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Gumpert unveils high-performance Apollo Speed

The Gumpert Apollo is already one wild performance machine, but the German automaker kicked things up a notch at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Earlier on Wednesday Gumpert unveiled its highest-performing Apollo Speed at the Geneva show.

The Apollo Speed is based on the standard Apollo, but raises the performance bar through a number of tweaks. The Apollo's aerodynamics have been heavily revised for the Speed version, with changes including a slipperier body, a lower ride height and wind-cheating carbon fiber wheels.

The Apollo Speed can be had with one of three turbocharged V8 engines, coming in 650 horsepower, 700 horsepower and 800 horsepower guises. The mid-level 700 horse car can make the sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds, go from a standstill to 124 mph in a scant 8.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 224 mph - making us wonder what else the top-level car is capable of.

Inside, the Apollo Speed's high-performance intent continues, complete with yards of Alcantara, four-point racing harnesses and a detachable steering wheel.

Expect pricing for the Gumpert Apollo Speed to start north of 300,000 euros.

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