First-ever sports car to be designed and manufactured in Mexico, the 2012 Mastretta MXT made its U.S. debut in Los Angeles. This lightweight, mid-engine high-performance two-seat coupe wraps its FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) body around a semi-monocoque chassis constructed of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) and bonded/riveted aluminum, teamed with a steel roll cage. The car's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four makes 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, that's sufficient muscle to send the Mastretta MXT from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds and take to 160 mph. A track-tuned double-wishbone suspension with coil-over shock absorbers and 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in with grippy high-performance tires help the MXT develop cornering forces of 1.1g. On the human side, the well-appointed cabin is highlighted by leather-wrapped carbon-fiber sport seats and Ultrasuede accents.
Already on sale in Mexico and select European markets, the 2012 Mastretta MXT will be offered here and in Canada as a Specially Constructed Vehicle, which will grant it exemptions from several federal regulations. The car is expected to sticker between $60,000 and $65,000 when it arrives here in the spring. Mastretta Cars plans to build 100 MXT models in 2012, with annual production planned to hit 500 units over the course of the next five years.