Sunday, July 15, 2012

Car Of The Day: July 15, 2012

Today's car of the day comes from Dean-O-mite's collection and is Siku's 2009 Gumpert Apollo Speed.

The Gumpert Apollo is a sports car produced by German automaker Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH in Altenburg. The Apollo is a 2,400 lb street-legal race car. It is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive two-seater constructed on a tubular chromoly frame, with fiberglass or optional carbon fiber body panels. Gumpert claim the design of the Apollo is optimized so that the car could drive upside-down in a tunnel if driven at sufficiently high speeds (over 190 mph).

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Gumpert Apollo

A rare German sports car with a top speed of 224 miles per hour, with a 0-120mph time of 9.1 seconds - sounds like a car should be represented in small scale. Thankfully, Siku, with their German roots, felt the same way. The Gumpert Apollo would not be a car I knew about, had it not been for this Siku model. And I love that Siku replicated the opening gull-wing doors, too.

There are 3 engine types available:
- Base version - approximately 650 HP
- Sport version - approximately 700 HP
- Race version - approximately 800 HP
Speed overview (650HP):
- Top speed is 360.4 km/h (223.9 mph)
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph) reached in 3.1 seconds
- 0-200 km/h (120 mph) in 9.1 seconds.

Production of the Apollo started in October 2005 for the 2006 model year. For 2007, they released the Gumpert Apollo Sport. Two years later, Gumpert released their latest, the Apollo Speed.

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