Genty Automobile is a design company and is planning to step-in into the league of exotic high-performing supercars. The first vehicle to carry the Genty badge will be the Akylone , and the company is burning the midnight oil to make it a reality. Genty bolted a V-8 engine developed in-house, allowing the manufacturer to customize the engine and its output as it feels.
Two years after Genty Automobile introduced the Akylone in virtual form, the France based start-up company has revealed an updated version of the supercar with even more efficacious performance figures. Genty built the supercar around an idea of delivering a great power-to-weight ratio to compete with other supercars on the market, and the new breed of hybrid engines that are powering the futuristic hypercars.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Genty Akylone.
The swooping bonnet with strong creases and big headlamps with daytime running lamps make the Akylone look the part of a current-generation of supercars.
Even though a computer spit out there images, the Genty Akylone looks like a blend of many supercars available in the market. The front has all the elements that a supercar should have. The swooping bonnet with strong creases and big headlamps with daytime running lamps make the Akylone look the part of a current-generation of supercars.
With a low power-to-weight ratio its goal, Genty used lots of expensive material including carbon fiber and aluminum. The strong roofline and side-view of the Akylone makes it worth a look. There is a huge rear diffuser to attract more eyeballs but it seems Genty did not made the car of appealing design, but for power-to-weight ratio as mentioned earlier. The car also features a pair of scissor-doors but the overall look is not impressive.
|Overall width||87 inch|
|Front axle||69.49 inch|
|Rear axle||66.73 inch|
|Dry weight||2429 lbs|
|Weight distribution F/R||42/58 %|
The interior is plush but it seems that Genty is still working the inside of the vehicle. There is a huge display on the middle, which is likely touch-sensitive, and a console behind the steering wheel that we expect to display information from different driving modes. Being a design company, we expect some exclusive things from Genty’s first car.
The twin turbo, 6.0-liter, V-8 engine produces a more than 1,200 horsepower with torque of 861 pound-feet.
Genty decided not to take any chance and designed its own engine. The twin turbo, 6.0-liter, V-8 engine produces a more than 1,200 horsepower with torque of 861 pound-feet. The rear wheels receive the power via a six-speed sequential gearbox that also features paddle shifter behind the steering wheel.
Genty has managed to restrict the weight to just 2,429 pounds (1,100 kg) in a 42-to-58 front-to-rear ratio for better control. Genty is not offering all-wheel-drive yet, but do not be shocked to see one arrive at some point.
|Engine location||Middle-Mounted, Longitudinal|
|Displacement||366 Cubic Inches|
|Output (HP @ RPM||> 1,200 HP @ 7,300|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||861 @ 7000 rpm)|
|Top speed||220 MPH|
|¼ miles||9.8 seconds|
There is no price yet, but rest assured, the model will be exclusive with only 15 coupe versions and 10 roadsters in Genty’s plan. With something so rare, Genty would conveniently put a huge price-tag on it.
The limited-edition hybrid supercar from Ferrari is one of the competitors that we consider a rival to the Akylone’s performance. The LaFerrari features a 6.3-liter V-12 with an electric motor mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The car weighs around the same weight as the Akylone and has a lethal power-to-weight ratio too!
All said, the LaFerrari sprints to 60 mph in around 2.7 seconds, tops out at over 217 mph and we expect it to cost a ton. The only hang up is that name... "The Ferrari" ugh...
Gallery Ferrari LaFerrari
The Veyron has been in this game since 2005. If Genty Akylone manages to consummate all the figures they have showed on paper, it would give the mighty Bugatti a run for its money. The Veyron carries an 8.0-liter, W-16 engine producing a maximum of 1,184 horsepower. This massive powerhouse allows the jelly bean-mobile to hit highway speeds in just 2.7 seconds and top out at 252 mph.
For this power and "unique" look, the Veyron will relive your bank account of around $1.9 million dollars.
Gallery Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
Being a startup company, Genty should have made the overall design a little more aggressive. The current design seems to be cut-copy-paste from supercars already in the market. Even though Genty has surely left no stone unturned to extract the amazing power-to-weight figure, it would have been more inviting to see the car in a better form visually.
Because Gentry limited it to a small production number, we do expect a massive price tag on the Akylone, but it will be competitive with its rival in the pricing department.
Many startup manufacturers have come and gone but it seems that Genty is determined to succeed in this market for a long time. Only time will tell if this small fish can survive in a big pond with even bigger fish.
- In-house developed engine
- Lightweight body and chassis
- Great performance
- A bit of a copycat on the outside
- Limited numbers
- Only computer rendering thus far