- Linthium Reign
The Apollo Intensa Emozione, rolls right off the tongue doesn’t it?
As SPD’s already pointed out, the Apollo name dates back to when Roland Gumpert started his own company and named his car the Gumpert Apollo, A road car with a race car appearance and feel.
That car packed a Audi 4.2 V8 with twin turbos which made around 650hp in base trim and nearly 800hp in Race trim.
The Apollo IE packs a Ferrari derived 6.3 V12 making 780hp and sends that power to the rear via a 6 speed paddle shift Sequential built by Hewland, who given their track record, certainly know a thing or two about building a race gearbox.
The Apollo IE weighs in at 1250kgs and thanks to its rather polarising styling, can produce more downforce at 186mph than what it weighs while pushing on to over 200mph.
The gearing on the 6 speed once again reflects its racecar feel, long 1st gear with the other 5 gears getting shorter to keep that V12 singing past 9000rpm.
In terms of upgrades, you have two Racing engine swaps, the slightly less powerful, but much lighter 4.7 V12 from the F50 GT or the more powerful and still lighter 7.2 V8 from the RJ Anderson Pro 2 Truck.
BUT, if absolute power is your game, throw twin turbos on to the stock engine and you can take it to over 1500hp and if you have the Welcome Pack version of the IE, that can go to over 1600hp fully tuned.
Now for the price and this is where things get interesting, you can buy it at the Autoshow for 1.5 Million or in the low 800k range at Auction, But if you have the Welcome Pack and want a second Apollo IE WP version, it costs the exact same in the Autoshow AND it’s pre-tuned to the top of S2.
To top it off, the WP version(if you have the Welcome Pack) can be bought at Auction for under 200k.
So if you have the Welcome Pack and don’t care about collecting cars, The normal Apollo IE will get overlooked by most folks.
So to put it simply, It’s a really good Neutral on its own merits, but compared to its Welcome Pack clone, it’s a Beater.