• Feb 18, 2011
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Mexican sportscar manufacturer Mastretta is making the best of a bad situation. The company is attempting to capitalize on the furor over insulting comments that the presenters of Top Gear made about the automaker and Mexico in general. According to Drive.com, since the incident, traffic to the company's website has skyrocketed, and more importantly, orders for the Mastretta MXT have leapt as well. According to Carlos Mastretta, the company's general manager, the manufacturer now has orders from countries in Europe as well as Brazil and Chile. Mastretta has recently begun to receive inquiries from the States, as well.

The jump in attention is thanks solely to the dust up over the Top Gear comments. According to Drive.com, the MXT was a relative unknown – even in its home country. While Mastretta is a well-known manufacturer of public-transportation vehicles, few knew that the company is also responsible for this new sportscar before hearing about the confrontation between the BBC and Mexico's ambassador to the UK.

The Mastretta MXT is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ford Duratec four-cylinder engine with around 250 horsepower, and the company says that the vehicle should be good for 0-60 mph dashes in the high four-second range thanks to its lightweight design.



[Source: Drive.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it, the lights seem a little off but not to bad. I would consider purchasing it. The 0-60 times seem very good considering its a 4 banger.
      • 3 Years Ago
      good luck!! Haha!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oye Sea Urchin,

        Si vas hablar espanol, habla bien. Ahora, te ves bien pendejo.

        Eager to find a review, Autoblog?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sea Urchin és un gringo mui burro.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Mexican ambassador owes Top Gear an apology for demanding an apology.
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1

        All the Mexicans I know have a sense of humor.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I completely agree. I think he should apologize somewhere in his reply for being a "Crybaby". Sometimes bad notoriety is just notoriety. Take the free advertising and stfu.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one ugly POS. I wouldn't own one if the Mexican government parked it in my garage. I'd tell them to take it back along with a few million of their illegal aliens.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now Stig should drive it on the Top Gear track.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car looks so much like Korea's Oelim Spirra

      http://www.priceit.in/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/2010-Spirra-1.jpg
        • 3 Years Ago
        looks like a mini-bad-assed Grumpert to me, I like it
        • 3 Years Ago
        Funny VBS,
        you guys working at Hyundai keep defending the blatant Kopying you are doing trying to explain how the Hyundai is "unique" and "innovative", then do a 180 and claim everyone is Kopying the Koreans.
      • 3 Years Ago
      well of course
      that'd be the lazy thing to do
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish them luck but I still think their car is a terrible looking mish mash of design ideas taken from other cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      After seeing that thing, I think Mexico out to be the ones apologizing. You hear me, Mr. Mexican Ambassador?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why don't you describe why you don't like it instead of displaying your racist attitude. Or maybe your just not a very technical person and you don't know why you don't like it, in which case I appologize.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Can't say anything about how it drives of course, I think it looks pretty good. I see some Mk I Audi TT and Lotus in it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Shiftright - Mk1 TT?? Where? I can see Elise in the front end but it's a disaster really. The rear end ain't bad but that's the nicest thing I can say. I see an MR2 based kit car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its looks a bit like its assembled with obvious pieces but its overall look is very interesting.
      • 3 Years Ago
      well if the tires are any indication of performance, i'd say this wont be a great performer!

      Ive unfortunately owned a set of those tires and they are garbage!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Proved again that no publicity is bad publicity. Now, that you have saved some marketing dough, get some one to rework the design. And the headlamps.
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