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French Newbie Genty To Build Its Own 1,000-HP V-8 Engine

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On: Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 9:19AM | By: Chris Weiss

French Newbie Genty To Build Its Own 1,000-HP V-8 Engine

When you think supercar startup, you can't help but think: outsourced engine. Many supercars from the up-in-comers and wannabes simply take an existing V-8 engine, often a Corvette plant, up the output to some filthy number via forced induction and/or tuning, and call it day. Then they slide that big boy into a dubiously styled hunk of aluminum and carbon and call it the next great supercar. Once in a while it is, but more often, it's not.

Genty, a French start-up that has a goal of building a supercar with the highest power-to-rate ratio in the world, has a different recipe. It will build its own bespoke V-8 engine to power its Akylone supercar.

According to reports, Genty has a 4.8-liter V-8 engine planned. The engine will use direct injection and turbocharging to meet European emissions standards while putting out a rumored 1,000 horses and 940 lb.-ft. of torque.

Meanwhile, Genty plans a weight that hovers around 2,500 lb-ft. When slid into the midsection of the car, the engine will send that 2,500-lb. mass to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds on up to 220 mph. Or at least that's what Genty claims.

The Akylone will sit on a carbon-aluminum chassis and use components like carbon ceramic brakes. The car looked pretty hot in the reflective silver coat that it wore when we first saw it, but a little more run-of-the-mill in orange. Outside of the shiny, mirror-like paint, there's just nothing particularly revolutionary about the styling. Not bad, but not good either.

Genty reportedly plans only 15 Akylone models. Between that low volume and the costs of building its own components, we'll surmise that this one will cost a pretty penny.



Stephy21 | 10:07AM (Mon, Dec 5, 2011)

very nice looking car.

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