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Zenvo supercar makes its U.S. debut

There will be no car clubs for this $1.3 million new supercar. Only 15 Danish-built ST1s will be built, and only three sold to the U.S.


This month Danish automotive start-up Zenvo brought its first supercar to the U.S. for a cross-country tour to peddle its wares. The ST1 is a limited-edition sports car with a hefty price tag, and some impressive stats to back it up.

Zenvo equipped the ST1 with a turbocharged and supercharged 7.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 1,104 horsepower, and 1,430 pound-feet of torque. The mid-engine sports car comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but an F1-style seven-speed transmission with paddle shifters is also an option.

As far as supercars go, the Zenvo ST1 won't be the fastest on the track. Disenchanted by the constraints required for aerodynamic design, engineers opted to skip the wind tunnel exercise to preserve their vision for the exterior body. Instead, they went with form over function and called the electronically limited 233 mph top speed good. For comparison's sake, the Bugatti Veyron has a top speed of 253 mph, and Hennessey's Venom GT maxes out at 275. Another reason Zenvo isn't chomping at the bit to push the speed envelope further is because its Michelins are guaranteed safe only up to that speed.

But is 233 mph enough for a sports car with a $1.3 million price tag? For some drivers, it will be more than enough.

During the West coast leg of Zenvo's tour, which was attended by automotive enthusiast Jay Leno, an unnamed journalist introduced the ST1 to a corner at the Willow Springs race track, damaging the vehicle for the rest of the day. The incident was reported by lifestyle blog Lost in a Supermarket, which also attended the track event.

The injured ST1 was only a prototype. Zenvo reportedly will build only 15 ST1s, and will sell only 3 to the U.S., according to Lost in a Supermarket. Perhaps even less if we don't treat the cars properly.

Source: Lost in a Supermarket