• Mar 2nd 2010 at 12:29PM
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Hispano-Suiza - click above for high-res image gallery

Before World War II there were several high-end European luxury marquees that sadly didn't survive long past the Great Depression. One of these makes was Hispano-Suiza, and the car world was worse off as a result. Check out the V12-engined Hispason-Suizas built in the 1930s if you're a non-believer. But guess what? As we mentioned previously, Hispano Suiza is back, only they've dropped the hyphen from their name and the V12 in favor of an Audi V10.

That's right, an Audi V10, which is actually a Lamborghini V10, and Lambo is owned by Volkswagen. But forget all that. The new Hispano Suiza (there's no model name) is essentially a rebodied aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI, only they've plugged two electric-superchargers into the intake manifold. As a result, power is up through the roof, improving upon the R8 V10's 525 hp by 225 ponies for a total of 750 horsepower. As you may have guessed, performance is also way up, with 60 mph happening in 3.3 seconds (up from 4.5 in the R8) and a top speed of 211 miles per hour (196 mph in the Audi), propelling the new 3,505-lb Hispano Suiza squarely into hypercar territory.

The reborn Hispano Suiza company plans to build between 20 and 25 of their new cars per year. Our take? Good luck. The one stat we haven't mentioned yet is that they'll be selling these puppies for a cool €700,000. That's about $950,000 at the current exchange rate. Frankly, that's a ludicrous amount of money for a vehicle that just doesn't do much for us. For that lofty price tag, you'd think they could at least give the poor car a name.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      What a joke,

      I don't think anybody could see this car as an attractive option with all the other cars available in the market in that price range.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1. Camaro called, want's it's taillights back.
      2. 'electric supercharger'? wha? anyone else have an electric supercharger? is that good?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, it may be ugly but it sure is... pointy?

      That A) There are still guys out there that think they can build a supercar from scratch and be successful, and B) That there are other guys willing to give them money to do so, are two of the great mysteries of the world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The thing is, there WILL be a market. There are people with way too much money, who are looking for something this rare and distinctive (yes, even if it looks like a high-performance Amphicar).

        Like it or not, when this thing pulls up in front of Casino Royale in Monaco, or the Burj Dubai, 999 people out of 1,000 will wonder "what the hell is THAT?!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does this remind me of the car GRX from Speed Racer

      • 5 Years Ago
      Weird, although I do like the back. I would still take a regular R8 over this.
        Former S-owner
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed. If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow would be lost. The Minnow would be lost.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a insult to the memoery of the name.Not piece built in France or Spain,not a bit as eye pleasing as the j12(what is though?!).Best to let some things stay gone if you're going to make a Mitsuoka out of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a Shark
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a very long front end to not have an engine in it.
      If it were painted black it could be a 90's batmobile.
      neither of those are great things to say about a car though
      • 5 Years Ago
      Street Sharks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with the shark look?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not feeling it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Joke right?! A million dollar kit car on an Lambo chassis. Why? Stupid.
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