The Apollo IE’s engine sounds amazing in this latest video.
Do you like your supercars a little bonkers? Would you take a Pagani Zonda over an Audi R8 any day of the week? Then the Apollo IE might just be the supercar for you.
Revealed in October of 2017, the IE is Apollo’s first new car since making the Gumpert 14 years ago. It might have taken them nearly a decade and a half for their follow-up album, but it sounds like it was worth the wait.
In the latest video posted to 19Bozzy92’s YouTube page, we get a glimpse of the IE in action. IE, by the way, stands for “Intensa Emozione”, or Intense Emotion in Italian. Because everything sounds better when it’s in Italian.
The IE’s massive V12 is just capable of so much noise it almost boggles the mind. There’s a distinctive V12 scream that’s reminiscent of a Lamborghini, but once the engine stops revving it starts to produce such insane crackling it’s like listening to a popcorn kettle. This engine runs rich with a capital R.
This all apparently took place at a private airstrip during the 2018 Supercar Owners Club weekend in Switzerland. You get the sense that the Apollo probably could have raced even faster had the runway been just a smidge longer.
If you’re not aware of what the Apollo IE has to offer, allow us to enlighten you. The bones are all made of carbon fiber, and by bones, it’s more like a carbon fiber tub. There’s a steel loop supporting the roof and keeping the passengers safe in the event of a roll, but other than that everything is made out of carbon fiber.
In the middle is a 6.3-L naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 780 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty-two is done in 2.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 208 mph. Maximum downforce is measured at 2976 lbs and arrives at 186 mph.
There are a grand total of 12 traction control settings and three different engine mappings: Wet, Sport, and Track. Power is delivered to a longitudinal Hewland sequential 6-speed+Rev gearbox with fully interchangeable gear ratios that the customer can customize to their own preference.
The interior is all carbon fiber and Alcantara. Carbon fiber seats, carbon fiber dash, and a removable steering wheel with carbon fiber handles. There’s a 12-inch instrument cluster behind the wheel with a 5-inch secondary display mounted on the roof to handle things like climate control and interior lighting.
Only 10 of these cars are to be built and they’re all already sold. Starting price was $2.6 million. Deliveries are expected to begin early 2019.