• Jul 27, 2008
The first Gumpert Apollo on American soil was brought out for its big debut Saturday, only to make more of an impression than intended. That impression was not only left on showgoers, but also on the speed bump leading into the parking lot. With roughly 4 millimeters of ground clearance it was easy to see this coming. The driver had brought the car from the sole U.S. distributor to show it off at a weekend cruise. He somehow failed to recognize that the speed bump was in fact approximately half the height of the low-slung supercar and after inexplicably getting the front air dam over the hump, found himself stuck.

The car came down and gently ground to a halt. It teetered a bit as it crept along the driveway, producing a grinding noise that had all of the witnesses cringing. As the carbon undertray was polished along its midsection, it became apparent that the rear tires might not make it over too. The driver stopped as the rears lifted just enough to take away traction. After a few moments of contemplation, he had the passenger get out and the lower payload gave the suspension just the right amount of lift to get the job done. Afterwards, there was much rejoicing in supercarland. A follow-up note from the dealer told us that there was thankfully no damage to the car from this incident. We recommend that anyone considering buying one of these 2400 lb, 750 hp monsters consider waiting for the "softer" model the company has pitched. Hopefully it will have an adjustable suspension.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Very cool car... 750hp only 2400 lb... So how fast dose this thing Go ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hopefully Wiki isn't lying, but

        "Estimated top speed is 360 km/h (224 mph) with 0-100 km/h (0–62 mph) reached in 3.0 seconds, making it the 9th best accelerating production car in the world."

        yeeeeehaw! Man, why did I suddenly turn redneck?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It just went around the top gear test track pretty well, and that wasn't even the 750bhp one, only had something like 600 (wasn't paying that much attention to tonights show so can't say for sure)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Arjun failed at making a funny
      • 6 Years Ago
      Un-adjustable driver's seat. No wonder Lofty had to drive it around the track.

      Too bad he couldn't quite reach the spot on the lap board where the car ended up.

      Great episode, can't wait till it's back in fall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone was kind enough to spoil it on the previous page :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Un-adjustable driver's seat. No wonder Lofty had to drive it around the track.

      Too bad he couldn't quite reach the spot on the lap board where the car ended up.

      Great episode, can't wait till it's back in fall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The trick is to hit the bump with a bit more speed
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can I send you my social security number and my online banking passwords as well?
      • 6 Years Ago
      4 millimeters??
      it's 4 centimeters

      4 millimeters would be 4 credit cards stacked
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, THAT was a joke, but in fact, the car actually has 4 centimeters of ground clearance
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm assuming that was just a joke, as the writer also says:

        "He somehow failed to recognize that the speed bump was in fact approximately half the height of the low-slung supercar..."
      • 6 Years Ago
      That guy needs a "No fat chicks - seriously" bumper sticker.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Apollo is an awesome looking car. Also very fast. But an adjustable suspension is the best bet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its a amazing car glad we finally have one of these at home. Tired of seeing some schlep driving this in monoco.

      Amazingly capable road car.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars that low just have to enter through the exit side
      I guess somebody forgot to inform Mr.Apollo
      • 6 Years Ago
      carfax is worthless, my friends car was in 3 different accidents and carfax said nothing, so gtfo mmkayy
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