Jannarelly may launch 300-hp Design-1 this summer at $55k
At its heart is a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6, with dual overhead cams and 24 valves, rated at 304 horsepower and 274 pound-feet of torque – which sounds to us like it could be a Nissan VQ engine or the Toyota GR-series V6. Placed amidships, it's slated to be mated to a six-speed manual transmission driving the rear set of 16-inch alloys through a limited slip differential. It would feature double wishbones with adjustable dampers, as well as ventilated disc brakes gripped by four-pot calipers up front and solid discs with two-pot grippers at the back. At 152 inches long and 72 wide, the Jannarelly Design-1 would be about the size of a Mazda MX-5, Porsche Boxster, Lotus Elise/Exige, or Alfa Romeo 4C. But with a targeted 1,565-pound curb weight, it'd be even lighter.
All that is estimated to boil down to a 0-62 time estimated at around 4 seconds flat and a top speed of about 135 miles per hour. Considering the targeted $55,000 asking price (before delivery, to be paid in stages) is about what Porsche charges for (you guessed it) a base Boxster, this is a compelling package. This classically inspired design is arguably more interesting, penned by Anthony Jannarelly – the same designer behind the Lykan HyperSport, Fenyr SuperSport, and Zarooq SandRacer.
The company is optimistic (aren't they all?). "We are happily surprised of the feedback and many people are willing to buy the car throughout the world already," Anthony Jannarelly wrote in correspondence with Autoblog. "The USA and western Europe are where we find the most success. We are now discussing further with different partners to certify the Design-1 depending on the country. In the USA we have several solutions that we need to explore," wrote Jannarelly. Here's hoping that he receives the orders and certification his company needs to put the Design-1 on American roads.
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