Poland's Arrinera finalizes its Hussarya supercar design
By C.C. Weiss
April 3, 2014
Automotive start-up Arrinera seems determined to bring a supercar to its home country of Poland. It revealed its first design in 2011 and immediately took criticism for putting out what looked like a Lamborghini with a different hood emblem. It went through a few redesigns, and this week it's pulled back the cloth on the final one: a 650-hp coupe it calls the Hussarya.
Arrinera's first supercar prototype (pictured below) received a lot of flak for styling so reminiscent of a Lamborghini that the company was accused of making a straight-out replica. So, it got serious about making something more original … by mixing its diluted Lamborghini design with some Ferrari and McLaren cues to create the Hussarya. While it's still not the most original design in the garage, at least it no longer looks like a carbon copy of any one car. And it's not a bad-looking sports car in its own right.
It would be easy to dismiss a derivative supercar from a country well outside the traditional supercar territory, but Arrinera does have an ace up its sleeve. Involved in the car's development was British supercar maverick Lee Noble, whose three-decade resume of car design includes the Ultima MK3 (and MK1 and 2) – a predecessor to the Ultima GTR and a test chassis for the McLaren F1 – and the Noble M12 GTO-3R. If you're a small start-up trying to sell the world on your supercar, it's not a bad idea to get a heavy hitter like Noble involved in your chassis design, not a bad idea at all.
Beyond grabbing hold of the Noble name, however, Arrinera sticks closely to an all-too familiar start-up supercar formula: GM-sourced 6.2-liter V8 engine, 3.2-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time and 211 mph (340 km/h) top speed. With the help of a manual Graziano gearbox, the 650-hp V8 has the cushy job of pushing around Noble's high-strength steel chassis decorated in optional carbon/Kevlar bodywork. The package weighs 2,866 lb (1,300 kg), according to the spec sheet Arrinera has published. Other numbers listed on that sheet include an 8.9-second 0-124 mph (200 km/h), 14.3-second 0-124-0 mph and 11-second quarter mile.
The Hussarya measures 175.2 x 80.9 x 46.8-in (4,450 x 2,056 x 1,190 mm) and stretches over a 106-in (2,695-mm) wheelbase. It rolls on 19-in light alloy wheels with 255/35 R19 front tires and 335/30 R19 rear tires.
Inside, Arrinera promises a high-end leather and composite cabin with a high level of standard amenities (for a supercar). The Hussarya will come out of the factory sporting an audio system with CD/MP3 player and Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, air conditioning and remote control locks. Other listed standard features include a back-up camera, parking sensors and daytime running lamps. The available thermal imaging camera with LCD will monitor the road ahead for people and animals. Add-on packages will include several carbon fiber kits and a 700-hp Power Package with larger brakes.
Arrinera plans to ready the Hussarya by the end of this year. It is working on an exclusive color palette with PPG Industries. You can see more photos of the finalized design, along with Arrinera's two previous designs, in the photo gallery. There's currently no word on pricing.