At the 2022 Guangzhou motor show, Chinese automaker Aion unveiled its new Hyper GT, claiming a production vehicle record 0.19 drag coefficient for the liftback-style saloon.
The electric-powered four-door, which will be on sale in China by the end of 2023, will follow the Hyper SSR sportscar, which was introduced in September, as the second model under Aion’s recently created Hyper electric car sub-brand.
Aion executives imply that the Hyper GT would compete against devices like the Xpeng P7 and Hozon S with subsidised pricing beginning at around RMB300,000 (£36,100) in China. Pricing has not yet been disclosed.
The new saloon’s design is inspired by what Aion refers to as their “wind and water” design lineage, which debuted on the Hyper SSR. An aerodynamic exterior is produced by combining smooth surfaces with rounded shapes, substantial tapering, and flush door handles.
Additional components include an active rear spoiler with a width of 1465mm and active air ducts in the bottom portion of the front bumper.
For the final Hyper GT production vehicle, which is expected to have a drag coefficient of 0.19, Aion claims the scissor action front doors, which give a 573mm-wide opening and open at an angle of up to 43 degrees, would be kept.
If this is true, the Mercedes-Benz EQS, which boasts an official drag coefficient of 0.20, would be less aerodynamically efficient than the Honda Accord. Additionally, it would be better than the Tesla Model S’s reported drag coefficient of 0.208.
An electric motor situated at the back of the Hyper GT, which is built on Aion’s new AEP 3.0 electric vehicle platform, produces 335 horsepower and 317 lb ft of torque.
Aion states that the Hyper GT has a 0-62 mph speed of 4.0 seconds, but it is withholding information on the battery and range until closer to the Hyper GT’s release to the Chinese market in the second half of 2023.
The new four-door liftback will also come in dual-motor, four-wheel drive performance models, among other variations.