Currently reading: Zenvo Aurora begins new era with 1850bhp hybrid V12
Hybridised 6.6-litre quad-turbo 12-pot powers the Danish firm's latest creation to a claimed 280mph

The arrival of the Zenvo Aurora marks the rebirth of the niche Danish supercar maker as it moves away from the brutalist ST1 and TSR models that have defined its 16-year history.

“We sat down in the beginning and questioned what this car should be,” chairman and chief commercial officer Jens Sverdrup told Autocar. “Why should I buy this car? Why a Zenvo?”

The answer it landed on was a whopping great V12, measuring 6.6 litres in displacement and packing a quartet of turbochargers. Named Mjølner, after Thor’s hammer, it produces 1250bhp at 8000rpm before thwacking against the redline 1800rpm later. 

“If an alien happens to land at a racetrack and they hear a couple of [our] V12s, they will have their hairs standing up and tears running from their eyes,” Sverdrup said. “We are emotional beings, and [the sound] matters.”

“It’s the last chance” to produce such an extravagant engine, he added, but an element of hybridisation was still required to ensure compliance with the upcoming Euro 7 emissions regulations. To this end, the fastest Aurora receives three 200bhp electric motors – integrated into the powertrain and one on each front wheel – bumping total system output to 1850bhp.

Zenvo-Mahle quad-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12

Zenvo claims this is enough to dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in 2.3sec, faster than a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, before powering onto a top speed of 280mph. It is also capable of driving roughly 21 miles on electric power alone, enough to silently sneak out of town or a village on the way to a track day. “It’s getting less and less acceptable to fire up a V12 at five o’clock in the morning,”  said Sverdrup, joking.

In spite of the Aurora’s huge power output, Sverdrup claimed the brief was never about chasing headline-grabbing figures. He said: “We don’t care how fast it is at the Nürburgring, because it will be fast anyway. For me, it’s better if you are able to get in and out of the car easily. That’s worth way more to me than adding or subtracting a second on track.”


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As such, the firm has concentrated its efforts on maximising mechanical grip rather than that from aerodynamic appendages. “I don't need downforce driving around on Sunday morning,” said Sverdrup.

Zenvo Aurora Tur rear quarter

Inside, the aim was for the Aurora to immerse the driver as much as possible while remaining “pragmatic” about the car’s technologies and connectivity. 

In turn, there are no large infotainment displays. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are instead provided through one of three digital instrument screens, in similar fashion to the Audi TT. Explaining the absence of a conventional infotainment touchscreen, Sverdrup said: “You drive these cars to escape. It's like a motorcycle in a way. You go out for a drive to [disconnect and] clear your head a little bit.”

Zenvo Aurora Tur interior

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The Aurora will be offered in two specifications: ‘Agil’ (agile) and ‘Tur’ (touring). The former is a track-focused proposition that omits the two front motors – making it rear-wheel drive – for a dry weight of 1300kg, adding an array of aerodynamic appendages to enhance grip.

The Tur model, on the other hand, is four-wheel drive with torque vectoring at the front axle – intended to provide more secure on-road performance, given the absence of the Agil’s aerofoils and large rear spoiler. As well as the additional motors, the Tur receives a more sumptuous interior, which contributes to a 150kg increase in its dry weight.

Zenvo Aurora Agil (left) and Zenvo Aurora Tur (right)

In either guise, the Aurora is clearly a high-performance machine: air dams run through the entire length of the low-set hypercar, and its carbonfibre monocoque is exposed on each flank. “We’ve got nothing to hide,” said Sverdrup.

Prices will start at €3.6 million (£3 million), Sverdrup said, with an indeterminate premium for customisation and optional extras. Zenvo plans to build 100 cars in total – 50 of each specification – from 2025, with customer deliveries starting a year later.

Charlie Martin

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Title: Editorial Assistant, Autocar

As a reporter, Charlie plays a key role in setting the news agenda for the automotive industry. He joined Autocar in July 2022 after a nine-month stint as an apprentice with sister publication, What Car?. He's previously contributed to The Intercooler, and placed second in Hagerty’s 2019 Young Writer competition with a feature on the MG Metro 6R4

He is the proud owner of a Fiat Panda 100HP, and hopes to one day add a lightweight sports car like an Alpine A110 or a Lotus Elise S1 to his collection.

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shiftright 16 August 2023

Utterly pointless.

Peter Cavellini 16 August 2023

Cough!!, £3 million for a car without any heritage, I suppose it doesn't really matter, as long as it handles is reliable, it'll never be a daily driver, it may be a garage bunny or a runway toy, it's designed to make money you and I will be very lucky to see one,so fine, next car please.

Anton motorhead 15 September 2021
Wow another fancy toy for the rich - just what the world needs. To Adrian Barlow: if you want the admiring looks from women you would be far better off in an Austin Healey frogeye.