Would you be willing to risk paying that for an unproven hypercar?
We’ve been following the progress of the Aspark Owl hypercar for quite some time now. After the concept debuted at Frankfurt last year, it returned to the 2018 Paris Auto Show where new details were revealed about the Japanese electric hypercar.
If you want to own one, Aspark is now accepting orders for the Owl, but you’ll need to pay a hefty deposit of $1.15 million - that's about a third of the way towards the $3.6 million price tag. If that didn't already make you shudder, the deposit is non-refundable and you won’t even be able to test drive it for at least another year before deliveries start in the middle of 2020. Despite this, Bloomberg reports that Aspark is confident it can sell all 50 units it intends to build.
The car’s power output has also been significantly increased. While the concept was powered by two 40kW electric motors sending a combined 429 hp and 563 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, Aspark is now claiming the Owl has at least 1,150 hp and 653 lb-ft of torque.
Thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber in its construction, it also has a dry weight of around 3,300 pounds. Back in February, a prototype of the Owl accelerated from 0-62 mph time in 1.89 seconds on racing tires, but Aspark is confident the production version will do the same sprint with street tires in 1.99 seconds. The company also claims the Owl will hit a top speed of 174 mph and deliver an electric range of 186 miles on a full charge.
These are all bold claims, but the Aspark Owl is facing some stiff competition from more established manufacturers like Tesla, Rimac and Pininfarina. These companies are producing electric hypercars that are cheaper, have similar sprint times, and higher top speeds. We can’t imagine many people will want to risk paying a $1.15 million deposit for an unproven hypercar, but we're keen to see how it progresses in the future.