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Gillet Vertigo.5 Spirit – Click above for high-res image gallery

There are "mainstream" exotics like the ones from Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini. There are niche supercars from companies like a Spyker or Koenigsegg. Then there's the Gillet Vertigo.

One of the most bizarre sportscars on the market, the Vertigo is also one of the lightest and quickest on the road. The previous version of the Belgian exotic made by former racing driver Tony Gillet packed a 350-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 sourced from Alfa Romeo. Modest enough, but with a curb weight of only 990 kg (2,182 lbs), the Vertigo was capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in a scant 3.26 seconds.

The new one, however, packs a far more powerful 420-horsepower 4.2-liter Maserati V8, promising to give the unique exotic even more extreme performance. We wouldn't be surprised if it dipped below the 3-second mark. No official word on pricing either – each one is made to order and can be just about infinitely customized – but for reference, the previous V6 model cost around $265,000.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The new engine makes a better case for itself, but I still doubt that it's the best a man can get.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to see a video of someone getting in and out of it. That has to be a little entertaining!

      Aside from the decorative chrome faux-exhaust ports... This honestly makes me want to be an oil tycoon so I could buy several.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the front and rear, not sure how I feel about the side.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With only 420HP and 2,200lbs (plus driver), I'd be surprised if it dipped below the 3 second mark.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lose the already-tacky Buick-style vents on the side. Can be easily obtainable at a local Pep-boys and can be see on many Chargers/Magnums/etc driving around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I generally like the Harley Earl holes on most cars, but not on this one. Especially given that one is on the door. It's just too much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still looks like a cheesy kit car form 15 years ago. Ugh...
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Me likey
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like it too, but is anyone else seeing recent jaguar concepts in it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why bother with a mazerati v8... seems expensive when you could easily just grab a V8 from a mustang, or a chevy 350?? but whatever...

      That interiour looks insane to get in /out of
        • 4 Years Ago
        why not put better engine despite more expensive?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do realize that a "chevy 350" and Ford V8 aren't available in Belgium, right?

        And what the hell is this Chevy 350 crap? We're in the 21st century, not in the 90s where everyone and their mother owned a car with a Chevy 350.
      • 4 Years Ago
      just had to check my pants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does this mean they have a load of spare Alfa 3.0 V6 kicking out 350bhp? One of my all time fave engines!

      The Maserati engine should ensure a gorgeous voice, but it looks like a face for radio, IMHO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't that "Maserati" 4.2 liter V8 really a Ferrari engine?

      and which spec is used here? the original Ferrari or the slightly reworked Maserati version?
        • 4 Years Ago
        From a Maser site:

        Comparing the 2 motors specs you'll see that the block is the same with the same cylinder spacing and 92mm bore, 4OHC with variable timing, 32 valve, dry sump, combined water/oil unit etc. etc.

        However the Ferrari version has a 1mm longer stroke (81mm vs 80mm) resulting in a slightly higher compression ratio 11.3:1 vs 11.1:1 (+1,8%) and slightly bigger displacement (+1,5%) giving the Ferrari some extra power (13Hp?).

        So obviously the Ferrari piston connection rods are slightly shorter (=longer stroke - shorter rods also generate more cylinder wear in a same block although not sure if the difference is marginal or not to make Maserati more a "daily driver"???).

        What about pistons? rings? Well according to the F430 owner's manual its engine can consume double the amount of motor oil / 1000km compared to the Maserati guidance (manual) so probably at least the piston rings are also different.

        Maserati runs a fully counter-balanced cross plane crankshsft, while the Ferrari uses a flat plane crank.

        Due to a lower redline, con-rods on the Maserati are forged steel. Ferrari uses titanium versions.

        The latest Maseratis use a 4.7 litre engine - like the Alfa 8C.


        Having done the Ferrari factory tour myself, the guide did say both V8s were built on the same assembly line, along with the larger Alfa V8 version for the 8C.
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