Austro Daimler concept is a 1200hp PHEV

This dramatic-looking thing is the Austro Daimler concept. It’s yet another electrified supercar from a start-up company making ambitious claims and has a very long name. Ready? It’s called Austro Daimler Bergmeister ADR 630 Shooting Grand. Phew!

The powertrain is based around a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 engine usually found in Mercedes-AMG 43 models. Added to it is a plug-in-hybrid system developed by Austro Daimler instigator Roland Stagl.

A 55kWh battery pack powers three electric motors that develop 805hp between them. Add in the engine and there’s a total of 1182hp and 1,180lb/ft of torque. Which is plenty.

Austro Daimler claims an EV range of 155 miles, and a big enough petrol tank to go 466 miles on the engine. The 0-62mph time is pegged at 2.5secs, with a top speed of 205mph.

The Mercedes theme continues, as there are strong hints of SLS AMG in the styling, with the ultra-long nose and gullwing doors. Indeed, the door handles are lifted from the SLS. The windscreen and suspension have been pilfered from the Mercedes parts bin, as well, both coming from the AMG GT.

We think the proportions are a bit awkward, but the shooting brake rear is rather lovely. The dashboard is suitably swoopy and lavished in wood and leather.

That AMG GT suspension is built into a chassis that is otherwise unique to the Austro Daimler. It’s made entirely from aluminium, with the body made from aluminium and carbonfibre.

Austro Daimler was originally founded in 1899 as an Austrian offshoot of Germany’s Daimler. Austro Daimler specialised in ultra-exclusive luxury and sporting cars, and built some very successful racers including a run of Bergmeister hillclimb cars. Like so many similar carmakers, Austro Daimler collapsed in the wake of the Great Depression, going under in 1931. The marque lay dormant until a couple of years ago when it was revived by Stagl, an automotive engineer of long standing.

The Austro Daimler made its public debut at the recent Villa d’Este concours. It was up for the Design Award, though didn’t win. Still, the company claims it has sold one example and hopes to build more.

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By Graham King

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