Gumpert celebrated two world premieres at the Geneva Motor Show today with the purebred Apollo R race car and the street legal Apollo Enraged special edition.

Gumpert celebrated two world premieres at the Geneva Motor Show today with the purebred Apollo R race car and the street legal Apollo Enraged special edition.

According to Roland Gumpert, demand from Asia has prompted the company to offer a pure race car in addition to the street legal Apollo and Apollo S models. He says in a statement, "Many of our customers are driving their apollo on the racecourse, usually during track days or private events. With the Apollo R, we allow ambitious drivers among them to participate in open GT events."

The Gumpert Apollo R features an Audi sourced 4.2-liter V8 twin-turbo engine producing 860 HP (633 kW / 848 bhp). Typically, this engine in its standard configuration produces 650 HP (478 kW / 641 bhp). Gumpert has conjured the additional power with a higher charging pressure, ignition and control time adjustments, optimization of the intake air ducts and a special racing exhaust system.

With the expectations of the Asian market and the associated high ambiant temperatures, the engine and transmission cooling system was also enhanced. The spur-toothed dog ring transmission is controlled by rocker switches on the steering wheel but without a clutch pedal. A central digital dashboard supplies the driver with essential information. Otherwise all frills were removed from the interior of the Apollo R.

Additionally, numerous changes were made on milled parts, the wiring harness and undercarriage, as well as eliminating comfort components such as the boot allowed the charge weight (empty tank) to be reduced to 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs).

The limited special edition Apollo Enraged is defined by a designer paintjob and foils plus German flag design embroidery on the seat and headrest. The digital LCD instrument panel is the most noticeable special feature on the interior.

"Ok, so perhaps it is a bit crazy to take the most extreme, barely still street legal vehicle and make it even more extreme," says Gumpert about the special edition. "But the idea behind the Enraged, just like the Apollo R itself, embodies our philosophy and our understanding of pure German speed with absolute consistency."

Gumpert intends to prove just how well, or how fast, the two vehicles actually realize this philosophy with another record time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit this year.

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