Premium Historic Brand Launches PHEV Hypercar

A historic premium car brand plans to make its return to vehicle production with a PHEV hypercar.

Established in 1899, Austro Daimler was a significant Austro-Hungarian automaker that became a subsidiary of Daimler before the name plate ended with the sale of the Puch bicycle business in 1987. Now it’s back with a back promising a superfast sports car capable of matching any hypercar currently on the market.

Its new ‘Bergmeister’ ADR 630 Shooting Grand sports a long, sweeping bonnet, short rear overhang and gullwing doors based on a lightweight aluminum space frame. This allows a curb weight of 3,637lbs despite its sizable road presence being 15ft long, 6.8ft wide and with a wheelbase of 8.65ft. At its heart is the Seripa Performance hybrid three electric motor powertrain which combines with the Mercedes-AMG GT 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder gasoline engine to generate 1,198bhp and 1,180ft-lbs of torque.

Performance is a claimed 0-62mph sprint time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 200mph. The electric motors claim most of the power with each producing 271bhp and provided energy from a 55-kilowatt lithium-ion battery. The battery can be loaded with up to 150 kW charging power producing a claimed electric only range of up to 150 miles. The car was unveiled at the 14th Salon Privé in Windsor, UK.

ADR 630 Shooting Grand, project manager, Roland Stagl, said: “When we were developing the vehicle, our overriding concern was to capture the spirit of the original Bergmeister and to translate this into the future, just as if the brand never ceased to exist. Considering the ethos and values of the brand and acknowledging its position as a true automotive innovator, led us to design the Shooting Grand with what we like to describe as innovation by tradition.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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