Zenvo Confirms Compact Hypercar Expansion, Excludes EVs

Zenvo's Ingenious Engine Design Revolutionizes Hypercar Possibilities

by Nouman Rasool
Zenvo Confirms Compact Hypercar Expansion, Excludes EVs

In the realm of high-performance hypercars, Zenvo has declared its intentions loud and clear. The Danish automaker, renowned for pushing boundaries, recently introduced the world to its latest masterpiece - the Zenvo Aurora.

This monstrous creation is fueled by a quad-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine, complemented by an electric assist system, resulting in an astonishing output of up to 1,850 horsepower. However, the Aurora's supremacy doesn't stop there; it boasts a remarkable top speed of 280 miles per hour.

What's truly remarkable is that this extraordinary power is packaged within Zenvo's lightest car ever, boasting a claimed dry weight of just 3,197 pounds, courtesy of its carbon fiber monocoque chassis. Yet, the Aurora is merely the first step in Zenvo's strategic roadmap, one that envisions a lineage of hypercars emanating from its innovative carbon monocoque foundation.

Christian Brandt, the Head of Zenvo Design and a veteran of the company since its inception, divulged the company's ambitions. Already underway is the development of a smaller, relatively more affordable hypercar, which will inherit much of the Aurora's DNA.

Brandt shared, "We can use this monocoque for other projects…the next product down the line is what we call a junior hypercar, so it will be smaller, more compact, [and at a] lower price point." With the Aurora's price tag set at $3 million, this upcoming iteration is projected to be priced between $1.8 to $2.0 million, appealing to a broader spectrum of hypercar enthusiasts.

Versatile Modular Engine Drives Zenvo's Vision

Beyond the monocoque chassis, Zenvo is harnessing the versatility of its newly designed 90-degree "hot-V" engine. This modular powerplant could potentially underpin various Zenvo models, offering different configurations by adjusting the number of cylinders and turbos.

Brandt elaborated, "The engine is also designed with modularity in mind…we can do a V8, we can do a V6…if you cut it down and just have two turbos and six cylinders." However, amidst the high-octane ambitions, Zenvo remains steadfast in its stance against electric hypercars.

While the Aurora does feature an EV drive mode with a range of approximately 22 miles, Brandt affirmed that Zenvo's discerning clientele steers clear of an all-electric hypercar. This puts Zenvo in contrast to competitors like Rimac Nevera and Pininfarina Battista, who are championing electrification.

Brandt stated, "We know our clients…for sure not electric. They don't want electric." For well-heeled aficionados eagerly awaiting the Zenvo Aurora, patience is key. Production of this hypercar is expected to commence around 2026.

Zenvo plans to craft 50 units of the road-focused Tur variant and another 50 units of the track-centric Agil model. With a starting price of roughly $2.8 million in the US (€2.6 million), this hypercar promises to be a blend of raw power, cutting-edge engineering, and Zenvo's distinct legacy of innovation.