• Mar 2, 2010

NVL Quant – Click above for high-res image gallery

We saw this here four-seat Gullwinger last year billed as the Koenigsegg Quant. For the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, it's reappeared as the NVL Quant. Go figure. We're not sure if we should emphasize the dream part of the headline, or the boat part. At first glance, we're thinking boat as the Quant is enormous. The wheelbase is 122 inches, and the vehicle's overall length is 192 inches. It's six-and-a-half-feet wide, too. No, it's not 1970s Caddy big, but for an electric car, the Quant is barge-like. And it rides on 23-inch wheels.

Though once you start getting inside the numbers, you see why we really ought to emphasize the dream part. Ready? Here goes: zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 234 miles per hour. Pretty, um, hopeful numbers considering that the giant gullwing four-seater weighs 3,700 pounds. Er, actually it's "projected" to weigh 3,700 pounds. Meaning the actual weight may vary. Also we need to point out that the Quant's made out of carbon fiber.

Power comes from four electric motors (one for each wheel) with some type of torque vectoring software to maximize traction. There are two different power systems on board. One's a conventional battery and the other's a pyrite film covering that acts as a solar cell to power the instruments and also charge the battery. Speaking of batteries, the NVL Quant might will ship with either a metal-air battery (like some hearing aids) or a refillable Redox Flow Cell. Not sure what either of those are? Don't fret, but be sure to check out the wood-look steering wheel – we think it looks great.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Straight out of Blade Runner
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are there any normal cars at the Geneva show?

      Or are they all hybrids, or electrics, or otherwise flights of fancy?

      Any new cars for real people to buy and drive, that a regular person on a bear market budget can afford, and would like to drive, without the stratospheric costs and complexities of adopting two drivetrains, and unproven systems, and electrical demands that are currently unsupported by other infrastructure?

      Has the Toyota debacle not taught anyone anything, that maybe things need to be vetted and tested thoroughly before being peddled to the buying public...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, that's Europe for you. They get whooped up in a tizzy over fuel saving tech because it's actually important to them, and we get whooped up in a tizzy over cars that can use as much fuel as possible :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        RS5? polo gti? a1? Touareg?s60? Mazda 5? Countryman? juke? cayenne? and that's not counting the dino powered supercars, which bring the total up to a nice dozen non elctron (fully or partially) new debut cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't JUST say non-hybrid, but the hybrid and electric stuff is getting thick. Ownership/running costs are already high on most cars, deflation is kicking in, inflation to follow... and people's budgets are getting tight. Buying a more expensive version of a car, with more complexity and opportunity for failure or higher maintenance and insurance coverage costs is not exactly a boon to a budget-minded buyer.

        I specified something that a regular person on a regular budget could afford... and here's the kicker... can be enthusiastic about.

        RS5 - $$$$$ and not imported yet, possibly not at all.
        polo gti - Too small for me, not imported to the US. I don't like boxy cars, even if I do fit in them. I am 6'2", and I doubt I would be comfortable in the least, in a Polo. Plus it is FWD. ...or should I say WRONG wheel drive.
        a1 - too small for me, not imported, and part of it's coverage is it's e-tron version.
        Touareg - SUVs don't excite me, too much $$$$$
        s60 - Maybe, but a bit $$$, and volvo's future is uncertain, which is a risk.
        Mazda 5 - who gets excited about a minivan, really?
        Countryman - SUVs, especially FWD ugly ones (and I don't mind the regular mini's looks, BTW...) don't appeal to me. Might as well be grouped with the minivans.
        Juke - that hunk of ugly? are you kidding me? Kill it with fire!
        Cayenne - looks better than before but still $$$$$$ and an SUV.
        Bentley Mulsanne - $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, but the blue color in the gallery pics is kind of nice, I'll give it that.

        And that's not counting the dino powered supercars... - Again, way outside the normal budget.

        About the only one might be that alfa convertible, if it were to become an affordable roadster, available through chrysler dealers... but that might be a long shot, too, on all three fronts. It may not get production ready, it may not be affordable, and it might not even be imported.

        I am not saying that these cars, electrified or not, expensive or whatever... shouldn't be shown. I am glad they are. I really like the looks of the porsche 918, a lot.

        I am just saying, this is all eye candy or boxy little things. There is a lot to drool over, but nothing to put in my garage to drool over in person.

        It is an international auto show, with lots of new product... there should be at least one thing for a red-blooded car freak on a budget to actually consider...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Normal cars? Haha. Im with ya. Everything seems to be hybrid this or hybrid that. I would take this all-electric rather than a hybrid though. Needs more shot of the interior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      how can we check out the steering wheel. there is not one good/decent shot of it. very cruel tease AB...
        • 4 Years Ago
        haha - I was just about the write that. I would go see the picture of the wood-like wheel, if I could see the picture of the wood-look wheel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy wheelbase, Batman!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like the wheels and that's about it
      • 4 Years Ago
      utterly impractical, but it looks like it came straight out of the machine age.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like an e-tron but way more hideous
      • 4 Years Ago
      Movie car? hurts...my....eyes.....
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