For those following the Hispano-Suiza rebirth narrative, there is news. Last winter, the company announced a run of 19 Boulogne units, in keeping with the original Boulogne’s first year of production: 1919. The story now is that the Carmen Boulogne will be produced in a run of only five examples.
The reduced production number makes the high-dollar EV more definitively a collector’s car, so we’re hoping it turns out to be a brand development and fundraising strategy, and that a regular production model or two is on the way in the next few years.
Because the Carmen Boulogne is one attractive car. Like certain concept EVs that have appeared in the last five years or so—the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet concept leaps to mind—it is a nearly sculptural expression of historical conflation, linking the extravagance and ideals of 1920s luxury car designs with the alternative-drivetrain revolution that is currently ramping up. Boulogne is a revival of a series of Hispano-Suiza H6 variants built in the roaring decade.
The Carmen Boulogne is powered by two electric motors, but is a rear-wheel-drive car. Its 80 kWh battery can deliver over 1,100 horsepower and nearly 1,200 pound-feet of torque. It can travel 250 miles between full charges, and reach 60 MPH in 2.5 seconds.
The sticker price of the nuevo Carmen Boulogne is $2 million.