New American supercar to debut in the Big Apple

Lyons LM2 Streamliner will be revealed at the 2015 New York International Auto Show

Published: March 26, 2015, 4:40 PM
Updated: November 23, 2021, 11:57 AM

Lyons LM2 Streamliner

The small list of American supercar makers is about to grow by one, with the arrival of New York City-based Lyons Motor Car.

Lyons’ LM2 Streamliner uses lightweight carbon-fibre for both the sleek body and chassis, and sub-frames built using a combination of CF and steel.

A twin-turbocharged 8.2-litre DOHC V-8 of undisclosed origin is claimed to deliver its 1650 horsepower through a seven-speed sequential gearbox to all four wheels. The company claims a 0-60 mph (0-97 km) time of just 2.2 seconds and quarter-mile times in the eight-second range.

Other interesting bits include plenty of titanium, Inconel and aluminum in both the suspension and exhaust systems; the former uses two-mode damping, the latter an automatic exhaust cut-out.

In appearance, the LM2 evokes the spirit of a modern-day Phantom Corsair – the one-off 1938 prototype designed by food-family scion, Rust Heinz.

Perhaps the most controversial bit – other than the styling – is the claim that the LM2 Streamliner will have no traditional wiring harnesses or fuses, which reduces weight and complexity. There will also be no buttons in the cockpit. Everything is said to be controlled through a 16-inch touch-screen inside the car or alternatively through the owner’s existing mobile phone.

The LM2 Streamliner will make its introduction at the New York International Auto Show on April 1 where further details, like pricing and other performance and electric-powered variants, should be revealed.