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Another Anonymous Supercar: Genty Akylone

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On: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 4:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

Another Anonymous Supercar: Genty Akylone

Lately we've been covering about as much vaporware from random upstarts as we have legitimate supercars. In the former category, we have things like the Rimac Concept One, Transtar Racing Dagger GT, and Joss JP1.  In the latter, we have the actual supercars from established brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. The latter we know will get built and hit the market, while the former we half expect to disappear into the void of Internet buzz-that-once-was.

Still, it's hard not to be a little intrigued by the promise of a hot new supercar. So we'll tell you all about the Genty Akylone even if we're not sure that anyone will ever buy one.

Genty Automobile is located in Saint Yorre, France, not exactly a supercar hotbed, but lest you think that the French don't have any experience with supercars, you'd be forgetting all about Bugatti. Then again, Bugatti is a legendary, Volkswagen-owned marque while Genty is an unknown start-up with a headquarters address in the middle of nowhere. So don't get your hopes up that this is the next Veyron.

What it is is the Akylone. It is powered by a 4.8-liter V-8 engine that sounds rather small until you hear claims of around 1,000 hp and 940 lb-ft. That output is routed through a seven-speed sequential transmission on its way to claimed numbers of 2.7 seconds to 62 mph (just a few tenths over the 2.5 seconds of that other French supercar) and a 220 mph top speed.

Of course, claims are pretty easy to make, and supercar unknowns are pretty good at making them. We'll see.

Other interesting aspects (claims) of the Akylone include a weight under 2,500 lbs., a carbon-aluminum chassis, a drag coefficient of .35, and carbon-ceramic brakes. Genty doesn't do anything too revolutionary in terms of styling, but it does create an attractive supercar, in my opinion, which is more than you can say about a lot of supercar manufacturers.

Word is that Genty will produce only 15 of these babies, so don't expect the price to be any less than $500K to $1 million. Assuming it ever gets built.


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