Geneva Motor Show - Hispano Suiza Granturismo elegant profile

Hispano Suiza come back from the grave to give us the new Granturismo

Based in Inglostadt, Germany and funded by a wealthy Spaniard from Barcelona, the Hispano Suiza brand makes a comeback…..again. We say again, as there was a stillborn attempt a few years ago, where the only tangible product was a show car. So here we are again, but with an entirely new setup and backers. Our guide around the show car assures us that this one is a runner and about to undergo testing before production versions hit the streets in the autumn. They will have to prove that convincingly before anyone takes them seriously despite the impressive lineup of experienced designers and marketeers.

Geneva Motor Show - Hispano Suiza how they use to look

As for the car, it pretty much follows every other recent supercar upstart, by having a stratospheric price tag and performance to match. However, they have forged a distinctive styling path that will polarize opinions. The side profile works well with elegant window line, chrome faced air intakes, and pleasing, crisp, high waistline. Rear is neat and uncontroversial, but the nose is a love it / hate it pointed shark shaped beak, which would look more comfortable on a powerboat. The new Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera carries off the arrow shaped nose a bit more convincingly. We’ll list the specs and hybrid options below but warn you first, that the normal cooking version ( if you can call a 205mph 330km/h car cooking ) costs a staggering €700,000. In the past Hispano Suizas were equally opulent, outrageous behemoths: the preserves of film stars, maharajahs and dictators so the price point was always breathtaking.

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From Hispano Suiza
Dazzling Comeback
An esteemed automotive brand is experiencing a stunning revival at the Geneva International Motor Show: Hispano Suiza. A Swiss-Spanish company is presenting a new super-premium sports car under this marque. It clearly accentuates the exclusivity of the brand and is the first of its kind with hybrid drive. Unsurpassed quality, superb technology, exceptional comfort and ample performance – but still ideally suited for everyday driving. These are the principles that Marc Birkigt, the Swiss founder of the original Hispano Suiza company, strove for in all of his inspired designs. The new Granturismo lives up to this brand distinction in every respect.

Geneva Motor Show - Hispano Suiza Granturismo 750 HP (551 kW) V10 engine

The car has a chassis constructed with aluminum space-frame technology
, as well as a lightweight, yet extremely stable, carbon body. In the initial version of the car, a ten-cylinder V-engine, assisted by two electrically-powered superchargers, generates 750 HP – power that is abundant enough to propel the Hispano Suiza from a standing stop to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.4 seconds. The permanent all-wheel drive ensures sufficient traction to deliver this power to the road, guaranteeing not only extraordinary driving performance but also outstanding handling. With an access height of 1,250 millimeters (49 inches), Hispano Suiza drivers will enjoy complete ease of entry – uncommon for a car of this performance class. The interior, furnished in leather, aluminum and carbon, is ergonomic yet of superior quality and refinement. Consequently, the Granturismo was made not only to attest to its racing pedigree – it is equally at home cruising down metropolitan thoroughfares.

Geneva Motor Show - Hispano Suiza Granturismo interior

In the next evolutionary stage, this will even be accomplished silently and without exhaust emissions. True to the tradition of Hispano Suiza – one of the inventors of hybrid drive technology – a drive of this type (combining internal combustion and electric motive power) is currently being developed for the car. With this, the GT ascends to a new level of performance. At the rear axle, propulsion is provided by the supercharged, ten-cylinder engine. The front wheels are driven by a separate, 150 HP electric motor that draws electricity from a battery pack at the front of the car. This combination boosts the Hispano Suiza’s output to 900 HP if needed. Under urban driving conditions, the electric motor can power the car by itself, of course.

First-run models of the conventionally powered Granturismo will be ready for delivery in six months. The base price will be €700,000. Additional pricing for the hybrid model will be determined at a later date. Advanced planning is already taking place now, however. As soon as next year, a roadster will join the model lineup.

Hispano Suiza V10 Supercharged
Engine 5.2L FSI V10 with direct fuel injection supercharged Displacement 5204 cc
Transmission 6-speed manual gearbox optional automatic 6-speed – gearbox with pedal shift
Type of drive permanent all-wheel drive
Clutch Double-plate clutch
Engine power (max.) 750 HP (551 kW) bei 8.200 rpm
Torque (max.) 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) at 6,650 rpm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3,4 s
Top speed more than 330 km/h (205.05 mph)
Brake system FA: 380 x 38 carbon-ceramic, ventilated RA: 356 x 32 carbon-ceramic, ventilated with ABS/ESP
Wheel rims FA: 10 x 22 I+r 7-spoke forged wheel Center-locking RA: 11 x 22 I+r 7-spoke forged wheel Center-locking
Tires FA: Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 275/25 ZR 22 RA: Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 295/25 ZR 22
Curb weight 1,590 kg (3,505.35 lbs)
Average fuel consumption 13.5 L/100 km (17.42 mpg)
CO2 emissions 348 g/km (560.05 g/mile)
Dimensions (L x W x H) 4,940 mm (194.49 in) x 2,064 mm (81.26 in) x 1,250 mm (49.21 in)
Bodywork Aluminum space frame with carbon body

The Team
Erwin Himmel
The driving force behind this ambitious project is Erwin Leo Himmel. Born in Graz, Austria, the designer is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and has extensive years of experience in the automotive industry. Over the years, Himmel worked for Audi in Ingolstadt on numerous successful model lines – the Audi 80, Audi 100 and the RS4 or A8, for example. His Audi quattro Spyder design study was the highlight of the 1991 IAA. Other models from the Volkswagen Group – for instance the VW Touareg or Seat Leon – also bear Himmel’s signature. Himmel was one of the first automotive designers to recognize the significance of integrated brand design and has consistently pursued this concept. After his tenure with the Volkswagen Group, Himmel opened his own design studio in Barcelona, designing for brands such as Mitsubishi, Subaru, Panasonic, LG, Samsung and TAG Heuer. Himmel returns to his roots with his Hispano Suiza concept, giving new luster to the venerable marque with his designs – true to his motto “Design is my passion – visions are my impetus”.

Geneva Motor Show - Hispano Suiza Granturismo badge and pointy nose

Marta Pou
A native of Catalonia, she is responsible for sales and product marketing at Hispano Suiza. Marta Pou has been involved in the automotive industry for nearly 20 years. At the age of 27 she ran her own car dealership in Barcelona, selling almost 3,000 automobiles per year and managing 60 employees. Her commitment to Hispano Suiza has led her to trade high volumes of off-the-rack products for the utmost in exclusivity, individuality and quality. With her international sales expertise and ardor for automobiles, brands and quality, Marta Pou wants to help the noble Hispano Suiza brand to shine with new brilliancy.

Roland Mayer
An automotive engineer, he acquired the skills for first-rate performance tuning of high-tech engines while working at Audi. Then, almost twenty years ago, he left to start his own company for engine technology just outside of Ingolstadt. Since then, Roland Mayer and his team have helped manufacturers such as Audi, VW, Seat, Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini to significantly optimize the performance of standard production engines. Roland Mayer’s specialties include engine controller electronics, turbocharging and supercharging, and suspension engineering. He infuses this expertise in Hispano Suiza so that a car originates that not only offers supreme performance and tremendous handling, but is also distinguished by an exceptional suitability for everyday driving.

Alexander Medawar
For more than 20 years, Alexander Medawar has earned a reputation as a design and prototype expert in the automotive industry. In the Hispano Suiza project he bears the responsibility for the entire prototype phase – from the first specimen to the finished automobile. Medawar utilizes the most state-of-the-art technology – CAD/CAS (Computer Aided Design/Styling) – for this, not only for the body but also for the exclusive interior. His depth of experience enables him to already plan and keep track of the future series production while still in the midst of the design process. In short, Alexander Medawar translates Erwin Himmel’s ideas into a tangible product and ensures that the execution and quality measure up to the standard of the Hispano Suiza brand.

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