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Paris Motor Show 2010: Mastretta MXT

We know that soap operas are not part of your daily schedule, but today we are going to talk a little bit about Mexico. Not about the amusing Mariachi or their spicy foods, but about the direct result of the fact that this nation has some strong DNA links with the Italians: a hysterical and maybe doubtful supercar.

Thus, the Mexicans brought to Paris Motor Show 2010 their latest creation, Mastretta MXT. It is a two seats sport car which looks much alike Lotus. Mastretta manufacturers will create 150 units next year, although they hope they will be able to sell 500 cars annually.

Mastretta is a company specialized in kit cars, meaning lightweight racing vehicles and powerful engines. This time they wish to enter on the powerful cars market with the new Mastretta MXT. It is a model announced earlier, but now is revealed in its final version, which will be put for sale starting with the first months of 2011.

The name for Mastretta MXT comes from: MX-Mexico and T-for transverse engine.

The new “mariachi” is equipped with a Ford Duratec  2-liter engine that produces 250 bhp and 340 Nm. But, as the Mexican car does not exceed 900 kg, 250 hp are enough. Enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds and to have a top speed of almost 250 km/h.  The Mastretta‘s MXT chassis is similar to the Lotus one, made of extruded aluminum and carbon floor.

Mastretta MXT will have plenty of comfort options, which include navigation system and leather upholstery. The price for the Mexican vehicle is believed to start from 43 000 euros.

Mastretta representatives hope to transform MXT into a success on the European automobile market even if critics do not give them many chances. However, the appearance of a Mexican car at Paris Motor Show is a good start for Mastretta and maybe they will get lucky.

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