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Thursday, August 13, 2015

2,000-HP “American Hypercar” Concept in Open for the First Time


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Last year, we brought you news of a supposed “American hypercar.” It is called the Trion Nemesis, and is claimed to make 2000 horsepower, but at the time all we had was a set of specs, and some pretty computer renderings. Well it appears the Nemesis is finally here for real. Sort of.
It may no longer be vaporware, but it would be hard to call the model of the Trion Nemesis an actual runner. It is more of an in-real-life proof of the concept drawings. Supercar owner gained access to this private event in California where the Nemesis was shown. Here’s what the car looks like:

It certainly has striking appearance, backed by staggering stats. The car is said to make 2,000 horsepower, derived from a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8. That power is said to give it a 0-60 time of just 2.8 seconds, on its way to a claimed top speed of 290 mph. All this power and speed will come with the staggering price of $1.6 million to 2.2 million for a limited edition model.

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But if that is too rich for your blood, or you don’t think you can handle the two grand in horsepower, Trion is going to offer a Nemesis N1-GT with a mere 1,400 horsepower. There will also be an open top model—both will be cheaper than the 2,000-horsepower model.

It might have an eye-catching design and a supremely high output (even in toned-down form), but could you really call the Nemesis a hypercar in 2015? The power is produced with rather crude means, compared to the hybrid drivetrains of cars like the Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and Ferrari LaFerrari. A modern hypercar is not just capable of incredible power and speed, but that speed is generated through a more refined method than what produced speed in the last century of the automobile.

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But time will tell if this car actually becomes a running prototype, and if so, how it will hold up against these modern hypercars from around the world.