• May 19, 2007

check out the video after the jump, and click the above photo to view a gallery


The fact that we can't have it makes us want it more. This nicely aggressive coupe from Mexico's Mastretta Design is beautifully sculpted, with plenty of energy bottled up in its stance. The structure is bonded aluminum, just like a proper supercar, and with a production target of 150 units per year, the mid-engine MXT is appropriately exclusive, too. The styling may be writing checks that the powertrain can't cash, with 200 horsepower from the 2.3 liter four, performance numbers are in the realm of the Camry; but we don't think that's the point. This is one stylish car, and we wish we could get our hands on it here in the US. Even without big power, it releases all the proper neurotransmitters -- light weight, minimalist interior, spiffy shape -- too much power may turn it into a widowmaker, anyway.

Mastretta designs all sorts of stuff, from buses to oil bottles. Their vehicular expertise has been honed by producing a handsome Beetle-based coupe, as well as a dune buggy-esque "fun car." Moving off the old VW Type 1 architecture, a faux '62 'Vette was worked up with a custom chassis ready to accept GM components. Mastretta also pulled it all together on the nuts and bolts side and put the designs into series production, so they've also got the practical engineering chops to bring vehicles to fruition. This nectarine-hued creation will drop off the branch in Q1 of 2008, after its formal debut at the Mexico City Auto Show in December of this year.

[Source: Mastretta Design via Carscoop]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Why in gods name is the person taking the video breathing so hard...?

      I guess thats what happens when you know you can keep up with a car running while taking its video...

      It does look appealing but the engine sounds like a juice maker... so unless they do something to its engine, danke!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unlike the Swiss' horrible Weber and the Brazilians' Lamborghini slashing, this little Mexican carmaker makes a pretty nice looking, consistent, non-vomit-inducing, attractive design. Too bad for the weak motor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hmm, the tail of a ferrari, the sides of an audi r8, and the front of a lotus with g35 headlights.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The bare power figures aren't what's important in a car like this. It'll be the power to weight ratio and the handling that should make this vehicle stand out. IMO, it looks as though it's probably on a Lotus Elise chassis and so I'd expect the handling to be pretty sharp (although, to be honest, the video doesn't seem to show this to any great effect) and the light weight should make it much more of a driver's weapon than any lardy barge built for the US market (sorry!). Plus, it should be pretty tuneable if you NEED more HP from your engine.

      (But the front is F-ugly, agreed)
      • 7 Years Ago
      It needs the Hartley Hyabusa-derived V8 from a couple articles up.

      A bit of a headlight makeover as well...

      This car would go better than it looks with 400 crankshaft horsepower, at 10000 RPMs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guys? It's called an engine swap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mexico?
      • 7 Years Ago
      .................No thanks!
      • 7 Years Ago
      yes, Mexico
      • 7 Years Ago
      I rather like the look, but the sound's not all that inspiring. At least not from what I hear in the video.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That has to be the most Hoover vaccuum-cleaner-inspired headlight/brake-inlet treatment I have ever seen. That has to be the most staggeringly unattractive front-end in recent memory.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not bad, not bad. There is definitely much room for improvement. The most troubling part of the car, for me, is the rear. Although, just by itself it looks great; the car as a whole looks pretty unbalanced. Tune and perfect this thing, price it under $40k, and there you go.
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