Arash Motor’s all-new AF10 and AF8 Cassini demonstrate power at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 8, 2016

Arash Motor Company has debuted its upgraded AF10 and the AF8 Cassini at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. First produced in 2008, the AF10 has now been given massive updates to remain competitive in the progressing market.

It is enhanced with a powerful hybrid composed of a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine and four electric motors. The new engine can deliver up to 900 hp or 671 kW and 1,200 Nm or 886 lb.-ft. of torque. On the other hand, the four electric motors yield a combined output of 1,180 hp or 880 kW and 1,080 Nm or 797 lb.-ft. of torque.

The core provides the all-wheel-drive 2016 AF10 with total hybrid power of 2,080 hp or 1,551 kW and a torque of 2,280 Nm or 1,683 lb.-ft. The new AF10 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph or 100 km/h in less than three seconds as it tops at a speed of over 201 mph or 323 km/h.

The combustion engine delivers the power to the wheels via the six-speed manual gearbox. However, it’s also available with automatic transmission featuring paddles as an option.

Moreover, a two-speed gearbox is integrated into each electric motor paired with the 32-kWh lithium-ion battery, which is automatically recharged through the quad electric motors acting as generators under the Race mode.

The 13-piece carbon chassis is linked to a body made out of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic that features a honeycomb sandwich structure made of aluminum. The 2016 AF10 is equipped with 19-inch and 20-inch front and rear wheels covered in Michelin Sports 2 tires.

To prevent accumulating scratches during speed bumps, the vehicle also comes with an electro-hydraulic lifter.

Aside from the AF10, Arash is also offering a more modest model, the AF8 Cassini. The AF8 Cassini is equipped with a 7.0-liter V8 engine sourced from GM that delivers 550 hp and 645 Nm or 476 lb.-ft. of torque through a six-speed manual transmission.

The hardware is wrapped in a lightweight carbon fiber packaging, which weighs only 2,645 lbs. or 1,200 kg. The AF8 Cassini can accelerate in 3.5 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of over 196 mph or 315 km/h. The AF8 Cassini starts at £350,000 while the AF10 begins at £1.10 million.

The AF10 can also be availed in a Racer version, which comes with a variety of special features such as a roll cage and a fire extinguisher, as well as a few other accessories for a whopping price of £1.2 million.

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