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Thursday 16th June 2005

Marcos TSO GT2 Coupé

PetrolTed takes a long, lingering look at this stunning TVR rival


Marcos TSO GT2 Coupé
Marcos TSO GT2 Coupé

Yesterday at London’s Canary Wharf Motorshow, Marcos’s main man, Canadian Tony Stelliga proudly launched the TSO GT2 Coupé. The car is the latest step in his ambitious, yet increasingly credible, plan to revitalise the troubled marque.

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Stelliga (far right) with team
Stelliga (far right) with team

After years of lurching from one financial crisis to another, the company is on a sound financial footing thanks to Stelliga’s success in the telecommunications industry. The large injection of funds has allowed the company to make the transition from some run-down sheds in Wiltshire to a modern facility adjoining Prodrive in Warwickshire.

Stelliga has assembled an impressive team around him. On the engineering front Chris Meek has guided the design of the Coupé, further pushing the marque into a new era with a modern drivetrain (albeit one with great history). Bodywork by Damian McTaggart -- formerly of TVR -- has kept references to Marcoses of old whilst creating a cohesive, well balanced and brawny design. While the overall shape and proportions may be shared with many a concept, the team has succeeded in producing a car which has an identity entirely of its own.

Interior

That extends to the interior too. A further development of that seen in the earlier TSO dropheads, the Coupé gets a wonderfully aromatic interior fully trimmed in leather as standard. They’ve forgone the obvious route of slapping slices of tree on the dashboard and successfully used aluminium to create the contrast with the soft trim. In these days of complete lack of inspiration among mainstream manufacturers, the GT2’s interior is a lesson to many that true elegance is achieved through simplicity and the right combination of materials.

Underpinnings

The running gear is a close relation to that used in the Chevrolet Corvette. Unimaginative some might say, but it's one of the most proven drivetrains in the world and one capable of reliably producing gut-wrenching torque.

The setup is brawnier than that used in the Australian predecessor to this car as launched earlier this year. UK buyers get a 5.7 litre V8 producing a semi nuclear 475bhp or 420bhp in base form. The Germans über-saloons might be indulging in 500-horsepower wars and Marcos is rapidly heading for similar numbers but without the executive paunch – the GT2 weighs in at a more svelte 1,170Kg. The more powerful configuration also benefits from softer tyres and a different suspension setup. Buyers opting for the 475bhp version will also get on-track tuition as part of the deal.

That grunt and that weight combine to give the GT2 a claimed 0-60 time of just four seconds (proved several times according to Marcos). In-gear flexibility (in any of the six gears) is said to be impressive thanks to the spread of the torque from very low in the range.

The UK coupe comes with an exhaust developed in conjunction with exhaust specialists Blue Flame. The result is said to be pure music with four distinct tones to be heard as the revs rise.

Quality

A large – if awkwardly accessed – boot provides plenty of practicality. While you won’t get a bag of compost in over that rear lip too easily, you will find plenty of room for luggage for a trip around Europe. And that’s exactly the sort of trip this car looks perfectly designed for. Easy cruising with explosive grunt available for safer overtaking J

Build quality was excellent on the show car with only minor blemishes visible despite typical late night working to finish the job. Despite being a show car, it is a fully running model ready to hit the road. Full production will start next month. We fully expect the order book to fill up quickly.

Wrap

Marcos has carved itself an important niche in the UK market from which to further propel its growth both here and worldwide. Exciting times are ahead for Marcos owners and the owner of Marcos.

PetrolTed
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dinkel

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This is one yum car . . . :bow:

Best looking current coupe IMO.

The interiour is exquisite . . . very, very tasty.

The steering wheel looks a bit thick or is it just me.

http://www.reed-electronics.com/electronicnews/article/CA50175.html
Huh? Is this the same Stelliga ?. . .

t0ny99

1,207 posts

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Lovely - and benefits hugely from the side vents being painted body colour.

Just need those 6 numbers to come up on Saturday evening...

scotal

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I had a sit in this at Canary Wharf yesterday, and it is indeed a cracking car, with a very high level of finish. I think it acutally loooks better close up than the pictures suggest. My only gripe would be lack of head and shoulder room, I'm a midget, and yet the interior was fairly cramped for me, 6 footers are going to get a sore neck driving one of these I think. Still good luck to all involed.

FourWheelDrift

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I like it a lot.

johnny senna

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Very nice car. Gotta dig the GM drive train. I would far far rather the GM unit than one of TVR's engines. In fact, if the TVR Sagaris had this drive train I would buy one.
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Elfboy

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Hmmmmm

Some of me thinks it's like a TVR so yeah great!

But other part of me thinks it's seems a bit of a copy of the TVR with exciting styling but they are boring compared with a TVR.



For now, at least, mine is a TVR.

lattimer

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The same Stelliga ?? Yup.

Same guy. Here's the history:
www.opticalkeyhole.com/eventtext.asp?ID=34068&pd=4/16/2003&bhcd2=1118949876

He's still with Quellan.

Don
1971 Marcos 3 Litre
Willits, CA, USA

old64er

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What a good looking car, TVR beware.

Great engine and transmission, if its built well then this will be a winner.

dinkel

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Don, your GT looks stunning. Very good color as well.

jpf

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A bigger T350? Wonder what the TSO GT2 would do against the TVR T350...What's the price of the Marcos?

Boosted LS1

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My money would be on the chevy engine every time!

Boosted.

Converse

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I'm just 6ft and sat in this yesterday. My head was touching the roof! Entry and exit was pretty tough as well. Cracking looking car though.

dinkel

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Maybe it'll need a Sagaris-bulb on the roof!

jamiet

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I'm not to keen on cars on cars with the cabin sat way back behind a huge bonnet (e.g. Tuscan, E-type et al). And from a side profile these cars always look like they've collapsed in the middle - each end is higher than the point at the bulkhead, giving the appearance that the car has sunk in the middle.

AL001

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On first impressions, I like this and would seriously consider buying one if the handling is good. I think they should be aiming to sell a reasonably spec'd GT2 for a max of 50k. Although, it sounds like it may be 50k plus options you'd defintely want for track, which could take it into tricky territory if that ended up at 60k.

Some great British cars out now with the M400, Sagaris, TSO GT2, Exige S2. Getting tricky to decide!

boggy

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Hi all,

Just been to have a good look around for the 2nd time, spent a good 10 minutes talking to Chris Meaking very informative and helpful guy

Still going to go for a Exige next but this is a truly beautiful car may be when I'm a little older

Boggy

J_S_G v2.0

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Anyone know the lead time on an order for one of these puppies? Ignoring the fact it's this or a new house, it's looking like a sensible option...

604

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Is there a reason this kinda resembles a Bristol Fighter? Are the 2 companies related cuz my first thoughts when I saw this was... o, they finally updated it...

munky

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I don't like the Marcos thing of having the major dials in the middle of the dash - I don't really want the missus knowing how fast we're travelling!

Boosted LS1

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munky said:
I don't like the Marcos thing of having the major dials in the middle of the dash - I don't really want the missus knowing how fast we're travelling!


That's an export feature. You could shield the dials biased in your direction or just get a new missus

I think it's really coming together, especially now it's got a leather interior but it could do with some bling in the engine bay. Good stuff.

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