A new supercar was recently revealed Genty Automobile and it true to its boastful teasers, the car, called the Akylone, is promising a whole lot of performance capabilities.
Whether it lives up to its promise or not is still a matter of conjecture.
Genty Automobile is an independent French design company that seeks to produce high performance vehicles that go back to the basics of optimum power encased in a lightweight design. Their first offering is the Akylone, a supercar Genty is claiming to be a serious threat in the industry’s uber-competitive "supercar arms-race".
Despite being officially revealed, the Akylone appears to still be far from a finished product, which is a real bummer considering that we were expecting much more than just CAD renderings.
Nevertheless, new supercars are always worth their time on these pages, and it’s going to be very interesting how Genty follows up their official unveiling of the Akylone. Hopefully, we’ll get to see a live one up close real soon.
Updated 10/18/2011: This review has been updated with the official details, specs and images. Find out more about the Genty Akylone after the jump.
Exterior and Interior
Design-wise, the Akylone looks and resembles what you’d expect from a start-up supercar. It comes plush with expensive materials - carbon fiber and aluminum, among them - to go with a swooping front fascia, a steeply raked roofline, a pair of scissor doors, an enormous rear diffuser, and all the bells and whistles - like LED daytime running lights - of a concept supercar.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Akylone doesn’t appear to be finished yet, although you could make out a few elements that you’d expect to be in the final version, including the sports seats, an elaborate infotainment system, and a wide center console.
The Akylone is powered by a 4.8-liter V8 engine that produces in excess of 1,000 horsepower and 940 lb/ft of torque while being connected to a seven-speed sequential transmission.
The numbers translate to the Akylone hitting 0-62 mph in just 2.7 seconds, 0-124 mph in 7.2 seconds, and 0-183 mph in 14 seconds, a time that is 0.6 seconds faster than the current king of production cars, the Veyron Super Sport .
As for top speed? Genty is looking at 220 mph, which is far from the Veyron Super Sport’s 267-mph top speed, but still worth its weight in supercar figures.
No word yet on how much an Akylone will cost. Genty is targeting around 15 models being built in its factory in France with one set to be displayed at the Paris Motor Show next year.
Genty Automobile has made its intentions known as to who its targeting in the industry. Whether or not it can give the Bugatti Veyron a serious run for its money will all depend on how its testing and development goes over the next few months. It’s easy to talk a big game now, but if you only have numbers and CAD renderings to back up your words, well, that certainly doesn’t mean a whole lot unless the Akylone’s bite is as threatening as Genty Automobile’s bark.
1,000-horsepower engine will catch your attention
Looks a little blah
No live car shown yet
Pricing could be steep. Very steep.