2,012 hp; 2,000 Nm; 0-100 km/h in 1.9 seconds
Japanese tech firm Aspark‘s first car ‘Owl’ is now available to purchase, with prices starting at €2,900,000. Of the planned 50 units in total, the company said that 20 units are allocated for Europe and 20 are for the Middle East and Asia. Meaning, the remaining 10 are for North America.
The production version made its debut in Dubai in November 2019 and was also scheduled to be showcased at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but we all know what happened to 2020. Anyway, the design gives me McLaren-ish vibes from certain angles, and from the side, especially the rear haunches and wheel design, the Owl reminds me of a Porsche, but I’ll leave that for you to analyze. The active rear wing sits flush with the rear-end, making the car look super clean.
Most of the car is made of carbon fibre (body and chassis), obviously, but since the Owl is a BEV, its dry weight is still at 1,900 kg (4,189 lbs). The front and rear wheels measure 20- and 21-inches, respectively, wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R mixed-size tyres. Braking duties are handled by carbon-ceramic discs.
The cockpit features a curved instrument pod with a digital driver display flanked by what appears to be external camera displays. The flat-bottom steering wheel has several buttons to control important functions such as headlights, wipers and media. The centre stack with a portrait-style touchscreen has been angled towards the driver. There’s a rear Camera Mirror System (CMS) to compensate for the lack of a rear windscreen.
As for the business end of the story, the Owl has four electric motors, developing a combined 1,480 kW (2,012 metric hp) and 2,000 Nm (1,475 lb-ft) of torque. Aspark claims the Owl to be the fastest accelerating car in the world, with a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 1.9 seconds. Its top speed is claimed to be 400 km/h (248 mph). Its 64 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is claimed to deliver a range of up to 450 km (280 mi) as per NEDC. Download the brochure here.
The Owl will be manufactured by Manifattura Automobili Torino in Turin, Italy.