The name Genty is relatively new in the exotic sports car arena. The French startup company first emerged back in 2011 with the Genty Akylone concept. While strikingly beautiful, the Akylone faded into the background until recently. Now the concept is back on the scene, packing more power and a stunning appearance.
The promotional video above offers a glimpse of the Akylone ripping it up a bit. It does the concept far more justice than the mediocre photos available.
It is curious that the startup waited until the most popular annual auto shows were over to start touting the Genty Akylone again. Perhaps they were not prepared for the likes of Geneva or maybe they just wanted a more low-key reception in order to get a feel for the market. All guessing aside, let us get down to specs and see where the Akylone stands in terms of power, performance and competition.
- Power to weight ratio is important to Genty. By tweaking bits here and there, the twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V8 produces 1,200 horses and 861 pound-feet of delicious torque. That much power places it on par with the Bugatti Veyron and other monsters.
- The V8 engine was developed in-house by Genty rather than outsourced. Most startups and even well-established companies tend to outsource engines, making this an interesting move.
- The engine is pared with a six-speed sequential transmission with lovely paddle shifters.
- Power is delivered to the rear.
- The chassis is a blend of aluminum and lightweight carbon fiber for a total curb weight of 2,429 pounds without driver and fluids.
The Genty Akylone is sleek and speedy, nailing the 0-60 mile per hour jump in a blistering 2.7 seconds with an undisclosed top speed (likely around 200 MPH). Her performance times are as follows: 0-124 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds, 0-186 in 14 seconds. Currently these performance specs are simply claims that would need to be officially verified. Overall, the Akylone seems to be a remarkable supercar in search of some serious funding to make the transformation from fantasy to reality.