Video: Kepler Motion, an 800-horsepower hybrid, takes to the street
American supercar plans to tackle Porsche 918 Spyder, but only 50 will be made.
We did not know there was an American supercar capable, at least on screen, of competing with either of these two. It's called the Kepler Motion.
Before this week, we had never heard of Kepler Motors, a California startup that has been developing its own hybrid supercar since 2009. Named after 17th-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who studied planetary motion at the dawn of modern physics, Kepler Motors is out to build just 50 cars. It hasn't named a price, and we have no idea how much fuel the car will save over a traditional supercar. What we do know is that it packs 800 horsepower, all-wheel drive, a claimed zero-to-60 time of less than 2.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 200 mph.
A twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 -- the same one found in the F-150 and Taurus -- sits behind the driver with a boatload more boost. Instead of the stock 355 horsepower, it's now a monstrous 550. While that engine drives the rear wheels, two electric motors making an additional 250 horsepower drive the front. It's a similar setup to the 918, although Porsche uses a V8 and drenches it in racing technology we can't come to understand.
Can this new American exotic -- with a few wide body-panel gaps as seen in the video below -- really beat established European automakers making the best of the insanely best cars in the world? We hope Kepler can at least match them, especially if it gets the backing to build more than a few dozen cars.
Nice car but hate the color and with only 50 being made I wouldn't be able to buy it and it wouldn't get good enough gas mileage to make up the difference LOL.
We'll see if it ever makes it to market. Fisker has been trying to get its Karma into regular production and has realized how difficult that is. Still though, kudos to Kepler for bringing another supercar into a world increasingly filled with pussified, ball-less wonders driving around in their Priuses and backing up traffic, while smugly feeling they are "saving the world"....lol! Stupid fools never understand that their coal-fired power plants emit thousands of times more pollutants than a million cars ever will.
And yeah...bring on that Porsche we've been drooling over!
Wouldn't it be something to accellerate to 60mph in 21/2 seconds only to be caught in the endless loop of redlights in city traffic! That is if you happen to be at the front of the line! At least you will be stylin' while you await for the next green light!
In as much as I like the looks of the car, I would rather have something a lil' more practicle. Then again, I would never be able to afford a car such as this.so I am stuck with my 14 year old SUV.
EXPLORE NEW CARS
MORE ON MSN AUTOS
ABOUT EXHAUST NOTES
Cars are cool, and here at MSN Autos we love everything about them, but we also know they're more than simply speed and style: a car is an essential tool, a much-needed accessory to help you get through your day-to-day life. What you drive is also one of the most important investments you can make, so we'll help you navigate your way through the car buying and ownership experiences. We strive to be your daily destination for news, notes, tips and tricks from across the automotive world. So whether it's through original content from our world-class journalists or the latest buzz from the far corners of the Web, Exhaust Notes helps you make sense of your automotive world.
Have a story idea? Tip us off at email@example.com.