Hispano Suiza is a sign that dates back more than a century. During this time, the brand has faced a number of challenges and triumphs, but perhaps none felt as pleasant as the release of it brand new all electric car supercar The very first production unit to hit America has just been delivered to Amelia Island.
It wasn’t just a regular Carmen (if that can be a thing, since it produces 1,005 horsepower (739 kW). No, it was a Carmen Boulogne, top trim, with 1,114 horsepower (819 kW). One of five production units that will be produced, each from 1.65 million euros (or about 1.8 million US dollars at the current exchange rate) and one of only 19 Carmens that plans to produce Hispano Suiza.
It does that one of the most exclusive cars on sale today and each is very customizable. This one was painted in a color of paint that Hispano Suiza calls Ocean Song Rose, a shade that nods to the new owner’s favorite flower. If you find this unlike a supercar, think about how much Carmen Boulogne prefers the latest trends.
Carmen’s name refers to the granddaughter of the company’s founder and the mother of the current president. The script used on the back of the car is designed to mimic her signature. Boulogne refers to the location of the Hispano Suiza’s greatest racing success.
The large gaping front grille also doesn’t quite match other EVs these days. In Carmen it is fully functional as it directs air through radiators that keep the transmission cool. Instead of using one engine per wheel or per axle, Hispano Suiza uses four engines only on the rear axle.
Maximum efficiency and range are not exactly the focus of this supercar. According to the European WLTP testing protocol, the brand states that it aims to reach a maximum distance of about 250 miles (402 km). It also charges to a maximum of just 80 kW. For comparison, Kia EV6 can charge much more than 200 kW.
Just to show and tell
Carmen is not designed for homologous certification in the U.S., so every example that comes here will be registered under the “show and show” exception. However, we are glad that any of them got to this side of the pond. What do you think of this new Hispano Suiza? Let us know below.
Hispano Suiza officially returned to the US after its first delivery this weekend
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