It pays homage to Hispano Suiza's competition heritage.
At last year's Geneva Motor Show, a historic Spanish coachbuilder called Hispano Suiza was brought back with a retro-styled electric model called the Carmen. With two electric motors sending 1,005 horsepower to the rear wheels, the Carmen could hit 60 mph in less than three seconds but production was limited to just 19 units.
In case you haven't heard, this year's Geneva Motor Show was canceled due to coronavirus, but it hasn't stopped Hispano Suiza from revealing a more hardcore version of the Carmen this week, as it would have otherwise.
Introducing the Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne, a limited edition model that pays homage to the company's competition heritage from the pre-war era. As with many limited edition creations, the Boulogne is the work of a special customization group within Hispano Suiza called the 'Unique Tailormade' department. Think of it as a more luxurious alternative to a Rimac C_Two.
Here are the important figures you should know. The Carmen Boulogne builds on the Carmen's dual electric motor setup but now produces a whopping 1,100 hp (an increase of 95 hp). With the additional power, the Boulogne can now hit 180 mph (up from 155 mph) and reach 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds. Hispano Suiza hasn't just focused on straight-line speed either. The Carmen Boulogne benefits from a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, double-wishbone suspension (front and rear), and electric torque vectoring.
All of this carbon helps keep the weight down to just under 3,600 pounds. As evidence of the weight savings, the carbon fiber is proudly displayed under a clear coat varnish and paired with bronze accents. Like the standard Carmen, we expect the Boulogne to be able to travel nearly 250 miles on a single charge.
Only five examples of the Carmen Boulogne will be built and will be included with 14 examples of the Carmen and Carmen customized models to make up the 19-unit run. Each one will be priced at €1.65 million (approximately $1.835 million, plus taxes) with first customers taking delivery in 2022.