Ay Carumba: Production-Spec Mastretta MXT Destined for Paris Debut

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Three years have passed since we first saw Mexican auto manufacturer Mastretta unveil its MXT coupe, but it seems the Lotus-like sports car may be inching closer to production. New reports indicate the company plans on revealing its production-spec MXT at the 2010 Paris Motor Show later this month.

Few details have been released on the production-spec car, but if the final MXT is anything like the early pre-production prototypes, expect performance to be brisk. Early prototypes reportedly used Volkswagen's 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged I-4, but later demonstrators used a used a turbocharged form of Ford's 2.0-liter Duratec I-4, which will reportedly make its way into the production car. The turbo-Duratec produces a solid 240 horsepower, and coupled with a curb weight of 1980 pounds (courtesy of both a fiberglass body and an aluminum frame), the MTX could possibly post 0-60 mph times in roughly five seconds.

Enthusiasts and Mastretta officials alike likely wish the road to production passed as quickly. The car first debuted at the 2008 British International Auto Show, where officials announced they'd build eighty cars the next year, all destined for the U.K. market. The launch has since been delayed to 2011, and if sales live up to the company's hopes, seventy percent of the 150-car annual production run will be exported to the U.S. and Europe.

The company's own teaser site reveals very little information, but the rudimentary line drawing shown may suggest the MXT's finalized styling holds true to what we've previously seen. We'll know for certain on September 30, when Mastretta finally unveils the finished product in Paris.

Do you think the MXT automaker has what it takes to tango with the likes of with Lotus' Elise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Autocar, Motor Trend

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