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2013 Irmscher Roadster Turbo Sport 45

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Irmscher is among the first automakers to start preparations for the convertible season. The new Roadster Turbo Sport 45 has been built to pay tribute to the company’s 45th anniversary and will be limited to only 7 units.

The model features an aluminum-plastic body and has been developed on a solid steel tubular lattice frame. Under the hood, the model receives a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot that delivers a total of 265 horsepower and a peak torque of 295 pound-feet. With a total weight of just 1,598 pounds, the new Sport 45 will run from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.

The model is equipped with a waterproof soft top, five-star Revo rims and for the interior, high-quality leather offered in a color that matches the exterior look. A special "Sport 45" logo on the dashboard and a certificate both confirm that you are indeed driving a unique model.

We may be imagining things here, but this sure does look a lot like a tuned up Caterham 7 Roadsport or Superlight...

click past the jump to read more about the Irmscher Roadster Turbo Sport 45

Irmscher history

Irmscher i SELECTRA

Irmscher is a German automobile tuning and manufacturing company that was founded back in 1968 by rally driver and mechanic, Günther Irmscher, Sr. Irmscher is better known for its tuning kitd offered for models from Opel and Vauxhall.

For example, another model specially developed to celebrate the same 45th anniversary is the Opel Astra GTC Sport 45 Special Edition that was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

However, next to updating Opel models, Irmscher also offers its own developed sports cars, like the i SELECTRA unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This model is an electric vehicle and was priced at about $124,000.

Competition

KTM X-Bow GT

KTM X-Bow GT

The new X-Bow GT is the only real worry that the Irmscher Roadster Turbo Sport 45, as every other model similar to it is either too slow or only has one seat. The newly windowed – as shoddily as it was done – X-Bow GT features a 2-liter engine with 281 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 309 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm.

The X-Bow slightly outweighs the Irmscher 1,867 pounds to 1,598 pounds. This is likely the biggest reason the KTM is takes 4.1 seconds to get to 60 mph, whereas the Irmscher does the same task in less than 4 seconds.

Caterham R500 Superlight

Caterham R500 Superlight

Caterham’s R500 Superlight is the perfect proof that things can go fast even with little horsepower under the hood. The R500 is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine that delivers a maximum power of 263 horsepower - a little less that the Roadster Turbo Sport 45 - but the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in less than 3 seconds, making it a worthy adversary. Sweetening the pot a little more is a relatively low base price of $61,057.




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