Afzal Kahn and Ant Anstead are joining forces but they’re not building custom vehicles. What they are building is an actual car, or to be more specific, a new two-seat, open top roadster called the Evanta Barchetta.
The retro-inspired Evanta Barchetta has the looks that can warp you back into the 1950s. The sweeping curves and the swept back headlights definitely hark to the motorsports of that era, something Ant-Kahn tried to convey in the design of the roadster. The hand-crafted, coachbuilt model also makes use of lightweight materials like a composite Kevlar body in order to keep its overall weight down.
The Evanta Barchetta isn’t all about its looks either. It also has the engine to be considered as a true sports car . Pop open the hood and you’ll see a Chevrolet -sourced, 6.2-liter, LS3 engine that produces 450 horsepower.
From there, it’s all about the math. Here you have a lightweight vehicle that produces that much engine output. You don’t need to be a genius to conclude that the Evanta Barchetta is going to be one fast sports car that should pay proper homage to its racing roots.
Ant-Kahn is set to debut the Evanta Barchetta at the Goodwood Revival Motor Show on September 12th, 2014. Only 20 models are going to be built per year and the waiting list is apparently filing up fast. If you’re interested, now is the time to let Ant-Kahn know about it.
Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more information on this upcoming sports car.
Updated 07/23/2014: Afzal Kahn tweeted a series of new images for the future Ant-Kahn Evanta Barchetta. Enjoy!
Updated 09/10/2014: Afzal Kahn announced that its first production model - the Evanta Barchetta will be unveiled at the Goodwood Revival motor show this week. The model will be limited to 99 composite bodied vehicles and 49 aluminum bodied vehicles, with prices ranging from £125,000 (about $200k) for the composite and £165,000 ($267k) for the aluminum variant.
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Here’s another retro-inspired roadster that boasts of modern-day performance capabilities. This is the Trident Iceni Grand Tourer, which was first introduced in 2012.
The car’s dimensions are largely similar to the Evanta Barchetta. Our only caveat to the Iceni is how its large headlights aren’t suited well to the rather miniscule front grille. It makes for a weird balance in cosmetic styling that we’re not huge fans of.
Other than that small misstep, there’s a lot to like about the Iceni Grand Tourer, particularly its massive, 6.6-liter, turbo-diesel engine that produces 430 horsepower and a staggering 950 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds to go with a blistering top speed of 200 mph. The Evanta may look a tad better than the Iceni, but we assume the latter has the muscles to overpower its rival in a straight-line race. Then again, in the world of sports cars, it is not always about how much power you have, but rather what you do with it.
Gallery Trident Iceni Grand Tourer
The Evanta Barchetta will be unveiled by Afzal Kahn and Ant Anstead at the Goodwood Revival motor show on the 12th of September this year.
The Barchetta is a 2-seater open top speedster, inspired by the design language of 1950s motorsport. Its sleek, sweeping curves and low profile disclose its Anglo-Italian parentage.
Each vehicle is designed and built in Britain, and hand-crafted using traditional coachbuilding methods, comprising a composite kevlar body, on a tubular frame.
Following in the footsteps of its Le Mans winning ancestors, its powerful 6.2L LS3 engine produces 450bhp, which, taking into account its light frame gives it exceptional agility.
Production will be limited to 20 cars per year - and the waiting list is filling fast.
Press Release - September 10, 2014
he Evanta Barchetta is a 2-seater open top speedster, inspired by the design language of 1950s motorsport. Its sleek, sweeping curves and low profile disclose its Anglo-Italian parentage.
The formal unveiling will take place on Friday 12th September at Goodwood Revival, on stand 217/218, with members of the Evanta Barchetta production team in attendance.
Each vehicle is designed and built in Britain, and hand-crafted using traditional coach building methods, comprising a composite kevlar body, on a tubular frame. An alternative model will be available, with an aluminium body.
Following in the footsteps of its Le Mans winning ancestors, the Barchetta’s powerful 6.2L engine produces 450bhp, which, taking into account its light frame gives it exceptional agility.
The company will produce both left- and right-hand drive variants, and the Barchetta will be available with either an automatic or manual gearbox.
Production will be limited to 99 composite bodied vehicles and 49 aluminium bodied vehicles. The price, which is yet to be confirmed is expected to be around £125,000 for the composite and £165,000 for the aluminium variant.
The limited production run is likely to make the car an attractive prospect for collectors and investors alike, with the value expected to rise significantly towards the end of production.
Following the release of the Evanta Barchetta, the company has announced plans to launch a GT concept car in spring 2015.