Oh Gumpert, say it ain't so! After breaking into the supercar market eight years ago with the ugly uniquely styled and blazing quick Apollo, the German boutique automaker is finally calling it quits, World Car Fans reports.

A year ago, Gumpert declared insolvency after a disastrous foray into the Chinese market, but it seemingly was saved by a mystery investor and started focusing on the European market again. But more recently the investor reportedly stopped funding the automaker, and there also was a lack of new-car orders – a combination that can quickly kill low-volume car companies.

The Apollo was made famous when it recorded the fastest lap ever on Top Gear's test track five years ago. As a farewell to the short-lived supercar maker, we've included an in-car video of the Apollo's Top Gear lap as well as the show's review below.




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      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have always wondered how much better they would have done if they had a name that sounded better to English speakers. It can't be easy to drop a half a million dollars on something called a "Gumpert". And I know I am in the minority, but I actually always thought this looked cool.
      johnnythemoney
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most people want something special to drive to the golf club, friends parties and so on and that can be faster than theirs or even be the fastest, not something that can only do that and nothing else. They may as well buy a race car and go even faster.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice car but this is what sort of happens when you rely solely on demand for a car meant for track-days. We always complain that automakers like Honda and Toyota don't spend enough time developing fun cars... well, this is the opposite side of the spectrum!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Feurig
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      Jun Jiusi Zheng
      • 1 Year Ago
      The more I look into Gumpert, Koenigsegg, the more I admire Pagani as the sole genius
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jun Jiusi Zheng
        The Italians certainly do a great job with supercars. I do think, though, that Pagani went over the top with the Huayra. The detailing is just excessive, to me anyway. And the turbo motor just doesn't elicit the passion of the NA Zonda motor.
          Jun Jiusi Zheng
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          Pagani built Huayra with turbo, milder sound, softer suspension, and hi-premium audio with all these engaging on an everyday drive Pagani, not Zonda, not like any Ferrari's track editions. You misleading leads to that's why you cannot be Mr Pagani, and why he is the ONE.
        Scr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jun Jiusi Zheng
        I still find the Koennnnnniggggsesssseeggggg CCX to be a strikingly beautiful car. With or without the Top grar wing. It is so much better proportioned than a Pagani.
      Wally SirFatty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugly.. hmm... this is the same website that lauds the Stingray as a example of design style. Go figure.
      Bryant Keith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Goodbye to my favorite supercar. You will be sorely missed.
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      Carpinions
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always felt that this car was ill-conceived. It's not pretty by any stretch, its name is terrible, it sounds like an appliance, and it comes off as a garage kit car that you have to pay stupid money for. It's only saving grace is that it seems to be quicker than its appearance and engineering would indicate. So I'm not surprised it has failed, especially in a field that has become crammed with supercar pretenders over the last decade, most of whose examples are at least interesting to behold, and many of which use the same engine. For me this was a completely uninteresting car.