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PostHeaderIcon Zenvo TSR-S

Already nine years old as of 2018, the Zenvo ST1 has already made a name for itself as a potent supercar with extreme design and performance. Designed and built in Denmark, the ST1 remained in production until 2016, when it was replaced by the TS1, which gained certain changes in terms of aerodynamics and drivetrain. The TS1 was followed by the race-spec TSR in 2017. With the latter still new, Zenvo launched a new iteration of its only vehicle to date. It’s called the TSR-S, and it’s the company’s most radical car for street use.

Positioned between the TS1 GT road car and the race-only TSR, the TSR-S shares the looks of the original ST1. However, it borrows the revised aerodynamics of the TSR, as well as a number of unique features that improve performance on both the road and the track. As usual, the Danish automaker will keep production very limited, with only five examples to be built a year. Yes, this thing is just as exclusive as a Koenigsegg, but does it have the power and speed to go against it? Let’s find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Zenvo TSR-S.

Zenvo TSR-S Exterior

  • Extensive aero updates
  • Larger grille
  • Carbon-fiber splitter
  • New headlamps
  • Aggressive side skirts
  • Road-legal side mirror
  • Massive, innovative rear wing
  • Motorsport-inspired diffuser
  • Redesigned taillights
  • Lightweight wheels


“Zenvo made extensive modifications to the aerodynamics, and this is more than obvious when you look at the car”

The TSR-S is essentially a road-legal version of the TSR, so it shares many features with the race-only car, especially in the design department. However, Zenvo made extensive modifications to the aerodynamics, and this is more than obvious when you look at the car. The first thing that strikes the eye is the new nose and front bumper section. The grille is actually a bit larger than the TSR’s, and now extends all the way down into the splitter. The latter has also been modified, as it no longer extends that much up front, but features more aggressive vents onto the sides. The new design improves front to rear downforce distribution by generating front downforce and directing air to the underbody. The updated front bumper and front wheel outlets stabilize the air around the wheels.

The signature Zenvo headlamps have also been updated. A new cluster adds small LED lamps in the upper corner, while the entire housing is now made from carbon fiber. They also feature Bi-LED technology and drag-reducing air ducts. The big vents in the front hood remain unchanged from the race car, but the center section is made from exposed carbon-fiber. Thin orange stripes add a dash of color to the carbon-sections on the hood and the bumper.


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“The first thing that strikes the eye is the new nose and front bumper section”

Further changes are visible onto the sides, with new winglets added to the carbon side skirts and larger, road-legal side mirrors. Of course, the TSR-S sports different wheels and road-going tires instead of the TSR’s race-spec rim and rubber configuration.

The rear section is a mix of TSR features and new, extreme aerodynamic bits. Obviously the big news here is the crazy wing. Designed specifically for this model, it’s mounted on unique carbon-fiber posts, while the wing itself sits as high as the roof. On top of that, it has a curved shape that’s not exactly common on either road-legal or race-only cars. Zenvo even found a fancy name for this active multi-axis devices, which is called a “centripetal wing.”

Developed through advanced aerodynamic analysis and implementation of advanced airflow management, it helps the car generate more than three times more downforce than the TS1 GT. The wing has two rotational axes enabling it to function both as an air brake and a cornering stabilizer. When the TSR-S corners, the wing rotates relative to the car’s longitudinal axis, generating an inward force together with the conventional downforce, boosting inner tire grip and cornering stability. When in horizontal position, it acts as a conventional rear wing and generates a downforce perpendicular to the car.


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“Zenvo designed an innovative wing with two rotational axes”

When the wing tilts away from the absolute horizontal position, the downforce stays perpendicular to the plane of the wing, which generates a centripetal force. This reduces the tendency of the rear end to break away and allows the wing to act as an additional rear anti-roll bar. It also provides extra grip to the inner wheel, reducing the chance of a loss of traction at the rear and also increases downforce on the inner wheel. This might just be the most advanced rear wing ever created!

Another big change around back is the LMP1-inspired air scoop on the entire hood. The diffuser is very similar to the TSR, but Zenvo says that the revised shape is optimized to extract air from the underbody and increase stability. Finally, the taillights were reduced to only one cluster unit per side in order to save weight.

Zenvo TSR-S Interior

  • Stripped-out cabin
  • Race-spec steering wheel
  • Exposed carbon-fiber
  • Racing seats and harnesses
  • Alcantara and aluminum trim

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“Despite being legal for public roads, this car begs to be taken to the Nurburgring for some amazingly fast laps!”

Zenvo interiors are usually minimalistic and driver-focused, but the British firm took things up a notch for the TSR-S, which can be specced as a full-fledged race car. Although you can order many options, the standard package doesn’t include a sound system or speakers, a navigation system, air conditioning, and airbags. Yup, despite being legal for public roads, this car begs to be taken to the Nurburgring for some amazingly fast laps!

The steering wheel is based on the TSR and features race-inspired switches, while the bespoke seats have carbon-fiber shells and are wrapped in Alcantara for proper grip. Race-ready six-point harnesses can be ordered optionally. Unlike the TS1, every surface has been stripped off to expose the carbon-fiber the cockpit is made from. There is some Alcantara here and there, but only only where it’s necessary to eliminate reflections in the windscreen. The instrument cluster also sports new graphics and a horizontal rev-counter inspired by retro race cars from the 1980s.

Another big change from the TS1 GT is that there are no precious metals used for the CNC-machined trim parts. Instead, the TSR-S features black anodized aluminum trim, which underlining the racing ambiance of the cabin. However, if you want a slightly fancier cabin, you can have it finished in other colors too.

Zenvo TSR-S Drivetrain

  • Twin-supercharged 5.9-liter V-8
  • Up to 1,177 horsepower
  • Three operation modes
  • 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds
  • Top speed limited to 202 mph
  • Dual setup gearbox with Road and Race modes
  • Seven-speed paddle-shift
  • Improved active rear differential
  • Advance traction control system

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“Unlike its siblings, it features a manually adjustable performance setting with a variable power output”

Not surprisingly, the TSR-S draws its juice from the twin-supercharged, 5.9-liter V-8 used in the TS1 and TSR. But unlike its siblings, it features a manually adjustable performance setting with a variable power output. In its lowest setting, called Minimum (not so inspiring, I know), the TSR-S hits the asphalt with 700 horsepower. Needless to say, it’s far from impressive when compared to the TS1’s 1,163-horsepower output, but power jumps to a whopping 1,177 horses when the drivetrain switches to the Maximum setup. This is the most extreme version of the TSR-S and enables the coupe to hit 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, to go with a top speed limited to 202 mph.

There’s also a third mode called IQ. Zenvo didn’t say how much power this configuration uses, but mentioned that IQ is an autonomous setting that “cleverly provides race-car for the road driving characteristics.” Specifically, the advanced traction control system continuously assesses the grip of the tires on the road and limits the power accordingly. Where traction allows, the IQ setting will ensure maximum power is delivered to the rear wheels whenever possible. I guess IQ is the perfect setting if you want the car to decide when it’s appropriate to floor it with all 1,177 horsepower at your disposal.


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“The gearbox also has a dual setup that can switch between a standard road configuration and a brutal power-shift setting for the track”

But the engine isn’t the only drivetrain component that comes with different stages. The gearbox also has a dual setup that can switch between a standard road configuration and a brutal power-shift setting for the track. The gearbox comprises a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox with helical-cut dog gears and the switch between the two setups is a development that is unique to Zenvo. There aren’t many details available, but the Danish claim that in Road setting, the gear changing is electronic, with sensors adjusting the shifting to remove the harshness often experienced by a dog box for a more relaxing drive. In Race mode, the direct mechanical power-shift become more brutal to deliver one of the fastest-shifting powertrains in existence.

Finally, the drivetrain benefits from an improved active rear differential and an advanced traction control system to make things smooth and fast.

Zenvo TSR-S Prices


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Pricing is obviously a mystery at this point, but this supercar is definitely of the “if you have to ask then you can’t afford it” variety. With the TS1 GT priced well above the $1 million mark, this new supercar could fetch close to $2 million before options. Actually, it could be significantly more than that with only five units built per year. And given the very low output, there’s a big change you’ll never see one on the road.

Zenvo TSR-S Competition

Koenigsegg Agera RS


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Supercars with more than 1,000 horsepower were pretty rare ten years ago, but there are quite a few models you can purchase nowadays. Given you have the money and you qualify as a potential customer (with Ferrari, you have to own other models to be able to buy one), of course. The first model that comes to mind is the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which is the first on my list because it’s also built in Scandinavia. Assembled a bit farther up north in Sweden, the Agera RS is one of the most potent supercars available. However, it won’t be around for long because the Swedish automaker is building the final units as we speak. Powered by a twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8 engine, the Agera RS cranks out 1341 horsepower and holds a few world record for acceleration, braking, and top speed. The Swedish supercar is the world’s fastest since November 6, 2017, when it hit an average top speed of 277.9 mph, around ten mph more than the previous record holder, the Bugatti Veyron. The only issue with the Agera RS is that you can’t really buy it anymore with the remaining units already sold out.

Read our full review of the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Bugatti Chiron


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No 1,000+ horsepower supercar comparison is complete without the Bugatti Chiron, the successor to the already iconic Veyron. Introduced in 2016 with a significantly redesigned body and cabin, the Chiron looks like a natural evolution of the Veyron. It’s more aggressive and aerodynamic on the outside, boasts more luxury inside the cabin, while the quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W-16 engine cranks out more power. The massive mill is now rated at 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, which travels to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Chiron’s performance figures are impressive to say the least. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is achieved in 2.4 seconds, while sprinting to 186 mph takes 13.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 261 mph for safety reasons, but Bugatti believes that the Chiron will hit around 288 mph. None of the figures above have been tested or verified by an independent authority. Limited to 500 units, the Chiron is priced from nearly $3 million.

Read our full story on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

Conclusion


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The supercar niche isn’t as small as it used to be, but it’s still a very small market compared to mainstream classes. But even so, it’s split in even smaller niches. And Zenvo is part of the tiny segment that includes very small automakers that build cars in very limited numbers. While Koenigsegg managed to get out of it with slightly bigger production runs and more than one model, Zenvo still offers one nameplate at a time. The downside here is that the Danish firm isn’t as famous as Bugatti, for instance, but there’s more exclusivity to be had if you don’t care much about the badge. Of course, if this new supercar sets a few world records, Zenvo might climb a few steps of the hypercar market ladder. It has the extreme design, the impressive performance, and the state-of-the-art tech, all it needs is some real action on race tracks like the Nurburgring.

  • Leave it
    • * Tough competition
    • * Very limited production run

References


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Read our full review on the 2017 Zenvo TS1 GT.


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PostHeaderIcon The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff

If you ever need a reminder that yes, we are indeed living in a golden age of performance automobiles, just check out the list of debuts heading to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Specs and figures that would have been considered outlandish and silly just a few decades ago are now becoming the norm, as million-dollar, 1,000+ horsepower monster machines seem to litter the Palexpo convention center floor in 2018. Here are some of the highlights.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro


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Starting things off is this otherworldly creation from the folks over at Aston Martin. Dubbed the Valkyrie AMR Pro, it’s a track-only version of Aston’s already outrageous, barely street-legal supercar, and it twists the knob to 11 before breaking it off entirely. This track-only version once again takes its inspiration from the endurance racers that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the ground-bound spaceships of Formula 1, rocking aero that looks like it was developed in the future, plus a lightweight, stripped-down attitude that tips the scales at just over 1,000 kg (2,204 pounds). It’s also got a hybrid 6.5-liter V-12 with over 1,100 horsepower, improving on that coveted one-to-one power ratio. Expect a 0-to-60 mph time under 2.5 seconds, as well as a huge amount of downforce to keep it glued to the track.

Read our full review of the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro.

McLaren Senna GTR


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Not to be outdone, McLaren was also in Geneva with its own track-focused supercar this year. It’s called the Senna GTR, one-upping the immensely impressive P1-successor that was revealed last December. Upgrades include more power, and while the Senna GTR might not break the 1,000-horsepower mark (Aston says it’ll still make “at least” 814 ponies), the 1,000 kg (2,205 pounds) of downforce the bodywork can create should cement its position as an absolute terror on any racing circuit.

Read our full review of the 2019 McLaren Senna.

2018 Zenvo TSR-S


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This one is actually street legal, believe it or not. Slotting just below the track-only TSR, the TSR-S (“S” stands for street) offers all the go-fast stuff as its apex-hunting big brother, but in a package you can still take to the mall (legally, at least). Carbon fiber everything and a barebones interior spec underline its sporting intentions, while a trick active rear wing adds even more rear-end stick thanks to a centripetal left-to-right tilt. Making it go is a twin-supercharged V-8 making upwards of 1,177 horsepower, enabling a 0-to-62 mph run in 2.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 202 mph.

Read up even more on the 2018 Zenvo TSR-S

2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport


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You could make the argument that Bugatti is responsible for sparking the modern age of performance excess that we all currently enjoy. You see, back in the early 2000’s, Bug unveiled the Veyron, a quad-turbo 8.0-liter W-16 ocean-of-go making around 1,000 horsepower. The Veyron completely reset the supercar playing field, and now, the French automaker is once again probing the limits of what’s possible on four wheels with the Chiron Sport. Output is rated at 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, the same as the standard Chiron, but the Sport version makes better use of it thanks to improvements to the steering, dampers, and AWD torque vectoring system. The Sport also cuts out around 40 pounds of excess weight. All of this goodness can be had for a cool $3.3 million.

Read even more about the 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport!

Techrules Ren RS


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Now we’re really cooking with gas, or should I say, diesel. The racer you see here is called the Ren RS, and it’s a track-only variant of the cutting-edge Ren street machine released in 2017. This time around, the brains behind its creation stripped it down and beefed it up, prepping it for duty at the circuit with new, more efficient carbon bodywork. It’s also got a diesel micro-turbine powerplant and six electric motors laying out a combined 1,287 horsepower and 1,725 pound-feet of torque.

Read up on all of the finer details of the 2018 Techrules Ren RS.

Rimac Concept Two


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While the Bugatti Chiron Sport represents the ultimate evolution of performance technology from the past, the Rimac C Two represents where we’re headed and the performance of the future. Offered as a follow-up to the incredible Concept One, the C Two is all-electric speed incarnate. The numbers on this things beg belief – 1,914 horsepower and 1,686 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed to the ground via four electric motors and four independent gearboxes. Put your foot down, and you’ll find 60 mph in a scant 1.85 seconds. Keep it pinned to the carpet, and you’ll reach a top speed of 258 mph. And don’t stress too much about range either, because the onboard 120-kWh battery pack can provide enough juice to propel you over 400 miles between plug-ins. When it comes to electron-powered performance innovation (and indeed, performance in general), the C Two is the tip of the spear.

Read our full review on the 2018 Rimac C Two.

PostHeaderIcon Zenvo TSZ

Danish supercar manufacturer Zenvo, which became famous with the ST1, will unveil a new supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. Details about it are still a well-guarded secret, but the company hinted that the yet-unnamed hypercar will follow in the footsteps of the already familiar TS1 GT and TSR models. While Zenvo was quick to describe the new model as “stunning” and state that it expects “even the most demanding of hypercar enthusiasts to be delighted at this latest development,” it refrained from releasing any details whatsoever. Instead, it provided a few close-ups of the vehicle’s carbon-fiber components and some info about how 13 photographers will take and unveil teaser shots up until the big unveiling.

That’s one way to do it I guess.

While the new supercar doesn’t have an official name yet, we took the liberty to christen it the TSZ. Why? Well, with the most extreme model to date called the TSR, we feel that the TSZ badge would work well for next iteration, which should take things up a notch. On the other hand, this car could have a different name altogether, so don’t get upset if the TSZ remains a fantasy car. Stick around for details; we should have more soon.

Continue reading to learn more about the Zenvo TSZ.

Zenvo TSZ Exterior

  • Likely based on TS1
  • Aggressive design
  • Loads of carbon-fiber
  • Race-inspired livery
  • Advanced aerodynamics

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“The new Zenvo will feature a lot of carbon-fiber in the front bumper and an aggressive splitter”

Zenvo released three teaser shots of the new supercar, but all show close-ups of certain areas of the body, so it’s impossible to tell anything about the car’s overall design. What I can gather from these pictures is that it will feature a lot of carbon-fiber in the front bumper, an aggressive splitter, and some sort of carbon stripe with orange accents.

However, there’s a very big chance that the TSZ isn’t much of a mystery. Companies like Zenvo do not develop a whole lot of cars, as it would be way too expensive. Instead, they usually stick with one design for many years and just launch various upgrades. Take the Pagani Zonda for instance, which survived from 1999 to 2017 in various forms, with mild or significant upgrades, depending on the version. But the overall design and layout didn’t change. The same goes for the Koenigsegg CC series. Launched in 2002 as the CC8S, it was updated several times until the final CCXR Edition model was unveiled in 2008.

But there’s a good example right from Zenvo’s backyard. Although promoted as a new model, the TS1 was actually a revised version of the ST1, built from 2009 to 2016. Sure, it had a different engine and revised aerodynamics, but the two cars look very similar. That’s why I think that the TSZ will be an evolution of the TS1. Probably even a road-legal version of the track-only TSR. The teasers suggest a really big splitter anyway, so this new supercar could actually a slightly milder proposition to the TSR. Look for it to sport a different grille, new headlamps, less aggressive bumpers and side skirts, and a smaller rear wing.

Zenvo TSZ Interior

  • Angular design cues
  • State-of-the-art infotainment
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Sports seats

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“It will probably get a few unique cues, a new upholstery configuration, and some details to set it apart”

The interior of the wild TSR was heavily based on the TS1, so if this new supercar also draws cues from the original Zenvo, it should have a similar interior. Of course, it will probably get a few unique cues, a new upholstery configuration, and some details to set it apart, but it will probably be just a fancied-up TS1.

But that shouldn’t be an issue. The TS1 had a nicely crafted cabin that was more than worthy of a world-beating hypercar. Premium appointments were visible all over the place, complemented by plenty of aluminum and carbon-fiber trim. Granted, it wasn’t the craziest interior out there, but the sharp, geometric shapes made it unique. It remains to be seen what kind of updates it will get to the digital instrument cluster and the infotainment system.

Zenvo TSZ Drivetrain

  • Supercharged engine
  • 5.9-liter V-8
  • More than 1,000 horsepower
  • Seven-speed automatic
  • 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds
  • Top speed in excess of 233 mph

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“I’m pretty sure that Zenvo will use the twin-supercharged, 5.9-liter V-8 engine that it introduced with the TS1”

The drivetrain is a bit of a mystery, but I’m pretty sure that Zenvo will use the twin-supercharged, 5.9-liter V-8 engine that it introduced with the TS1 in 2017. It’s unlikely for the Danish frim to revert back to the old, twin-turbo, 6.8-liter V-8. The 5.9-liter V-8 in the TS1 and TSR cranks out a whopping 1,163 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque and there’s a big chance that Zenvo will improve that in the TSZ. But not by much tough, and certainly not well above the 1,200-horsepower mark.

A seven-speed automatic operated by paddle shifts behind the steering wheel should route all that oomph to the wheels. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph should take less than 2.8 seconds, while top speed should at least match the ST1’s 233-mph benchmark. The TS1 GT is reportedly able to hit 250 mph without a limiter, but it remains to be seen is the new supercar can hit more than that. And if Zenvo will be able to prove it outside its testing facility, of course. A Torsen limited-slip differential will be included in the standard package.

Zenvo TSZ Prices


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Pricing is obviously a mystery at this point, but this supercar is definitely of the “if you have to ask than you can’t afford it” variety. With the TS1 GT priced well above the $1 million mark, this new supercar could fetch close to $2 million before options.

Zenvo TSZ Competition

Koenigsegg Agera RS


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Supercars with more than 1,000 horsepower were pretty rare 10 years ago, but there are quite a few models you can purchase nowadays. Given you have the money and you qualify as a potential customer (with Ferrari, you have to own other models to be able to buy one), of course. The first model that comes to mind is the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which is the first on my list because it’s also built in Scandinavia. Assembled a bit farther up north in Sweden, the Agera RS is one of the most potent supercars available. However, it won’t be around for long because the Swedish automaker is building the final units as we speak. Powered by a twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8 engine, the Agera RS cranks out 1341 horsepower and holds a few world record for acceleration, braking, and top speed. The Swedish supercar is the world’s fastest since November 6, 2017, when it hit an average top speed of 277.9 mph, around 10 mph more than the previous record holder, the Bugatti Veyron. The only issue with the Agera RS is that you can’t really by it anymore with the remaining units already sold out.

Read our full review of the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Bugatti Chiron


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No 1,000+ supercar comparison is complete without the Bugatti Chiron, the successor to the already iconic Veyron. Introduced in 2016 with a significantly redesigned body and cabin, the Chiron looks like a natural evolution of the Veyron. It’s more aggressive and aerodynamic on the outside, boasts more luxury inside the cabin, while the quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W-16 engine cranks out more power. The massive mill is now rated at 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, which travels to all four-wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Chiron’s performance figures are impressive to say the least. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is achieved in 2.4 seconds, while sprinting to 186 mph takes 13.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 261 mph for safety reasons, but Bugatti believes that the Chiron will hit around 288 mph. None of the figures above have been tested or verified by an independent authority. Limited to 500 units, the Chiron is priced from nearly $3 million.

Read our full story on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

Conclusion


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The supercar niche isn’t as small as it used to be, but it’s still a very small market compared to mainstream classes. But even so, it’s split in even smaller niches. And Zenvo is part of the tiny segment that includes very small automakers that build cars in very limited numbers. While Koenigsegg managed to get out of it with slightly bigger production runs and more than one model, Zenvo still offers one nameplate at a time. The downside here is that the Danish firm isn’t as famous as Bugatti, for instance, but there’s more exclusivity to be had if you don’t care much about the badge. Of course, if this new supercar sets a few world records and arrives with an impressive design, Zenvo might climb a few steps of the hypercar market ladder. I guess we will find out more at the Geneva Motor Show.

  • Leave it
    • * Not much is known about it
    • * Tough competition

References


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Read our full review on the 2017 Zenvo TS1 GT.


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Read more Zenvo news.


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Read more Geneva Motor Show news.

PostHeaderIcon The Zenvo TS-1 GT Is The Anniversary Supercar Of Our Dreams

Every year, there are always a handful of cars that debut at the Geneva Motor Show that somehow end up as wallpaper in people’s smartphones. I should know because last year, the Lamborghini Centenario occupied prime real estate space in mine. This year, a number of front-runners have emerged, and one of them is the Zenvo TS-1 GT, a commemorative, limited edition model that was developed to celebrate the Danish automaker’s 10th anniversary. And dear Lord, it looks downright amazing to the point that I’m torn on what I like best about the car.

I could point to the way it looks, even if not much of it has changed in recent years. I just think that the ST1 remains one of the most underrated supercars in terms of design and I’m willing to wager that I’m not the only one who has this sentiment. But the TS1 GT is something else entirely different. Maybe it’s the exclusive Fjord Blue paint finish that has made my knees weak. The color is certainly loud, but there’s also a semblance of grace in it. The copper and bronze accenting stripes are also smooth touches because they clash beautifully with the flamboyant exterior color.

I could also point to the fact that the body is made purely of carbon-fiber or the excess in aerodynamic components. And if I’m being honest, there’s something oddly appealing about the instrument surrounds in the interior being made from copper and rhodium. Zenvo says that the interior of the car takes roughly 8,000 man hours to finish. That’s literally 333 days, which is an absurdly long time until you see what the finished product looks like.

Whatever it is about the Zenvo TS1 GT that has me kneeling at its altar, I can say that the supercar deserves all of the accolades it gets. And I haven’t even talked about what it’s capable of.

Speaking of which…

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Zenvo ST1 Spotted in the Wild

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Well, here’s something you don’t see very often. It’s a Zenvo ST1 out and about, on public roads. Somebody has actually bought one! Mind you, this car was snapped in Denmark, so there is a good chance it’s a company car.

Either way, it is good to see the latest Zenvo ST1 out in the wild. Usually we only get to see this Danish beauty in car magazine or TV shows, and often it’s either broken down or on fire. So it’s refreshing to catch one that is nice and intact, and sporting such an amazing color. The ST1 always looked the part, but mechanically, it has never been on the par with the other options available in its price range. The turbocharged and supercharged speed machine is also full of bugs, to use a software analogy, which makes it harder for people to accept it as a fully fledged member of the hyper car club.

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Photos via Gumbal & Kluge Cars

Zenvo ST1 Specs:

Dimensions

  • Overall length (mm) 4665
  • Overall width, without mirrors (mm) 2041
  • Overall height (mm) 1198
  • Ground clearance (when hydraulic lifted) 110mm (160mm)
  • Wheelbase (mm) 3055
  • Weight (kg) 1688
  • Headroom front (mm) 998
  • Legroom front (mm) 1109
  • Shoulderroom front (mm) 1395
Engine
  • Hand build centre mounted 6.8 litre V8 engine.
  • Supercharged & turbocharged
    Light alloy engine block.
    Sequential fuel injection.
    Dry sump lubrication with oil coolers.
    Piston spray oil cooling.
  • Max. power output 1104 hp (810 kW) at 6.900 rpm
  • Max. torque 1430 Nm at 4.500 rpm
  • Top speed (km/h) 375 (electronically limited)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3.0 sec.
  • Hp/weight 654 bhp per tonne
  • Power modes
    Wet (650 hp)
    Sport (850 hp)
    Race (1104 hp)
  • Fuel type Unleaded 98 RON
  • Oil type 5W-30 synthetic racing oil.

Chassis

  • Layout Rear wheel drive
  • Gearbox 7-speed F1 paddle shift with auto mode
  • Diferential Limited slip differential (Torsen)
  • Clutch Two disc 240 mm carbon clutch.

     

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PostHeaderIcon Zenvo ST1

Who would have imagined that the Zenvo ST1, a Danish supercar, would come from a place mostly known for its windmills, pastries and low crime rates? Denmark might be a fantastic country to live in but nobody would have dreamed of it producing a supercar, let alone a devil’s plaything that pumps out 1,104 horsepower.

That power number puts the new Zenvo ST1 in the same league as the Bugatti Veyron and the Koenigsegg CCXR. Amazingly, many have still not heard of this brilliant machine. The concept has been around for a decade and it finally got the green light for production in 2005. In those 10 years, not many news stories have been published around the ST1. (Somebody needs to hire a new marketing team.)

Delays aside, the Zenvo ST1 has arrived. That’s the most important thing to remember for a supercar that promised so much and has finally delivered on those promises. What it’s legacy will be in the years to come has yet to be determined, but for now, let’s just sit back and see what the ST1 does from here.

Continue reading to learn more about the Zenvo ST1.


PostHeaderIcon Another Zenvo ST1 Catches Fire on the Race Track

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We are fairly certain you all remember that episode of Top Gear in which Jeremy Clarkson drove a Zenvo ST1 so hard it caught fire. The Danish super car maker was adamant that it wasn’t the car’s fault, but the conditions in which Top Gear tests high-performance cars. Now another ST1 does the exact same thing and goes up in flames after a few laps, making the people at Zenvo look very, very bad.

It wouldn’t have been such a big deal if Zenvo ST1 was a mid-range sports car or something. But they pitch the damn thing as a Bugatti-rivaling hyper car and sell it for nearly two million dollars. Least they can do for that kind of money is make sure the bolts are properly tightened and the fuel lines are properly installed. But apparently they can’t be bothered. The ST1 is going to depreciate in value faster than it accelerates. Not that anyone would buy one in the first place!

Zenvo ST1 Technical Specs:

  • Max. power: 1104 hp (810 kW) at 6900 rpm
  • Max. torque: 1430Nm at 4500 rpm
  • Top speed: 375 km/h (electronically controlled)
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 3.0 s
  • Dimension
    • Overall length: 4665 mm
    • Overall width, without mirrors: 2041 mm
    • Overall height: 1198 mm
    • Wheelbase: 3055 mm
    • Weight: 1376 kg
    • Headroom front: 1002 mm
    • Legroom front: 1104 mm
    • Shoulderroom front: 1398 mm
    • Cargo volume: 130 l
    • Fuel tank volume: 69 l

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