Have Hypercars Met Their Nemesis?

Trion Nemesis

It’s time for your Friday dose of extreme unobtainable automobile extravagance.

Today’s example comes from the U.S. state of California, where a 2,000-horsepower hypercar is said to be capable of completing the 0-60 sprint in 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 290 miles per hour.

All that insanity comes from a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8.

Sound too good to be true?

It probably is.

Even if it’s real, the Trion Nemesis will cost somewhere close to $2 million. Plus there’s the discouraging little fact that no one has actually seen it move yet.

The car you see above is being billed as America’s first hypercar, but there are a few problems with that. The car in the photo was shown at a private event during last weekend’s Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, but it’s just a shell. There are no mirrors, the windows are impossibly dark (probably to hide the lack of an interior), and there’s no engine.

Ready to write your check?

Before I start to sound too cynical, it’s perfectly possible that the Nemesis is the real deal and will enter production next year as planned. Some people didn’t think the car would ever make it off a computer screen, so this is at least a step in the right direction.

However, speed and horsepower alone don’t define a hypercar. That designation has thus far been reserved for the likes of the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder. Each of those uses a complex gas/electric hybrid system to deliver power in a refined way that is leaps and bounds ahead of the comparatively ancient twin-turbo V8.

If the Nemesis comes into existence, it would fall into the same category as its American brethren, the SSC Tuatara. It will be a low-volume American supercar for the ultra-wealthy who aren’t able to get their hands on one of those other brand-name hypercars.

I hope Trion succeeds and builds a car that blows away the hypercars on the market, but I won’t hold my breath for that to happen.

Assuming you were incredibly wealthy, would you spend your $2 million on the Trion Nemesis, or a more established hypercar?

-tgriffith

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