, a Battery Monitoring System (BMS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), ESP, ABS, TCS and Steering Assistance.
The battery of the Owl has a total output of 1,300 kW and can be charged within 80 minutes with a 44 kW system – although Aspark is working to increase the charging capability before the end of next year.
“We were the first company to present the concept of a full-electric hypercar back in 2017. We will be the first to deliver a full-electric hypercar to customers in the second quarter of 2020. And I am really proud of this,” said the company’s CEO Masanori Yoshida.
“We are not only delivering the premium level hypercars to our customers but we also take the full responsibility for after-sales, right level of warranty and full product liability. Additionally we are creating global sales and after-sales network of Aspark branded cars in order to reach our customers at the right moment and in the right place.”
The Owl will be built in Turin, Italy in collaboration with Manifattura Automobili Torino.