The site GTSpirit has learnt that the late Gumpert, the German carmaker responsible for the Apollo, will be resurrected by a group of investor. All of them are clients of SPS Automotive Performance, a Hong Kong exotic car workshop, what makes us believe most of the investors live there. And they want to mark the company’s comeback at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but it is not clear if they are going to show anything new.
The Gumpert Apollo has been the only car produced by the company. It was powered by an Audi 4.2 V8 twin-turbocharged engine that could produce 478 kW, in its most tamed version, and 588 kW in its racing version. The car was extremely light, with weights varying from 1,100 kg to 1,200 kg and its body was 4,46 m long, 2 m wide, 1,11 m tall and had a wheelbase of 2,70 m.
It was a two-seater mid-engine coupé. The production of this car could be resumed, but there are other options.
The Tornante was created by the studio Touring Superleggera over the Apollo, so it is a very good-looking supercar. Its name, ironically, means “the one that is getting back”, as well as hairpin bend, but it was presented in 2011, little before the company was put into administration.
The Explosion, presented at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, is a smaller vehicle equipped with a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder engine also supplied by Audi that delivers 313 kW. And its name is self-explanatory. Gumpert indeed went bust after the Explosion.
We are not sure which of these models will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show next year, but we are sure it should be renamed. And it should be called Phoenix.