Apollo Intensa Emozione Brings Further Insanity to Hypercar Realm
Hypercar refrains from ’emotionally dilutive’ technology, and we love everything about it.
File this one under “our new favorite thing.” It’s the Apollo Intensa Emozione, and before we even get into the mechanical description, we have to say it is truly a sight to behold. Although the shape does have incredible detail, the simple flowing side silhouette of the Apollo IE is one of the more striking shapes we’ve seen in a very long time. And then when you take a peek at the front or back, the madness is evident.
Taking a peek at the current run of in-production hyper cars and those soon to be made, there’s a particular blandness to be found. AMG’s Project ONE is no doubt fast, but it doesn’t really have any visually exciting lines. Nor does the 1.6-liter V6 turbo hybrid power unit excite the soul. Apollo, on the other hand, has stayed away from hybrids. In their description of the car, they “refrain from using any emotionally dilutive technological systems, such as hybridization.” That’s probably why they picked a 6.3-liter V12 which spins to 9,000 RPM and makes 780 horsepower.
The intense sensations don’t just end there, either. Bringing power to the wheels is a paddle shift transmission. You may think that’s odd, considering a manual transmission might have more emotion, but worry not. Hewland supplies the gearbox, and it’s a racing unit, still requiring a clutch when setting off from a standstill. After that, you can shift just like you’re in a prototype racer, with no compromises.
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Weight when stationary is just under 2,800 pounds, but with air flowing at 180 miles per hour over the bodywork and wings, an additional three thousand pounds of downforce is created. Apollo went for grip, as indicated by a top speed of “just” 208 miles per hour. Trim out the car a bit, and there’s much more speed in it.
But enough of that, its time you stop reading, scroll back up, hit that play button and crank up the volume.