20 Jan
The 930kg, 250 horsepower coupe with 25 miles to the gallon

Mastretta Cars’ MXT aims to be the first high-performance sports car born from Mexican soil. The 2-seat, mid-engined gunner is “engineered to deliver outstanding performance through mechanical excellence,” according to manufacturers. “Every system, every component was engineered to make the driving experience an absolute thrill.” Built in Toluca, Mexico, the MXT is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre Duratec four cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox — for now, no automatic option is available (yaye!). Crafted with specially designed aluminium extrusions, underbody and copious carbon fiber, the ultra-light coupé weighs in at a scant 2050 lbs (930kg) — which paired with the 250 hp engine provides a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) clip of just 4.9 seconds. Harnessed by the MXT’s finely tuned chassis, the Mastretta can develop more than 1.1 G of cornering and braking force, while still offering 25 miles to the gallon due to its svelte beltline. But this isn’t a windowless, doorless racetrack machine like the Caterham — the Mastretta MXT is aimd to be a daily driver, suited for long distance journeys and urban driving alike. GPS navigation, iPod connectivity, hands free communication via Bluetooth and a DVD player are standard, as are carbon fiber seats wrapped in premium leather with Ultrasuede interior trim.

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