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New German sportscar emerges

Artega GT revives the Lancia Stratos

By / Thursday, March 01, 2007

Artega GT

Artega GT

There's a new interpretation of the Lancia Stratos about to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show.

The Artega GT, which also looks somewhat as if Porsche and Ferrari have mixed genes somewhere along the line, is designed by Henrik Fisker, once of Aston Martin. Fisker was responsible for the design of the DB9 and V8 Vantage.

The car comes from Paragon, a German component supplier, and was originally put together as a showcase for its engineering talents. However we understand that there will be a low-volume production run starting in 2008. The first production examples will emerge in November and about 500 units will be built annually.

About the size of a Mazda MX-5, the car's likely to cost around £50,000 and pitches straight into the zone around the Cayman, Z4M and SLK55 AMG.

It's small -- about the size of a VW Polo and will be powered by a 3.6-litre six-cylinder VW engine generating about 300bhp. Performance is likely to be around five seconds to 60mph or better, with a Vmax of some 165mph. Its weight is unknown.

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