Thursday, February 25, 2010

Audi R8-based, 750 hp Hispano-Suiza Supercar to debut at Geneva

. Thursday, February 25, 2010

In an effort to revive the Spanish-Swiss luxury automaker of the '20s and '30s; Hispano-Suiza is planning a return to automaking (at least in name) with the debut of the Audi R8-based supercar at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The Hispano-Suiza supercar is said to produce 750 horsepower from the Audi 5.2 FSI V10 and carry a price tag of nearly $1 million.

At first glance, it's obvious that this car shares more than an engine with the Audi R8 5.2 FSI. Styling consists of an exaggerated, eclectic mix of lines reminiscent of both the R8 and E-Tron. Of course, the car does have a certain Mediterranean supercar "flair" to help differentiate itself from those carrying a four-ringed emblem.

In addition to the 750 horsepower car, Hispano Suiza is reportedly building a 900 horsepower hybrid version, featuring a 150 hp electric motor powering the front wheels in addition to the supercharged 750 hp V10 at the rear. During city driving, the Hybrid will run entirely on the electric motor.

Performance figures are impressive, but not worthy of a $943k supercar price tag. The 750 horsepower, Hispano Suiza V10 should run from 0-100kmh (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, reaching a top speed of 330 kmh (205.5 mph).

Is it cool? Sure, but it's no Veyron.

Specifications Hispano Suiza V10 - Supercharged V10, direct, compressor • Displacement 5204 cm3 • Power 551 kW (750 hp) at 8200/min • Max. Torque 700 Nm at 6650/min • • all-wheel drive six-speed gearbox • length / width / height 4940/2064/1250 mm • Net weight 1590 kg • 0-100 km / h in 3,4 s • Top speed over 330 km / h • consumption of 13.5 l/100 km • CO2 348 g / km • Price from 700,000 euros

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