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Gumpert Apollo

Gumpert Apollo German supercar

Roland Gumpert - the Apollo's developer - had been Audi's 'Director of Motorsport'. So, he knew a bit about engineering! Visually, a bit of a 'hotchpotch' of squares and rectangles, many a supercar is easier on the eye. Few, though, can live with it, technically. The Apollo is certainly a masterpiece - but more one of cutting edge science!

Having said that, its layout is far from radical. The two-seater, mid-engined, rear-wheel drive set-up is par for the supercar course. But the Apollo wrings every last drop out of it! Its tubular frame is rock-solid. The fibre-glass bodywork is light as a feather. Suspension is double wishbone all round - and the dampers fully adjustable. They are joined inboard by 6-piston ventilated disc brakes. And the Apollo is nothing, if not aerodynamic. As well as its wind-cheating shape, it sports a subtle rear spoiler. Beneath, sits a finely-hewn undertray. Within it, two venturis stretch the length of the car - delivering huge dollops of downforce. The Apollo's engine is equally impressive. The turbo-charged 4.2-litre Audi V8 gives gut-wrenching performance. Enough to reach 220mph! 0-60 appears in just 3.0s.

The Apollo, though, has a more docile side. Controls are power-assisted. The V8 grunt is manageable. Cruising is a breeze, compared with many a highly-strung rival. The roomy cabin is relaxing. Four-point safety harnesses are standard. In many ways, the Gumpert Apollo is a real-world runabout ... albeit one in a space-age skin!

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