Written by Thembani Magazi – February 16, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
1048hp sounds like a thrilling ride to any motoring enthusiast. Imagine that kind of power shared between you, the driver, and 3 passengers, to experience the joy ride with you. This is the preposition by Naran Automotive — an ambitious startup aiming to take the hypercar market by storm with a unique offering: a four-seater sports car in the vein of a Koenigsegg Gemera. A “hyper-coupé” if you will, bringing the adrenalin rush to four passengers instead of just two. This is the Naran hypercar, set for market release in 2022.
The brainchild of Indian-Zimbabwean entrepreneur Ameerh Naran, the car will have a limited run of only 49 units, all priced at around 1 million euros. Such a premium price tag is to be expected for such a high performing machine. Let’s take a look at some of those juicy performance stats.
Motorsport company Racing Dynamics is responsible for delivering the engine. Beneath the hood – a powerful 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with the head-turning 1048hp and 764lb ft of torque, with the entirety of the latter arriving at 3000rpm.
Taking BMW’s 4.4-litre engine block (as seen in the latest M5 and M8 models) as its base, almost every component is upgraded, although details on what, where and how are scarce at the moment. The ZF’s eight-speed automatic transmission will deliver drive to all four wheels. Optionally, if the multi-plate clutch in the central transfer case is disengaged, to the rear wheels alone. To facilitate this kind of adjustability, Naran Automotive’s car will use BMW-sourced axle drive units.
Ultimately, Naran plans to test the car’s performance on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which will include an attempt at the lap record for road-legal front-engined cars. Naran Automotive has a deal in place with BMW Motorsport, which will supply key elements of the package before they are upgraded, in some cases extensively.
The monocoque is shared with the 8 Series, which is why the glasshouse of the Naran is identical to that of BMW’s flagship coupé. Much of the rest — including the subframes, which will allow the engine to sit low and tucked right up to the bulkhead — is reportedly bespoke. Each of the 49 models will also apparently have its own name, something borrowed from the world of superyachts.
"We’ve had a fair amount of [customer] commitment already," said C.E.O Naran, without disclosing any specific figures. "In general, those people already have a Pagani, Bugatti and Koenigsegg in their collection." The design for The Naran is conducted with the help of Jowyn Wong, the visionary behind the aggressive Apollo IE and the beautiful De Tomaso P72.
Auto Trendy’s take:
The Naran hypercar is something to look forward to in 2022. The car is brimming with track potential and is set to make waves in the automotive arena if it successfully completes its bid to be the fastest front-engined car. Only 49 will go into production with bespoke options making this particular offering highly sought after and exclusive, in line with brands like Rolls Royce and Bentley — who we have written about at Automotive Trendy before. Artful design and sheer driving pleasure are big promises a marque has to fulfil to buyers and so far, it’s looking good. We are curious to see just how much of BMW’s iconic motorsport DNA will reveal itself when the car is released.