Slovenia isn’t particularly known for anything other than mythical dragons and breathtaking scenery. But one supercar startup is determined to put the country on the map as far as the auto industry is concerned with the unveiling of the T600.
Tushek has been making waves for a few years now, beginning at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco where it unveiled the Renovatio T500 , an impressive looking sports car whose aggressive aesthetics finely complemented the Audi RS4-sourced 4.2-liter, V-8 engine under its body. That allowed the Renovatio T500 to produce 450 horsepower at 7,900 rpm and a peak torque of 315 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm, and hit 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 192 mph.
It was impressive, but not more than another model it has under development: the Forego T700 , which predictably carries 700 horsepower.
But now, Tushek has the T600, its third model that was introduced recently at the 2014 Top Marques Monaco. Essentially, the T600 is an updated version of the T500, albeit one that comes with a lot of new components to justify its status as its own model. For one, the car’s chassis was built using a combination of carbon and titanium, two materials that are normally associated with high-priced exotics. At least Tushek understood what it needed to use to be taken seriously.
More importantly, the 2,470-pound T600 will feature its own V-8 engine, producing 620 horsepower and presumably around 400 pound-feet of torque. Given its relatively modest weight, that translates to an incredible 4-to-1 pound:horsepower ratio. Its not the Koenigsegg One:1 by any stretch of the imagination, but for a model belonging to a startup company, that’s an incredibly impressive achievement in its own right.
Power is not all the T600 offers either, as its chassis allows it to hold a massive 1.8 G on a skid pad.
Hopefully, we learn more details about the Tushek T600 sooner than later because judging from the few details we do know, this Slovenian speedster looks completely legitimate.
Updated 06/17/2014: Tushek Supercars unveiled a very coo video showing its latest supercar during its first testing session at the Avstrija ring. Enjoy!
Updated 06/27/2014: Tushek Supercars unveiled a new video for its latest TS600 supercar. Enjoy!
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There’s something to be said for supercar builders residing in countries that don’t have this tradition to have the guts to build supercars. Polish company Arrinera took that leap a few years ago with the Hussarya.
It was a risky proposition, but one that ultimately put Arrinera in the map. The Hussarya had the pedigree and stature of being considered a true exotic, having been created under the watch of Lee Noble — the man responsible for the Ultima GTR.
At its core, the Hussarya is powered by a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that produces 650 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to break to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds before hitting a top speed of 211 mph.
Gallery Arrinera Hussarya
If the Tushek T600 really wants to be taken seriously, it’s going to need to prove itself against an established sports car like, say, the Chevrolet Corvette. To be more specific, the Corvette Z06.
Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Corvette Z06 is Chevrolet’s most track-capable Corvette ever built, having an impressive 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque, thanks to its 6.2-liter, V-8 engine.
The engine directs power to the wheels through either a seven-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the sports coupe to sprint from naught to 60 mph in about 3.3 seconds, with a top speed of around 200 mph.
Gallery Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Tushek Renovatio T500
Give credit to Tushek for designing the Renovatio T500 to look the part of a real supercar. For one, it sits on a set of 19-inch aluminum forged wheels with center locks. Standard features also include a detachable hardtop, an adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing, adjustable pedals and steering column, adjustable-length seats, carbon-ceramic brakes, and extra 4 point seat belts for track use.
The scissor-style doors are also a nice touch, playing into what a potential competitor like Lamborghini is famous for. Overall, the side profile of the Renovatio T500 is a sight to behold. The front end may look short compared to the overall body, but still captures that ruthless aggression that sports cars of its ilk are known for.
The Renovatio T500 is powered by an Audi RS4-sourced 4.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 450 horsepower at 7,900 rpm and a peak torque of 315 pound-feet at 3,200 rpm, allowing it to break 60 mph in 3.7 seconds while reaching a top speed of 192 mph.