In the course of a couple of years, Mastretta has touted their very own sports car, the MXT, as the country’s first offering in the high-speed, torque-bending world of the auto industry.
The development of the car may have taken longer than expected, but now, word has it that the MXT is getting ready to be rolled out into production later this month. To say that the road towards this goal has been difficult is a major understatement. From budget constraints to production delays to component changes, it seems that everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown in the direction of Mastretta to hinder the future of the MXT. But now that the production light has finally turned green, the Mexican sports car, is about ready to hit the streets, much to the delight and relief of the people who worked years to get to this position.
The Mastretta MXT will debut with a 2.0-liter turbocharged Ford Duratec engine producing 250 horsepower and 250 lb/ft of torque, along with an expected price tag of around $58,000. This may seem expensive given its capabilities, but give these guys a break; they’ve worked tirelessly for seven years to build a car that will get noticed. The higher-than-usual price is more the result of a labor of love and dedication than anything else.
Mexico may be known for building most of our vehicles, including supposedly American products, but they haven’t built a true sports car of their own. The good people over at Mastretta are looking to change all of that.
The new MXT will be powered by a 2.0-liter Duratec inline-four with a turbocharger that will crank out 250 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. That power should be plenty as the MXT is lightweight and very basic.
The exterior of the car is nothing to write home about, but we hear it looks much better in person. The car uses an aluminum semi-monocoque construction with a carbon fiber belly pan and a steel subframe. Covering all those goodies is a body of fiberglass-reinforced plastic.
The MXT is on its way to Europe with a price of £31,000 and £38,000. While that might seem cheap for a high-performance sports car, take a look at the specs and you’ll change your mind in a heartbeat. The MXT is without ABS, stability control, and airbags, making this machine a deathtrap to the inexperienced driver. Convert that price from pounds to dollars and you’re looking at a vehicle that costs as much as a Ford Mustang GT500.
We can’t be certain that the MXT will be coming to America any time soon, as the company will look to build some sales momentum in Europe first. Not to mention passing emission tests in this country is harder than astrophysics. Still, it might be years behind the Mustang GT500, but it sure will turn more heads than one.
UPDATE 09/12/2011: Daniel Mastretta, the man behind the MXT sports car, has finally announced that the car has been greenlighted for production with the first production make expected to be delivered to its buyer within the month. Good for you, Mastretta! We’re looking forward to seeing this baby out on American roads soon - if it makes it there, that is.
UPDATE 01/08/13: The now forgotten Mastretta MXT-R is scheduled to resurface at the Autosport International Racing Show in Birmingham, UK. According to Mastretta, the cars has since undergone a few modifications so it’ll be interesting to see what the latest iteration looks like.