Retro-Inspired Hispano Suiza Carmen Has Over 1,000 HP


Only 19 examples are being built, each starting at $1.7 million.

After several failed attempts, Hispano Suiza is finally being revived for the 21st century. At the Geneva Motor Show, the historic Spanish coachbuilder has to the world after releasing some shadowy teaser photos ahead of its debut.

The distinctive design is inspired by the 1938 Hispano Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia commissioned by World War One fighter pilot André Dubonnet, featuring an aggressive front fascia with a prominent grille, sporty air intakes, circular headlights, and a "floating” front splitter. The rear of the car looks particularly striking, with its massive diffuser features a massive diffuser and retro-inspired bodywork. Thanks to the car’s aerodynamic components, Carmen boasts an impressive drag coefficient of 0.325.

The Carmen rides on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and features an electric powertrain. Two electric motors power the rear wheels to produce a combined output of 1,005 hp. This enables the Carmen to accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than three seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155 mph. The model shown at Geneva has 80 kWh battery pack, but a 105 kWh unit might be available at launch that would enable the Carmen to travel more than 248 miles on a single charge.

Despite the retro-inspired exterior, the interior has been thoroughly modernized with a wireless smartphone charger, LED ambient lighting, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Other retro touches include an analogue clock, wood veneers and toggle switchgear. There’s also machined aluminum and a triangular gear selector as a homage to the "art deco steel triangle” used on a number of classic models.

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Production of the Carmen will be limited to 19 units, with prices starting at $1.7 million. First deliveries will start in June 2020.

Confusingly, two companies are claiming to own the rights to the historic Hispano Suiza name. The Carmen is being developed by a company called Hispano Suiza Cars, while another company known as Hispano Suiza Automobilmanufaktur AG is , which is powered by a Lamborghini Huracan-sourced twin-turbo V10 also producing over 1,000 hp.