2019 Zenvo TSZ
A road-legal TSR maybe?by Ciprian Florea, on
Danish supercar manufacturer Zenvo, which became famous with the ST1, will unveil a new supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. Details about it are still a well-guarded secret, but the company hinted that the yet-unnamed hypercar will follow in the footsteps of the already familiar TS1 GT and TSR models. While Zenvo was quick to describe the new model as "stunning" and state that it expects "even the most demanding of hypercar enthusiasts to be delighted at this latest development," it refrained from releasing any details whatsoever. Instead, it provided a few close-ups of the vehicle’s carbon-fiber components and some info about how 13 photographers will take and unveil teaser shots up until the big unveiling.
That’s one way to do it I guess.
While the new supercar doesn’t have an official name yet, we took the liberty to christen it the TSZ. Why? Well, with the most extreme model to date called the TSR, we feel that the TSZ badge would work well for next iteration, which should take things up a notch. On the other hand, this car could have a different name altogether, so don’t get upset if the TSZ remains a fantasy car. Stick around for details; we should have more soon.
Continue reading to learn more about the Zenvo TSZ.
2019 Zenvo TSZ
Zenvo TSZ Exterior
- Likely based on TS1
- Aggressive design
- Loads of carbon-fiber
- Race-inspired livery
- Advanced aerodynamics
The new Zenvo will feature a lot of carbon-fiber in the front bumper and an aggressive splitter
Zenvo released three teaser shots of the new supercar, but all show close-ups of certain areas of the body, so it’s impossible to tell anything about the car’s overall design. What I can gather from these pictures is that it will feature a lot of carbon-fiber in the front bumper, an aggressive splitter, and some sort of carbon stripe with orange accents.
However, there’s a very big chance that the TSZ isn’t much of a mystery. Companies like Zenvo do not develop a whole lot of cars, as it would be way too expensive. Instead, they usually stick with one design for many years and just launch various upgrades. Take the Pagani Zonda for instance, which survived from 1999 to 2017 in various forms, with mild or significant upgrades, depending on the version. But the overall design and layout didn’t change. The same goes for the Koenigsegg CC series. Launched in 2002 as the CC8S, it was updated several times until the final CCXR Edition model was unveiled in 2008.
But there’s a good example right from Zenvo’s backyard. Although promoted as a new model, the TS1 was actually a revised version of the ST1, built from 2009 to 2016. Sure, it had a different engine and revised aerodynamics, but the two cars look very similar. That’s why I think that the TSZ will be an evolution of the TS1. Probably even a road-legal version of the track-only TSR. The teasers suggest a really big splitter anyway, so this new supercar could actually a slightly milder proposition to the TSR. Look for it to sport a different grille, new headlamps, less aggressive bumpers and side skirts, and a smaller rear wing.
Zenvo TSZ Interior
- Angular design cues
- State-of-the-art infotainment
- Digital instrument cluster
- Sports seats
It will probably get a few unique cues, a new upholstery configuration, and some details to set it apart
The interior of the wild TSR was heavily based on the TS1, so if this new supercar also draws cues from the original Zenvo, it should have a similar interior. Of course, it will probably get a few unique cues, a new upholstery configuration, and some details to set it apart, but it will probably be just a fancied-up TS1.
But that shouldn’t be an issue. The TS1 had a nicely crafted cabin that was more than worthy of a world-beating hypercar. Premium appointments were visible all over the place, complemented by plenty of aluminum and carbon-fiber trim. Granted, it wasn’t the craziest interior out there, but the sharp, geometric shapes made it unique. It remains to be seen what kind of updates it will get to the digital instrument cluster and the infotainment system.
Zenvo TSZ Drivetrain
- Supercharged engine
- 5.9-liter V-8
- More than 1,000 horsepower
- Seven-speed automatic
- 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds
- Top speed in excess of 233 mph
I’m pretty sure that Zenvo will use the twin-supercharged, 5.9-liter V-8 engine that it introduced with the TS1
The drivetrain is a bit of a mystery, but I’m pretty sure that Zenvo will use the twin-supercharged, 5.9-liter V-8 engine that it introduced with the TS1 in 2017. It’s unlikely for the Danish frim to revert back to the old, twin-turbo, 6.8-liter V-8. The 5.9-liter V-8 in the TS1 and TSR cranks out a whopping 1,163 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque and there’s a big chance that Zenvo will improve that in the TSZ. But not by much tough, and certainly not well above the 1,200-horsepower mark.
A seven-speed automatic operated by paddle shifts behind the steering wheel should route all that oomph to the wheels. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph should take less than 2.8 seconds, while top speed should at least match the ST1’s 233-mph benchmark. The TS1 GT is reportedly able to hit 250 mph without a limiter, but it remains to be seen is the new supercar can hit more than that. And if Zenvo will be able to prove it outside its testing facility, of course. A Torsen limited-slip differential will be included in the standard package.
Zenvo TSZ Prices
Pricing is obviously a mystery at this point, but this supercar is definitely of the "if you have to ask than you can’t afford it" variety. With the TS1 GT priced well above the $1 million mark, this new supercar could fetch close to $2 million before options.
Zenvo TSZ Competition
Supercars with more than 1,000 horsepower were pretty rare 10 years ago, but there are quite a few models you can purchase nowadays. Given you have the money and you qualify as a potential customer (with Ferrari, you have to own other models to be able to buy one), of course. The first model that comes to mind is the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which is the first on my list because it’s also built in Scandinavia. Assembled a bit farther up north in Sweden, the Agera RS is one of the most potent supercars available. However, it won’t be around for long because the Swedish automaker is building the final units as we speak. Powered by a twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8 engine, the Agera RS cranks out 1341 horsepower and holds a few world record for acceleration, braking, and top speed. The Swedish supercar is the world’s fastest since November 6, 2017, when it hit an average top speed of 277.9 mph, around 10 mph more than the previous record holder, the Bugatti Veyron. The only issue with the Agera RS is that you can’t really by it anymore with the remaining units already sold out.
Read our full review of the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS.
No 1,000+ supercar comparison is complete without the Bugatti Chiron, the successor to the already iconic Veyron. Introduced in 2016 with a significantly redesigned body and cabin, the Chiron looks like a natural evolution of the Veyron. It’s more aggressive and aerodynamic on the outside, boasts more luxury inside the cabin, while the quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W-16 engine cranks out more power. The massive mill is now rated at 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, which travels to all four-wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Chiron’s performance figures are impressive to say the least. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is achieved in 2.4 seconds, while sprinting to 186 mph takes 13.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 261 mph for safety reasons, but Bugatti believes that the Chiron will hit around 288 mph. None of the figures above have been tested or verified by an independent authority. Limited to 500 units, the Chiron is priced from nearly $3 million.
Read our full story on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.
The supercar niche isn’t as small as it used to be, but it’s still a very small market compared to mainstream classes. But even so, it’s split in even smaller niches. And Zenvo is part of the tiny segment that includes very small automakers that build cars in very limited numbers. While Koenigsegg managed to get out of it with slightly bigger production runs and more than one model, Zenvo still offers one nameplate at a time. The downside here is that the Danish firm isn’t as famous as Bugatti, for instance, but there’s more exclusivity to be had if you don’t care much about the badge. Of course, if this new supercar sets a few world records and arrives with an impressive design, Zenvo might climb a few steps of the hypercar market ladder. I guess we will find out more at the Geneva Motor Show.
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