SPANISH BRAND Hispano Suiza showed off its Carmen electric hypercar, at the 2019 Geneva Motorshow signalling the resurgence of the luxury car brand.
According to Hispano Suiza, the Carmen, of which 19 will be made commencing late 2019, is a ‘Hyperlux’ combining cutting edge technology, exhilarating power, ultimate dynamics and exquisite luxury.
The Carmen is the realisation of a lifelong ambition for the Suqué Mateu family and Miguel Suqué Mateu, great-grandson of the brand's founder. The Carmen is inspired by the unique style and elegance of Mr Suqué Mateu’s mother, Carmen Mateu.
Powering the Carmen is a 750kW electric powertrain nestled in a carbon fibre monocoque with double wishbone suspension front and rear and an all-up kerb weight of 1690kg, allowing it to reach 100km/h in under three seconds and a (limited) top speed of 250km/h.
Experts at QEV Technologies, an electric powertrain and motorsport engineering specialist, have developed the drive systems.
The styling has been heavily influenced by Hispano Suiza cars of the early 20th century, specifically the 1938 Hispano Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia, of which only one example was ever produced.
Likewise the sumptuous interior of the two-seater takes inspiration from the most luxurious models of the past.
The Hispano Suiza Carmen will cost AUD $2.4 million.