Cars

The "Affordable" Russian Oligarch Supercar

German tuner-slash-carmaker Gumpert is no stranger to avant-garde style, with the absolutely insane Apollo leading the way as a nearly 700 hp, street legal race car. Now, they're bringing their offbeat design to a more reasonable price level, with the $140,000 Explosion ready to hit the road and let you do all sorts of nasty/fun things in it, like hitting 60 mph in just a tick over 3.0 seconds.

Gumpert was founded by the guy who headed up Audi's motorsport program back when they were building the best rally cars in the world, so it's not surprising that this car was designed to convey "what it feels like to sit behind the wheel of a rally car." As such, it's made out of almost nothing but carbon fiber and aluminum, to help keep rigidity high and weight down.

The engine's only two liters, but it's still putting out nearly 420 hp, and an Explosion S version will bump that number to north of 500 hp. Like Audi heritage from which this car springs, it's got all wheel drive, so very little of that power will get converted to tire smoke unless you're trying. The design? The lines flow about as smoothly as the name Gumpert rolls off the tongue, but that's not going to matter one little bit when you get the chance to drive this beast down a damp one lane road in the middle of a forest.


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He sometimes thinks vehicular looks are overrated, so long as the engineering is sound, and you can follow him on Twitter.