2016 Artega Scalo
Recent reports that Artega Automobile may return to the market came true at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, where the German brand unveiled its latest sports car. But unlike its predecessor, the GT, this new vehicle, which is dubbed Scalo, is an all-electric sports car.
Heavily based on the GT as far as styling goes, the Scalo was developed in cooperation with auto electronics manufacturer Paragon AG, the company which purchased the bankrupt automaker in 2012.
Founded in 2006, Artega showcased its first prototype at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and commenced production of the GT in 2008. Powered by a Volkswagen- sourced V-6 rated at 296 horsepower, it was praised for its good handling and excellent performance. Also in 2008, Artega announced it was investing in a possible solar-powered concept vehicle to compete with the Tesla Roadster. Artega eventually showcased an electric version of the GT, called the SE (Sports Electric), but the EV never made it on the assembly line due to financial problems.
Three years have passed since Paragon AG put an end to the Artega GT, and the brand is back in business with promises that the Scalo will go on sale in 2016.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Artega Scalo.
2016 Artega Scalo
Horsepower @ RPM:402
Torque @ RPM:575
0-60 time:3.6 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:155 mph
The exterior design of the Scalo is heavily based on the Artega GT’s, which was created nearly a decade ago with help from Henrik Fisker, the man behind the original Fisker Karma and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, among several other vehicles. But even though the overall shape and size of the Scalo are identical to the GT’s, there are quite a few improvements to talk about.
The original taillights of the GT have been replaced by round, Ferrari-style units
The front bumper is redesigned to include slightly smaller air vents, as well as a pair of canards for improved aerodynamics. The headlamps also feature updated LED technology. More changes are noticeable around back, where the sports car received an automatic, electrically adjustable spoiler with both gurney-style and extendable flaps. The original taillights of the GT have been replaced by round, Ferrari-style units. The main fascia is also new, replacing the previous mesh, as is the redesigned diffuser. Although it is powered by an electric motor, the Scalo comes with a pair of large exhaust tips. You definitely don’t see that on an EV too often!
From the sides, the Scalo seems pretty much identical to the GT, save for the new 20-inch wheels, the slightly revised rear fender vents, and reshaped side mirrors.
The new body is made from polyurethane and carbon-fiber, which helped Artega keep the car’s curb weight to 3,494 pounds. Granted, the Scalo about 1,000 pounds heavier than the GT, but most of the added weight comes from the battery pack and all that new technology. The sports car is finished in a metallic copper color with light-green accents front and rear.
Finally, the Scalo is also equipped with a device that creates a synthetic engine sound inside and out for those who don’t fancy the quietness of electric cars. The device will also act as a safety feature, as pedestrians will be able to hear the Scalo approaching from a far.
Unlike the exterior, the interior of the Scalo has been completely redesigned compared to the GT. There’s a new dashboard with round A/C vents, a digital instrument panel, and a flowing center console that includes a curved OLED display with Apple CarPlay on top and in-vehicle information on the bottom. The multi-function steering wheel has gesture control, while the driver’s seat belt have integrated microphones for better hands-free calls and voice control. Other features include a wireless device connection and charging system, and an 800-watt, 13-speaker audio system by Paragon.
The multi-function steering wheel has gesture control
The fancy curved display in the center console is still a prototype at this point, but Artega says it will be ready for production in 2016.
The interior is finish in three distinct colors. There’s a darker shade of brown and two shades of green, as well as copper accents on the door panels and the steering wheel. Artega says the interior was specifically created with an oxidized copper look to complement the exterior’s metallic copper theme.
Motivation for the Scalo comes from two synchronous, water-cooled, high-performance electric motors built by Voltabox using "technology from aerospace," according to Artega. The motors take their juice from a 37 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack backed up by nickel-manganese-cobalt supercapacitor banks.
Artega claims that the Scalo can travel up to 250 miles on a single charge
Output sits at 402 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, allowing the Scalo to charge from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Top speed is limited at 155 mph. Though it’s less powerful than the all-wheel-drive Model S 85D and 90D, as well as the rear-wheel-drive P85, it has more torque than all three. As a result, it’s significantly quicker from 0 to 60 mph than all Model S version but the all-wheel-drive P85D and P90D.
And it’s not just the performance figures that are impressive. Artega also claims that the Scalo can travel up to 250 miles on a single charge – a mileage that’s very competitive compared to Tesla’s range-topping models, which deliver up to 270 miles. Moreover, its 64-kW DC quick charger allows it to recharges in less than an hour. For reference, Tesla’s Supercharger stations will fully charge a nearly empty 85-kWh battery in approximately the same amount of time.
|Type||Two Voltabox high-performance electrical motors|
|Total Output||402 HP|
|Total Torque||575 LB-FT|
|0 - 60 mph||3.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
Artega has yet to release details about the Scalo’s safety systems, but more info should become available before production beings in 2016.
The Artega Scalo will go on sale in Europe priced at €170,000 (about $192,000). Only 12 units will be built at first. The electric sports car is scheduled to go on sale in 2016. Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether Artega is also working on an U.S.-spec model.
The newly revived Detroit Electric uses the same formula applied by Tesla for the original Roadster, by cramming an electric drivetrain into a Lotus Elise. Packed with modern convenience features, the SP:01 uses a 120-kW motor and a 37-kWh battery to move about. Two versions are offered. A 204-horsepower model that will get to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds using a single-speed transmission and a 286-horsepower variant equipped with a manual gearbox. The latter needs only 3.7 ticks to hit 60 mph, making it nearly as quick as the Scalo. Pricing for the SP:01 starts from $135,000.
Read more about the Detroit Electric SP:01 here.
While it no longer offers a two-door sports car, Tesla is working to revive the Roadster by the end of the decade. Unlike the first-gen model, the upcoming Roadster won’t be based on the Elise, meaning it will get its very own styling like inspired by Tesla’s current lineup. Expect the new Roadster to borrow propulsion technology from the Model S and look for ludicrous performance. While the most powerful Model S can now hit 60 mph from a standing start in 2.8 seconds, the new Roadster should be quicker than that and rival supercars such as the Bugatti Veyron and Porsche 918 Spyder.
Find out more about the Tesla Roadster here.
The Artega Scalo looks brilliant on paper, but judging by the company’s recent past and other similar projects that came out of nowhere, I’m not getting my hopes up about a production car until I actually see one roll off the assembly line. Although the EV market continues to expand, very few ventures actually manage to turn a prototype into a mass-produced car, especially when the goal is to give Tesla a run for its money. It remains to be seen whether the Scalo will succeed or not, but Artega will need more than just 12 units to make an impact in today’s automotive environment.