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The 2011 Mastretta MXT, Mexico's homegrown sports car that took a Top Gear slagging, is ramping up production. The company is on track to produce 100 vehicles by the end of 2011, and that figure will double next year. Speaking at the Guadalajara International Motor Show (SIAG), Daniel Mastretta announced the first production MXT will be delivered by the end of July.
Despite what Clarkson, May and Hammond had to say about Mexican cars and cuisine, co-founder Daniel Mastretta didn't fire back at Top Gear with anger. In fact, the comments on the popular show helped publicize the MXT and spurred the company to make improvements to the vehicle. The aluminum chassis MXT features a turbocharged Ford Duratec four-cylinder and MTX transaxle, but as Lotus has proved with the Elise, plebian pieces with a light load can translate into thrilling performance. Mastretta is holding 30 percent of its Toluca, Mexico factory output back for the Mexican market, while the rest of the coupes will head out for other lands.
Vehicles will soon be put in the hands of media for evaluation drives. That's a vote of confidence by the manufacturer in its product and Mastretta can count us among the interested parties who are eager to see what this car is capable of.


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      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love how the owner of the company is taking the Top Gear comments in stride and seeing as what it truly is... FREE ADVERTISING! As the saying goes you can't buy publicity like what Top Gear did for this company and car. Personally I hope when the car is ready for production that the company sends Top Gear a car to try out or a invitation to the plant to try 'em out.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks pretty badass.
      Harry Ballsagna
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a Habanero pepper...I'd rock one.
      stecki3d
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's coolness depends on the price...
        lorenzo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stecki3d
        should be 2/3 Elise cost in the US - including the drivetrain you have to install. They keep saying "exclusive" on their site - lets hope they dont try to use that to justify an Elise price. Since they have no brand equity, it should cost less, period.
      rpdlv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not bad for a country that has never produced a domestic car of any sort. Mastretta deserves credit for doing the development of its car the hard way: by developing its own technology, rather than partnering with a foreign company. This initial model is key for the company's prospects, it it is received well by critics and especially by their customers then the company should have no problem in selling future models; especially in the domestic market.
      Andy Drake
      • 3 Years Ago
      I kinda like it. Seems like a simplistic yet solid design. Let's see how it does.
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      Aryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a nice looking car, Clarkson called the Maserati Granturismo hideous so I wouldn't take his opinion very seriously.
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good things come from Mexico tacos, beaches, fusions, and this.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would be worried about the build quality, my Mexican built car keeps having parts fall off it.
        rpdlv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
        KAG: Remember that all of the cars manufactured in Mexico (until the first Mastretta is actually delivered) are of foreign design and built in foreign managed (and at least partly owned) factories. So place the blame on your car's poor quality on them. RP
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