After an excruciating teaser campaign consisting of eight short clips, the ninth (and penultimate) video finally shows some of the EV-R’s skin.
Although the “EV-R” codename would normally suggest an electric vehicle, that’s not actually the case. On the contrary, the EV-R with its monstrous biturbo 7.2-liter V8 engine is anything but an EV. It powers a hardcore version of the Evantra that will be revealed in full at the 2016 Turin Auto Show.
Even though it looks like a high-powered toy built specifically for the track, Mazzanti says the beefed-up Evantra is entirely street-legal. The EV-R is apparently the first car of its kind to makes use of the “Ala Soffiata” technique which refers to how the airflow is altered over the rear wing, but more details on this are not available at this point.
We also don’t know how much horsepower the new V8 engine churns, but at least we can tell you it generates a torquetastic 886+ pound-feet (1,200+ newton meters). Mazzanti does not provide any other info about the engine, although it could be an evolution of the naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V8 which in the Evantra was good enough for 701 hp (523 kW).
If that’s the case, output could surpass the 1,000-hp mark given the two turbochargers and the slightly increased displacement. Hennessey squeezes 1,451 hp (1,082 kW) from a biturbo 7.0-liter V8 running on E85 flex fuel, so look for a horsepower number with four digits.
In terms of performance, the EV-R rockets from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in only 2.7 seconds which puts it in the same league as the Holy Trinity (LaFerrari, P1, 918 Spyder). It actually has a much higher top speed than the three sold-out electrified hypercars, being able to top out at 248 mph (400 kph), at least that’s what Mazzanti is promising.
Check back on June 8 when the car will be revealed in full during the first day of the Turin Auto Show.