• Apr 15, 2011
Melkus RS2000 GTS – Click above for image gallery

We were suitably impressed a couple of years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show where we stumbled upon the Melkus RS2000. The gullwing sportscar is based on the Lotus Elise and built by a historic East German nameplate revived by the son and grandson of its founder. That same marque has now rolled up at the Top Marques show in Monaco with more powerful variants.

Replacing the Toyota-sourced, 270-horsepower, 1.8-liter four from the Elise on which it's based, the GT and GTS versions of the Melkus RS2000 pack a 2.0-liter turbo four – reportedly sourced from a "well-known German manufacturer" (we're looking at you, Volkswagen) – in 300- and 350-hp guises, respectively. With only 2,145 pounds to schlepp around, the new engine should be good for a 4.5 or 3.9-second 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time, while a new carbon-fiber aero kit helps it look the part.




[Source: Melkus via World Car Fans]


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      gmfanboi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hm, nice but hularious! Id much ratherg o with a supertuned aveo and have factory sourced gullwing doors (gm does these better than any one, look at the facts!) Onstar > RS2000! Coud it get any worse? Reminds me of the 80s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        Maybe gmfanboi is secretly a toyota lover posing as an annoying gm fan in an attempt to degrade the image of american car fans... Theres no way anyone is really this dumb, right?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        You're not funny, and nobody will ever take you seriously.

        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        Why do you even bother posting? Obviously you're not being serious since you stated you'd rather have a freakin Chevy Aveo with gullwing doors. Your posts aren't clever or entertaining, they're just stupid. If you're trying to raise GM's popularity by only writing how much you love GM, you should know it's not working - but I would think that would be pretty obvious by now since you get downrated to one star every time you post.
        gmfanboi
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        Its true its just plain facts - this melkus house is rebadging and re bodying a sportscar that i actually like. if i like it, most everyone does anyway. now they ruin it, and take a crap toyota engine and replace it with a veedub engine which is a little better in my opinion but not much. this should really be underwater, again look at the facs: gm > idrive, gm > dub, gm > rs2000!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gmfanboi
        You're just a big failure right there.

        At least the real GMFanboi did made some sense sometimes so he has some green in the rep bar. Yours is just a straight red bar.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Atleast this company rebodied the Elise unlike another company out there........
      It does look nice though, not in your face, or scary, or makes you feel like it will eat your children.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Elmo I agree. Take a look at the build photos and its obvious its very custom and that they've done some homework. I cant speak for the business, but the venom gt is something I wouldnt mind witnessing in action. Who cares if they used the same design as the exige... It looks sick. Anyone remember the Shely Cobra for Gods sake??
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you're going after Hennessey, then at least research. The Venom GT is NOT a Lotus underneath.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Elmo: Uh, yeah it is. It's been modified extensively, but it definitely started life as a Lotus. This is from the Venom GT website:

        "The Hennessey Venom GT design is based on the Lotus Elise / Exige."
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TippyD

        Uh research, it helps...
        http://www.delta-motorsport.com/project08.htm

        Being based on the design and being based on the actual car are 2 very different things.

        The only thing related to the Elise on the Venom GT is the mid-section, which is only the cabin area, not the chassis.
      • 3 Years Ago
      does anybody has any pictures of the Keating zkr?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Correction: Elise has a 190hp engine. I WISH it came with 270 :)
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