After releasing a pumped-up electric supercar version of Carmen two years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, Hispano Suiza is unleashing another new cool car in the automotive scene, the Carmen Boulogne. It’s an electric supercar named after the founder’s granddaughter, Carmen Mateu.
For a while now, the Spanish brand was out of the automotive picture. But two years ago, they showed up at Geneva Motor Show and left the media and attending guests marveled with Carmen: an electric fast car. The design of this beautiful posh car was not only stunning but unique as well. With that said, let’s dive deeper into what makes this supercar an obsession to many enthusiasts.
The Powertrain Powering Carmen Boulogne Supercar
Carmen Boulogne gets power from four permanent-magnet synchronous engines mounted in pairs of two on each of the rear wheels. Each engine controls its torque levels through a sophisticated vectoring system developed from the expertise gained from Formula E. Altogether; engines generate 1,100 hp and 1,600 Nm of torque, which allows the posh car to deliver astonishing acceleration. And yet, the power and traction output seem endless.
The car lithium-ion polymer battery produces a maximum of 80kWh. This power allows the electric fast car to develop up to 400 km of drive range. Besides, the battery design includes a temperature control system that ensures cells operate at optimal levels. It charges faster than an 80 kW DC and needs 30 minutes to charge from 30%-80% when using a CCS2 fast charger. Other charging options are CHAdeMO and GB/T.
Apart from sheer power, the carmaker tweaked the electric supercar to be quicker and more responsive on the track. They also stiffened both the front and rear double-wishbone to make the carbon monocoque stronger. The curb weight drop of 60 kg played a role in reducing the speed time. Thus, Carmen Boulogne takes less than 2.6 seconds to speed up from zero to 62 mph (100km/h). Its top speed is 180 mph (290 km/h).
The Interior and Body Design of Carmen Boulogne
Carmen Boulogne borrows a lot from her predecessor, Carmen. But in contrast, her cabin features a suede or black Alcantara instead of refined, luxurious wood trim like in Carmen. Similarly, they replaced the chrome trims with anodized metal. Which now displays a striking orange tulipwood color that resembles the outside copper trim.
This posh car comes with an exquisite interior with a luxurious blend of contemporary design cues. For example, the inside displays a combination of premium materials like the finest leather and Alcantara. The two play a role in trimming the power-adjustable composite seats, roof lining, and door panels. All the upholstery was hand-sewn and hand-trimmed at the carmaker in-house assembly facility in Barcelona.
The dashboard features a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, an audio system, and a Swiss clock sourced from an unidentified Spanish watchmaker. Whereas the steering wheel spokes contain controls that operate both smartphones and multimedia. Through the screen, owners or occupants can make infotainment selection and configure settings with ease. Plus, it gives visual feedback from the rear camera.
Hispano Suiza built the entire body of Carmen Boulogne with carbon fiber and remains visible underneath the undercoat. It further emphasizes its natural sportiness while preserving Carmen’s timeless elegance. The company’s iconic figure, “the fowl,” appears on different parts of this vehicle: the taillight and near side mirrors. The headlights are semi-circular and feature an aggressive scowl, plus an imposing copper-colored grill.
Above all, the electric supercar comes with a dedicated mobile App. Owners can use it to operate lights, set cabin temperature, set the alarm, and track the charge status.
Asking Price of Hispano Suiza
Hispano Suiza is only building five units of Carmen Boulogne. So, if you desire to own one, you better be ready to spend $1.84 million, exclusive of taxes. Meanwhile, check out these electric cars.
To Sum Up
The new electric supercar, Carmen Boulogne, pays homage to the competitive legacy of the automaker. Its body design derives substantial credit from her siblings. For instance, the fast car rides on an expertly engineered chassis and a well-advanced powertrain. And on top of that, the model looks sportier and classier.
Without a doubt, it will be a perfect fit for those who want cool cars that add glamor to their already glamorous lifestyle.