Japan’s First Hypercar Is Finally Here

The 1480kW all-electric Aspark Owl is ready to take off.

By Bryan Hood 06/01/2021

Aspark is looking to start 2021 off with a bang. After spending much of the last four years teasing its all-electric supercar, the Owl, the Japanese company has finally opened up the order books for the groundbreaking EV.

First unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show way back in 2017, the very first hypercar to originate from the Land of the Rising Sun is now officially available for purchase. But if you’re hoping to get your hands on one of the 1480kW speedsters, prepare to act fast because only 50 examples are expected to roll off the line during production.

Aspark Owl hypercar

Aspark Owl hypercar Aspark

Of that limited run, 20 Owls are planned for European market, 20 for Asia and the Middle East and just 10 for North America, according to Autoblog. Making matters a little more difficult than collectors is the fact that Aspark is an industrial engineering firm, meaning that it doesn’t have the dealership network of a traditional automaker.

But while the sales infrastructure surrounding the Owl may be lacking, the car itself continues to sound like a dream. The hypercar still sports the same low profile, McLaren F1-esque design it did in concept form, but its powertrain has undergone a drastic evolution over the years. In 2019, Aspark revealed that the production Owl would be powered by a four electric motor setup that would churn out 1480kW and 2000Nm of torque, making it nearly twice as powerful as originally promised.

Thanks to that engine config, The Owl, which Aspark has teased as the world’s fastest accelerating car, can rocket from zero to 97km/h in just 1.72 seconds and reach a top speed of 400km/h. If all that wasn’t impressive enough, the car’s 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack also means it has a solid 400km range.

Of course, the Owl’s cutting-edge drivetrain, next-level performance and exclusivity mean that it won’t come cheap. Like much of the car, the sticker price has also undergone changes over the last few years. Though Aspark said it expected the car to cost around $4.1 million when the production model made its debut in 2019, it will now start off at approx. $4.58 million. You can apply to buy yours on the company’s website now. Godspeed.

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