The Tesla Roadster is being tamed by this Chinese electric car

The Aion brand, owned by the Chinese group GAC, has just unveiled its first supercar. Called Hyper SSR, it shows very high performance and will be the fastest Chinese car on the market.

Today, Chinese manufacturers are entering the current market. We are of course thinking of MG, marketed in France since 2019 and which has just formalized the European version of its compact MG 4. But other brands continue their development, like BYD, which also plans to conquer Europe with three models or even Nio and Xpeng . But if the Asian firms were rather known for their affordable cars, they are now starting to launch themselves in the sports segment, like Hongqi and its S9 or MG and its Cyberster roadster.

An unexpected partnership

Now it’s another brand’s turn to enter this booming market. This is Aion, founded in 2018 and part of the Chinese group GAC. If until then it has only marketed sedans and SUVs, it is now unveiling its very first supercar during an event organized in China and reported by Car News China. The sports car, which bears the name Hyper SSR, then shows quite attractive lines, imbued with a certain sobriety compared to some of its rivals, especially European ones. It will be noticed the body is made of carbon fiber, a material also found in the rear diffuser. The sports car is also equipped with a mobile spoiler and motorized butterfly doors, which close by pressing the brake pedal. A technology that is already used at Tesla, but also on the Mercedes EQS.

On board, the presentation is quite simplistic, as in most supercars on the market. Then we find one 14.8-inch touchscreen installed in the center of the driver’s position, complemented by an 8.8-inch digital instrument panel. Two people can then take a seat, in sports seats, whose structure also appears to be made of carbon fiber. If we still know very little about the technologies embedded in this Hyper SSR, Car News China informs us that Aion is collaborating with the Chinese Space Agency to develop innovative materials and new artificial intelligence systems. These can then be found in future models of the Hyper series.

Incredible performance

But what particularly interests us here is above all the technical data sheet of this new Aion Hyper SSR. This then embeds a 100% electric motor that develops no less than 1,225 horsepower to 12,000 Nm of torque. A cavalry that then allows it to achieve 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.9 seconds in its most efficient version. An impressive figure which, according to the brand, corresponds to an acceleration of 1.7 G, but which is still far from the 1.1 seconds Tesla has promised for the 2nd generation of its Roadster, still under development. The Chinese supercar also comes in an entry-level variant, which then completes the same exercise in 2.3 seconds. With such performance, this newcomer is simply the fastest Chinese production car in the world.

But it is also the most expensive. Take effect, it takes 1.286 million Yuan, or about 183,949 euros for the basic version, while the most efficient version starts from 1,686 million yuan, which is equivalent to about 241,164 euros. If the information regarding the recharging has not been revealed by the manufacturer, the CNEVPost site points out that the sports car is equipped with a 900 volt architecture. The first deliveries will begin in October 2023but nothing has been said yet about marketing in Europe.


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