• 2020 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is out!
  • The Logo, flanked with wing-like elements, looks similar to Bentley’s emblem
  • The moniker in a stylized font
  • Exposed carbon fiber looks posh and is sealed with a clear coat
  • The copper shade borders on the grille will draw polarizing opinions
  • The seats with integrated headrests have ‘Boulogne’ stitched on to them
  • The cabin is a mix of suede, Alcantara, and a lot of copper-color material
  • The Ferrari-esque taillights have interesting details within them
  • ‘Boulogne’ inscribed on the door sills

An electric hypercar that makes 1,100 horses and the same torque as the Bugatti Chiron

Hispano Suiza is back again at the Geneva Motor Show (well, not exactly, but you get the gist) with a motorsport-inspired iteration of its existing Carmen, called Carmen Boulogne.

This electric hypercar is a pumped-up version of the Carmen that was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Carmen Boulogne is lighter than the standard Carmen and produces 1,100 horses. Hispano Suiza said that it will build only five examples and as expected, the price will run in the millions.

Hispano Suiza Is Older Than Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, and Bugatti

2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
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The Logo, flanked with wing-like elements, looks similar to Bentley’s emblem

The Hispano Suiza entered the automotive fray back in 1900. It was known to be one of the most luxurious marques in its time, giving stiff competition to Bugatti and Rolls-Royce. Hispano Suiza Cars made a comeback at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show after more than 70 years.

In case you got confused, yes, there are two companies named ‘Hispano Suiza’ in the auto industry. One is Hispano Suiza Cars, subsidiary of a Spanish conglomerate called Grup Peralada that is primarily into the food and leisure business - the Carmen is this company’s product. The other company is called the Hispano Suiza Automobilmanufaktur AG, which launched the Maguari HS1 GTC at last year’s Geneva Show.

The Carbon Fiber Monocoque Looks Swell

2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
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The moniker in a stylized font
In terms of aesthetics, the Carmen Boulogne looks like a full-fledged hypercar with a low stance and a lot of curves and shapes all over.

While the face looks alright, the honeycomb grille looks out of place because of the thick copper-colored borders. The Bentley-esque logo is placed here along with “Hispano Suiza” lettering. That’s a neat touch because people are largely unfamiliar with the brand. There is exposed carbon fiber with a gloss clear coat over the top as well. The round taillights are a carbon copy of the ones used by some Ferraris and a layman might confuse the Carmen Boulogne from the rear with a Ferrari 458 Italia.

2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Interior
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The cabin is a mix of suede, Alcantara, and a lot of copper-color material

On the inside, the Carmen Boulogne looks plush and premium. Unlike the Carmen, the Boulogne doesn’t feature wood trims; instead, it comes with suede or black Alcantara. Even the seats are made of carbon fiber composites. The flat-bottom steering wheel looks swell and even features a couple of buttons. A 10.1-inch touchscreen system takes care of the infotainment needs. The race seats with integrated headrests are embroidered with “Boulogne” in a stylized font.

1,100 Horses At Your Disposal

2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
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The Ferrari-esque taillights have interesting details within them

The Carmen Boulogne is a follow-up car to the standard Carmen.

The Carmen Boulogne features the same dual-motor electric powertrain as the Carmen – one motor on each of the rear wheels - but churns out 95 extra horses.

It also features a torque vectoring system.

The hypercar produces 1,100 horses and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. To put things into perspective, the torque figure is the same as the Bugatti Chiron. The Carmen Boulogne can sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in 2.6 seconds, before topping out at 180 mph. The standard Carmen’s top speed was electronically-limited to 155 mph.

The Range Is Similar To The BMW i4’s

2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
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Exposed carbon fiber looks posh and is sealed with a clear coat

The Carmen Boulogne comes with an 80-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack placed in a T-shape in the center of the car and behind the seats. The powertrain and battery were liquid-cooled by three radiators placed in the front of the car. The company claims a range of over 249 miles on a full charge. Hispano Suiza also says that the battery can be charged from 30- to 80-percent in 30 minutes using a fast charger.

The Carmen itself was a lightweight vehicle with a carbon fiber monocoque, but the company has managed to reduce the weight on the Boulogne by some 132 pounds.

This comes courtesy of revised suspension components, a new sub-chassis, and a carbon roof. Speaking of the chassis, the company has tweaked it and claims that it delivers “exceptional dynamics”. The Carmen Boulogne’s drag coefficient is lower than that of the Porsche Spyder, Ferrari F12, and Koenigsegg Agera R.

Conclusion

2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
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The moniker in a stylized font
Hispano Suiza will be building just five examples of the Carmen Boulogne, thus making it an ultra-exclusive EV hypercar.

The car is priced at €1.65 million, which is approximately $1.84 million, and about $120,000 more than the standard Carmen. Deliveries are set to begin in 2022.

2020 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne specifications
Body type 2 doors, 2 seats, Grand Tourer
Top speed 290km/h
Cd 0.325
Mileage (NEDC) ≥400km
Energy consumption <24.0kWh/100km
Gradeability ≥30º
Turning radius 12.5m
Length 4733mm
Width 2040mm
Height @ 100mm 1242mm
Wheelbase 2800mm
Kerb weight 1630kg
GVW front load ratio 40%
0-100km/h acceleration      <2.6s
Driving modes (Sport, Eco, Comfort)
Motor and transmission  
Type PMSM
Cooling Liquid cooled
Controller SiC Mosfet
Layout 2 x rear (410kW)
Maximum power 820kW (1114PS)
Maximum torque 1,600Nm from 0-6500rpm
2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
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2020 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is out!
2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
- image 890189
The Logo, flanked with wing-like elements, looks similar to Bentley’s emblem
2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
- image 890309
The moniker in a stylized font
2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
- image 890190
Exposed carbon fiber looks posh and is sealed with a clear coat
2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
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The copper shade borders on the grille will draw polarizing opinions
2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Interior
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The seats with integrated headrests have ‘Boulogne’ stitched on to them
2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Interior
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The cabin is a mix of suede, Alcantara, and a lot of copper-color material
2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Exterior
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The Ferrari-esque taillights have interesting details within them
2022 Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Interior
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‘Boulogne’ inscribed on the door sills
Sidd Dhimaan
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