GAC made headlines at the 2022 Guangzhou Auto Show by revealing the brand-new Aion Hyper GT. It is the second production model in the “Hyper” lineup following the Aion Hyper SSR supercar. It sits on a new EV-dedicated architecture featuring clever solutions making it “the world’s lowest wind resistance production car”.
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According to GAC, the design is inspired by a water-drop shaped by the wind. As for the surfacing, the designers claim it looks like “liquid metal”. The team was able to achieve an impressive world-beating drag coefficient of 0.19 cd in the production-spec Aion Hyper GT. For the sake of comparison, the GAC Aion Hyper GT has less drag than the Mercedes-Benz EQS (0.20 cd), the Tesla Model S (0.208 cd), and the Lucid Air (0.21 cd).
The design is characterized by a low-slung silhouette, a long wheelbase, short overhangs, and 19-inch wheels. The fascia adopts a grille-less look, while what GAC calls a “Wind Blade Grille” located at the lower bumper, an intake opens up at a certain speed in order to reduce drag. Active aerodynamics can also be found at the back, where a rear wing deploys automatically at speeds over 80 km/h.
There are “electrode headlights” that feature pulse LED graphics, and the same applies to the “red crystal taillights” with an elongated shape. One of the main highlights of the Hyper GT is the Sky Doors at the front which open upwards, thanks to a “dihedral synchro-helix actuation technology” whereas conventional doors are there for the rear passengers.
Unfortunately, not many photos of the interior were available but from the glass roof which merges with the greenhouse under the floating pillars, we can see a large infotainment screen on the dashboard, a digital instrument cluster, and a 5-seat configuration. The Aion Hyper GT that premiered at the Guangzhou Auto Show looked like a finished product that is ready for production, and the open doors suggest we might get detailed images of the cabin quite soon.
The Aion Hyper GT comes equipped with a large number of sensors including cameras, radars, LiDAR, and infrared technology. The hardware is mounted on the front bumper, roof, mirrors, and fenders, hinting at a sophisticated ADAS package.
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Riding on AEP3.0 EV-dedicated architecture, the GAC Aion Hyper GT is expected to be available with single and dual electric motors. GAC said that the single rear-mounted motor produces 335 hp (250 kW) of power and 434 Nm of torque, allowing a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just under the 4-second range. The battery pack, the capacity of which is unknown as of yet, is said to be compatible with ultra-fast charging of up to 480kW and boasts battery-swapping technology.
The GAC Aion Hyper GT
More information about the Aion Hyper GT including its performance, range figures, interior technology, and the launch date is expected to be available in the near future. Hopefully, the model will be available in other markets outside China as a legit competitor to the Tesla Model 3. Pricing has not been disclosed but if the rumors are true, the Hyper GT could start from around 300,000 yuan (around $43,400).
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