GAC Aion has started delivering its Hyper SSR electric supercar in China, which boasts an eye-watering 0-100km/h sprint time and a surprisingly low price.
The electric supercar features an all-wheel drive system with outputs of 900kW of power and 1230Nm of torque, though GAC Aion boasts peak torque of 12,000Nm at the wheel.
All this power is enough to propel the Hyper SSR from 0-100km/h in a claimed 2.3 seconds for the base spec, and 1.9 seconds for the two higher-spec models.
The Hyper SSR’s top speed is 250km/h.
For contrast, Rimac claims its electric Nevera supercar can manage the same feat in 1.97 seconds.
This power is supplied by a 74.69kWh ternary lithium battery pack that gives the Hyper SSR a claimed range of 506km under the Chinese CLTC cycle. GAC Aion claims the Hyper SSR uses 16.7kWh per 100km.
It would be reasonable to expect a massive price tag for all this performance, yet the Hyper SSR is available from just under 1.286 million yuan (approximately A$275,000) in base guise, extending to 1.686 million yuan (A$365,000) for the Ultimate Track Edition.
It’s produced on a special “island” production line, with only one Hyper SSR rolling down the line each day.
The company also boasts its electric motors, battery, and even the tyres are all developed and manufactured in China.
The Hyper SSR features full carbon-fibre construction, though the company hasn’t specified a kerb weight.
The company brags the Hyper SSR’s chassis torsional rigidity is rated at 50,475Nm/degree, a figure it says is bested only by the Bugatti Chiron (60,000Nm/degree) and bests the likes of the Lamborghini Revuelto (40,000Nm/degree).
The Hyper SSR features double wishbone suspension front and rear with adjustable dampers, and all models get an e-LSD and carbon-ceramic brakes.
The top-spec model also benefits from a “specially” tuned chassis and exterior styling to enhance the Hyper SSR’s track credibility.
A 14.6-inch infotainment screen dominates the interior, complemented by an 8.88-inch LCD display in front of the driver.
The occupants are treated to an interior with plenty of soft-touch leather surfaces, and heated and cooled leather bucket seats.
Initially, the Hyper marque was positioned under the GAC Aion umbrella, but later was spun off into its own brand. However, Car News China says Hyper-branded vehicles can still be found in GAC Aion dealerships across China.
The Hyper SSR significantly undercuts its closest European rivals by a healthy margin, with the Rimac Nevera, Pininfarina Battista and Lotus Evija all costing more than A$2 million.
Its most well-known rival, the Rimac Nevera, uses a 120kWh battery pack that powers motors generating 1408kW of power and 1740Nm.
The Hyper SSR isn’t the only high-performance electric vehicle (EV) coming out of China.
BYD has revealed its Yangwang U9, with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 2.0 seconds. The company hasn’t released details specifications for its electric sports car.