Opinion: Deus Vayanne Electric Hypercar manages to make 2,200 hp look as exciting as 20 hp


The award for the fastest, most powerful and most expensive car on display at this year’s NYIAS show should go to the 2,201 hp (2,231 PS) Deus Vayanne electric supercar. So why would I want to give her a second dose because she’s more boring?

Here’s why: Deus seems to have forgotten that there’s more to a supercar than performance. Everyone loves sleeping when it’s a sedan or wagon, but the weird two-seater millionaire whose main selling points are a funky set of taillights and a power profile that looks crazy now, but will undoubtedly look ordinary when you can actually buy one, is missing The trick is in our opinion.

I remember the time around 2009 when my colleagues from Car Magazine and I were invited to watch the still-secret MP4-12C at the McLaren Technology Center months before its public reveal. When Head of Design Frank Stevenson, who was recruited into the project late in the day and was only able to make small changes to an already completed design, pulled the covers off, we were shocked by their cute appearance.

As McLaren’s first road car since the legendary F1, the 12C was a massive deal for the newly minted McLaren Automotive. However, it looked really old, and was still two years away from showrooms, as was the Vayanne, which wasn’t due to be ready until 2025. McLaren quickly corrected its mistake, and the 720S eventually replaced 12 The CC (or the 650S it’s been updated to) is bold, innovative and distinctive, and there are three characteristics that are completely absent on the Vayanne.

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Despite drawing on the design talents of legendary design house Ital Design, the Austrian newcomer to the Deus supercar has ended up with a car that looks almost unforgettable. Have you ever wanted to know what happened to the Ferrari 458 when you retired from the game, stopped working out, and turned into an angry old man? Take a look at Vayan’s bloated front end for your answer.

The middle section is thick and flabby as well. Electric vehicles are heavy on design under the skin, but the best electric vehicle exteriors work hard to hide that. The Vayanne’s No. The only thing impressive about it is the idea of ​​an infinity-loop backlight, although it’s much less interesting than the rear of the conceptually similar Lotus Evija. Isn’t it somewhat similar to Zuckerburg and Co’s new Meta logo? Don’t buy one of these and get upset if people ask you if this is the new Facebook car.

I’d go with Deus, but to be fair, steer clear of the known names, and the world is full of incredibly derivative supercars whose design in no way matches the excitement you generate when you’re behind the wheel. Rimack Never? It may be the fastest accelerating production car in the world, but my heartbeat remains slow and steady when I look at it.

The emerging supercar world is similar to the Korean auto industry 15 or 20 years ago. Hyundai and Kia struggled to create brand identities and often relied on copying designs from established players to come up with their own design language.

The Vayanne might be great to drive, and with an all-new electric platform from Williams Advanced Engineering that puts out 2,201 hp (2,231 PS) output it hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 1.99 seconds, and to a top speed of 248 miles per hour (400 km / h), it will almost certainly not be boring from the driver’s seat.

But where’s the stage, wow factor, sizzling rock star? You might not like the way the hydrogen-powered Hyperion XP-1 (pictured below) looks, but at least those bases are covered, and they prove that it’s possible to create a supercar that doesn’t look like a bad copy of each other’s supercar.

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Hyperion XP-1 has a unique character that Deus Vayanne lacks

You might argue that you wouldn’t care what the car looked like if it was as fast as Vayanne claims. But I would argue that getting the design right is more important now than it has ever been. It’s very difficult to use the full performance potential of a car at half that power output, and it will likely become even more difficult with future constraints on our speed and control.

Moreover, it will be difficult for manufacturers to make the giant performance leaps we saw in the past when cars like the McLaren F1, Bugatti Veyron and Rimac Nevera opened new chapters about performance in the supercar book. Like Olympians pursuing 100-meter glory, future 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) records will likely be shaved, not cut, and few automakers will bother trying to exceed 300 mph. (483 km/h) like Bugatti did with the Super Sport 300+.

That is why it is so important to get the right design inside and out. Bugatti is known for the speed of its cars, but the least talked about, although no less important, is the emphasis on the quality of the materials. If you’re lucky enough to sit inside the Chiron, you’ll notice almost no visible plastic. Each surface is covered with leather or composite, each button is made of metal. The steering wheel is carved from a solid piece of aluminum alloy, for heaven’s sake.

And when you’re cruising through city traffic on your way to the casino in Monaco, unable to use more than 30 of your 1,479 hp (1,500 hp) W16, it’s the quality of the Chiron that will remind you because it’s a good idea to spend your palace money on a game.

Contrast that with Vayanne’s interior, which glows unconventionally far away, certainly delivers on the promise of those exterior lines. Low-volume manufacturers have traditionally relied on parts from big OEMs because they are more cost-effective than tooling to make custom components, but buyers at this price level certainly wouldn’t expect to jump into what’s likely to be a 3+ million dollar car and face Key set and instrument cluster from a BMW 50 thousand dollars. And why does the entire cabin look like the interior of a sedan?

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The BMW key set in Vayanne’s interior spoils the image of luxury

Deus says he only makes 99 Vayanne models, and you can bet there will be enough uber-rich people to buy a production run. But it seems to us that this is a car that was built by some great minds and features some great technology in the form of that Williams platform that has been let down by a lack of imagination.

But we may be wrong. What do you think of Deus and his contemporaries of the new age supercars? Leave a comment and let us know.

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