Artega returns with 400-hp Scalo EV

A couple of years ago, we saw an alarming quantity and quality of niche European sports car manufacturers declare bankruptcy: Wiesmann, Gumpert, Melkus, De Tomaso, to name a few. But the one we were saddest about was Artega. The German startup set out to build one of the most beautiful little sports cars around that may never have stood a chance. But we're glad to report that now it's back, and it's going electric.

What you see here is the Artega Scalo, an amped-up version of the previous Argeta GT. The shape is mostly the same, but instead of a 3.6-liter V6 sourced from Volkswagen, mounted amidships and driving the rear wheels through a six-speed DSG, the Scalo goes with electric power. Specifically, it has a pair of electric motors each good for 200 horses of continuous power – or up to 260 at peak. All told, it'll crank out 575 pound-feet of torque to reach 60 miles per hour from a stand-still in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed electronically limited, as per German tradition, to 155 mph.

The juice is supplied by a 37-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with an adjustable energy recovery system. It'll travel for up to 250 miles on a single charge, and will quick-charge in 60 minutes from a 64-kW DC charger, two hours from a 22 kW-AC port, or take ten hours from an ordinary (European) household outlet. All of that makes for a rather compelling EV in a beautiful package originally designed by Henrik Fisker.

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