What do we know about Bell & Ross? Well, I know a couple of facts. One, it’s a relatively young luxury watch maker hailing from France. Two, the company is colder than my ex’s heart. Why, you ask? Well, they’ve just unveiled the AeroGT, a supercar concept worthy of being loved by anyone, but have decided not to turn it into a production model. *Cue Kanye West’s Heartless*. These French geniuses sure know how to break people’s hearts! The AeroGT was recently unveiled at the Baselworld watch show, and needless to say, it left the audience wanting for more!
They say the AeroGT has been created to provide inspiration to the company’s watch designers. You wouldn’t find a better and more gorgeous source of inspiration, even if you went looking for one. “Every year, in order to create new models, I need new sources of inspiration,” said Bruno Belamich, creative director at Bell & Ross. “The aim was to produce a car that can hold its own, even amongst automotive professionals.” The car serves as a starting point for BR 03-92 Aero GT and BR 03-94 Aero GT limited edition watches, which, in their words, are “inspired by the automotive world”.
The AeroGT features a 2884mm wheelbase, and measures 4696mm in length, 2072mm in width, and 1090mm in height. An interesting tidbit: The AeroGT actually isn’t the first time the watch maker has tried its hands on creating an automobile, as a couple of years ago, the company also designed the B-Rocket Motorcycle concept. They should probably think about producing vehicles on the regular!
If it were ever to be produced, it’d boast a 4.2-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, and would be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This beast of an engine would be enough to churn out 594 BHP, making the AeroGT go from 0-100 kmph in less than 3 seconds and a top speed of nearly 320 kmph. Holy cow. For the umpteenth time, why are they not turning this one into a production car?!
So, this ends up being another case of “if only”. Sigh. Well, what can we do? Keep re-watching this launch video and drool, that’s what.