Gumpert Apollo S 

  • $341k built in Germany
  • 2005
  • 641 HP 4.2L
  • 223 mph
As far as we were concerned, the fact that the clutch worked as well as it did and was really no more fussy than on some other highly tuned cars that can't be raced, was impressive.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)
Fitted with the quietest of three exhaust options, this particular Apollo starts with a muted rumble, an assortment of zizzes, whirrs and chatters providing a suitably businesslike mechanical accompaniment.
by EVO

Road Tests Real world tests of the Gumpert Apollo

0-60mph

Apollo S
3.1 s

Top speed

Apollo S
223 mph
McLaren F1
242 mph

1/4 mile

Apollo S
10.7 s

Data points Key details of the Gumpert Apollo

Price

Apollo S
$341k
McLaren P1
$1.2M
918 Spyder
$1.006M

Horsepower

Apollo S
641 HP
McLaren P1
903 HP
918 Spyder
887 HP

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

Base ratings are 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, stepping up to 750 hp and 664 lb-ft for the Apollo S and topping off at 850 hp and 701 lb-ft on the race-track-only Apollo R. On top of that engine is a little trunk, large enough for a carry-on bag and a few sundries.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)
The car was meant to "distinguish itself by means of its phenomenal driving performance and the best possible aerodynamics" using "the best technology, the best engineering and car knowledge.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)
The S version of the Gumpert Apollo has only been beat at the Nürburgring and the Top Gear track by the Radical SR8, the Caparo T1 and the Ultima GTR.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)

Powertrain

Buyers can spec their own transmission ratios, and further assistance in making use of them is provided by the adjustable traction control system.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)
Behind the rear bulkhead is a center-mounted, 31.7-gallon gas tank, and behind that is the lightweight aluminum engine block.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)
Quickly survey the cabin and note two-tone cross-stitched leather and Walter Rohrl's autograph, the Audi steering column stalks and electric mirror controls, the Audi vents that will soon be bathing you in cold air and the minimal, yet pleasingly, leather-wrapped center console with boost, gas, oil gauges, power window switches (the windows go almost completely down), a dial and screen to adjust the traction control.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)

Engine

Hit the gas on the Apollo, on the other hand, and it uses that first half second to take off running – really, really quickly – but you can feel every bit of momentum gained as the turbos quietly whine and progressively feed the V8 heart.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)
The four turbos in the Bugatti Veyron spend a half second inhaling a tenth of the Earth's atmosphere and then they vaporize the car, Quantum Leap-like, to your desired speed.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)
Using a twin-turbocharged version of Audi’s 4.2-litre 90-degree V8 – complete with lightweight internals – and mated to a six-speed sequential transmission, the Apollo is available in three versions: Apollo, Apollo S (for Sport), and Apollo R (for Race).
by EVO

Handling

Even though it scored a 1 out of 10 for wet handling and was hobbled by a 4 out of 10 for everyday practicality (don't even get us started on that nonsense), it came in third in the overall.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)
The suspension isn’t supple like a Zonda’s but it yields j-u-s-t enough to round the sharpest edges off road imperfections for it to work.
by EVO
The steering is both light and linear, the front end responding directly but with encouraging feel.
by EVO

Interior

The frame is wrapped around a chrome-moly passenger compartment that's further reinforced by a carbon fiber tub and a carbon fiber crashbox in front, allowing it to be certified by the FIA for a number of sportscar series.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)
Once in, you’ll note how small the cockpit is, and that the seat, or at least what passes for a seat, is in fact a strategically padded shell fixed directly to the firewall.
by EVO
The rest gets sent through body's interior air channels that send cool, refreshing breezes to the radiators flanking the front wheels, in front of the rear wheels and the brakes.
by AutoBlog (May, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Gumpert
Price $340,600
Type of car Production car
Year 2005

design

Chief designer Roland Gumpert
Chief engineer Roland Gumpert
Body style Coupe
Top type Hard fixed

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 2.87:1
  2. 2: 1.77:1
  3. 3: 1.26:1
  4. 4: 1:1
  5. 5: 0.83:1
  6. 6: 0.71:1
Axle ratio 4.09:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone, Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone, Independent
Front brakes 14.96 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 14.96 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheels 483/? 254
Rear wheels 483/? 330

road tests

Top speed 223 mph
1/4 mile 10.7 s
0-60mph 3.1 s
0-200kph 8.9 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 3.78 lb/hp
Maximum hp 641 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 627 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max RPM 7,500 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Engine make Audi V8
Displacement 4,163 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor Twin turbocharger
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 8.8:1
Bore/stroke 3.33 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 5 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,420 lb
Width 78.5 in
Height 43.5 in
Length 175.6 in
Front track width 65.7 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in
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