Boutique American brand Laffite has detailed its new mould-breaking supercar.
The world first all-terrain supercar, dubbed the Laffite G-Tec X-Road, combines manic on-road performance with extreme off-road prowess. The company is also offering a fully-electric version. The brand claims this combo is the first of its kind.
Conventional supercar makers have started to produce some ultra high-powered SUVs that could in theory head off-road.
Lamborghini’s Urus is the most well known, while the coming Aston Martin DBX and Ferrari SUV to be called Purosangue will provide some stiff competition.
But you better be prepared to pay for the privilege. Prices start at $US465,000 ($680,000) for the petrol-powered X-Road and $US545,000 ($796,000). In Australia the car would potentially $200,000 more than that once shipping and local taxes, including the Luxury Car Tax, are added.
The Los Angeles based company uses a General Motors V8 engine that makes about 350kW and 575Nm, however, buyers have the option of bolting on a supercharger that boosts power to 537kW. This engine in a different tune powered several versions of the last Holden Commodore. The car’s top speed is limited to 230km/h.
While the power outputs aren’t what you’d usually see associated with a supercar, the X-Road weighs only 1300kg, which pushes the car’s power to weight ratio into supercar territory.
The zero-emissions version uses a 60kWh battery that provides up to 322km of range. Performance figures are impressive with 350kW and a top speed of 220km/h.
However, the electric set-up does add significant weight, with the EV weighing more than 1600kg.
Laffite has done some serious work to make the car as much of a force off the road as it is on the bitumen.
The company has fitted the vehicle with some serious suspension that is capable of up to 17-inches of movement. And giant tyres with deep tread provides ample grip on loose surfaces.
However, in a confusing move the car will only be two-wheel drive, which goes against the car’s off-road focus.
The compnay also specialises in custom luxury interiors.
Laffite is only planning to build 30 examples and is taking international orders, too.
Originally published as ‘World first’ for $800,000 supercar