For all the financial troubles Gumpert went through for the past a few years, one thing that hasn’t changed is the company’s ability to create, develop and build sports cars . We already know what Gumpert is capable of, thanks to its lineup of mind-bending Apollo models, but during the Geneva Motor Show, the company went with a new twist, introducing the new Gumpert Explosion that’s not quite at the Apollo’s performance level, but is a little more attainable for those who can’t spend $1 million on a car.
The Gumpert Explosion is named specifically to distinguish it from the big boys in the lineup. By sheer looks, it’s already different from the devastatingly fast Apollo and while its specs are also significantly lower than the Apollo, the Explosion does carry the appeal of being an "affordable" Gumpert.
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Unlike the mid-engined Apollo, which was designed with track performance in mind, hence the low ground clearance and the massive rear wings, the Explosion is a little more of a conventional sports coupe in terms of its dimensions.
The front end looks incredible, specifically how Gumpert was able to integrate the bumpers with the pair of large intakes on both sides of the fascia. Distinctive-looking headlights, and a tier-like hood add to the visual appeal of the Explosion, while the rear end gets a similar airflow-centric design.
The car’s front looks completely flat when viewed from the sides, but the face of the Explosion speaks to how sporty and aggressive this coupe is when unleashed on the road.
The interior of the Explosion won’t wow anybody, but it does come in a black-red, two-tone leather finish that can be seen as a continuation of the its exterior colors. Everything also looks to be in the right place, although a quick glance at the center console made us wonder if Gumpert is offering an infotainment system as an added option. Without that, the cabin looks nowhere near as awesome as the exterior design of the sports car.
The Gumpert Explosion carries a 2.0-liter, turbocharge four-cylinder engine, which may seem a little small for the automaker, but its 420 horsepower at 6,540 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,550 rpm quickly negate that thought. The engine is mated to either a six-cog, paddle-shifted auto or a six-speed manual, and power heads out to all four wheels.Gumpert stopped short of giving up the top speed numbers, but considering that the Explosion can reach 60 mph in just three seconds, we sense a peak speed of somewhere around 185 mph.
2014 Gumpert Explosion - Drivetrain Specifications
|Horsepower||420 HP @ 6,540 RPM|
|Torque||383 LBS-FT @ 4,550 RPM|
|Transmission||Six-speed paddle-shift auto or six-speed manual|
|Acceleration (0-60 mph)||3 Seconds|
Gumpert is planning a first run of Explosion models for later this year at a price of €105,000 ($145,000), far more affordable than the Apollo.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is powered by a V-8 engine that delivers a total of 430 horsepower at 7,300 rpm and 361 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a Sportshift II, close-ratio, seven-speed automated manual transmission.
The V8 Vantage S is priced at $142,000.
Gallery Aston Martin Vantage
The Maserati GranTurismo S gets a 4.7-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 460 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. When it comes to its looks, both the Gran Turismo S and the Explosion have unique styling traits to themselves, with each featuring a sporty and aggressive stance while maintaining a unique appearance.
The Maserati GranTurismo S is priced at around $126,000.
Gallery Maserati Granturismo Sport
The Gumpert Explosion gets high marks for looking like an absolute stud. That and the impressive powertrain gives us reason to hope that Gumpert’s financial difficulties are finally behind it. The interior needs some work, however, especially if it wants to compete with the likes of the Vantage and the GranTurismo. But overall, the Explosion is everything its name suggests: an explosive new ride from the company that knows what its doing.
- More affordable than the Apollo
- Still packs power
- Unique design
- How limited is it going to be?
- More staple competitors
Gallery Gumpert Explosion
It is the advent of a new sports car, set to be premiered at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. In this Roland Gumpert is continuing a never-ending story, one that so often provides moments in which we are left amazed and astounded. One of these moments is called explosion, and it is here and now.
In this two-seater sports car, Roland Gumpert satisfi es the expectations of all those who believe that this kind of car is madness. And it’s true. But this time it is
not about a racing sport as a fl ipped-over airplane on wheels, even if the GUMPERT explosion would be more than capable of zipping round the circuit. It is far more serious. A car with 4-wheel drive, distributingits 420 hp and a torque of 520Nm over all four wheels. A start like a catapult, banging on the door of 0 to 100 km/h inside of 3.0 seconds. These values have more in common with motorbikes. And it comes as no surprise that a ‘3’ is fi rst in line when it comes to maximum speed. Given
its components, the purpose of this car’s manufacture is the sole logical, reasonable conclusion: the thrill of driving with positive and negative acceleration values
otherwise seen only in the confi nes of racing sport. And yet it is entirely a GUMPERT – built for the road. It doesn’t take long to work out where this car feels most comfortable, seemingly suggesting winding roads, mountains and coastlines. We can fairly assume that GUMPERT explosion is one of those cars whose brake lights disappear from our fi eld of vision as if they were never there.
These values are delivered based on Gumpert’s typical consistently rigid, light-weight construction using a tubular frame and bodywork made of a carbon, glass fi bre-reinforced plastic and aluminium mix. The communal pool of ideas by young engineers and designers, combined with Roland Gumpert’s racing sport experience and uncompromising style, were also preserved. The designer Martin Frank is responsible for the fi ne lines on the GUMPERT explosion.
What is presented here is the fi rst preseries model to be fi nished; the handcrafted work involved in series production, along with individual manufacture, has already commenced. The first models in the premiere series are planned for this year. Starting at a new price of €105,000, the sports car delivers what a large swathe of motor sports enthusiasts are looking for. “We want to convey to all those drivers who love motor sports what it feels like to sit behind the wheel of a rally car”, says Roland Gumpert.