It seems that the virtual monopoly the Germans and Italians have had over the supercar world is slowly dwindling as sleek, powerful offerings from the United States and even Canada have come to challenge Munich and Maranello. Prominent on this list is France’s new Genty Akylone hypercar, a project six years in development that’s squarely aimed at dethroning the world’s fastest and most exotic vehicles.
After announcing the Akylone project with a 1/3 scale model at last year’s Top Marques auto show, the company will put the finishing touches on the Akylone in the next few months. According to the Genty website, the Akylone was conceived with, “the will to create a high-performance vehicle and return to the principle of driving pleasure…with a strong identity able to captivate the most passionate and demanding customers.” Genty will certainly tailor each Akylone to its eventual owner, as only 15 coupes and and 10 roadster examples are set for production.
Genty brought in the very best to design the Akylone’s behemoth powerplant. Reinhard Könneker, a former engineer for Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche, designed a compact 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 for the Akylone. Power comes in at about 1,200 horsepower at 7300 rpm and a healthy 861 lb-ft of torque available from 4500 rpm. Pair this massive power with a curb weight of around 2,400 pounds and the Akylone’s 0-62 run of 2.7 seconds seems unsurprising. A seven-speed sequential gearbox with LSD routes the power all the way up to a 220 mph top speed, while massive carbon-ceramic brakes with 6-piston calipers help bring this rocketship back to earth.
Though none of the planned 25 Akylones have been built yet, Vichy-based Genty is looking to launch fundraising programs in both the US and France to build a pre-production Akylone. This first Akylone will travel a world tour in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to advertise to potential customers, and if all goes according to plan, the first Akylone will roll off the assembly line late this year.
Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for new developments with the Genty Akylone’s production as they surface and enjoy this TFLcar.com video of another supercar concept debut, the Volkswagen Vision GTI.
Frank caught automotive fever early in life. Hailing from a long line of car fanatics, Frank was able to recite the year and model of every car that passed him by age five. His passion and love for the automobile have only grown since then. When not thinking about cars, he is reading, writing, learning, or dreaming about them. His area of expertise comes in the realm of German and Italian cars, of which Porsche is a favorite. Frank currently resides in the heart of NASCAR country in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family. He thoroughly enjoys driving exotic cars in the beautiful Carolina weather.