This is the new Mastretta MXT, which its makers claim is the first car ever to be entirely designed and built in Mexico.
It’s claimed that the two-seater weighs just 900kg, will do 0-60mph in less than five seconds and top 150mph. This performance comes from a 240bhp, turbocharged 2.0-litre Duratec engine which is driven through a five-speed manual box.
“It is most important that our customers are delighted by the new MXT,” said Daniel Mastretta, designer of the MXT. “That’s what we aimed to do from the first drawing of the car, but we also want to make our country proud, and to show the world what we can do.”
Despite the South American roots, the first Mastretta MXT cars to be produced will be right-hand-drive and destined for the UK market, where it will go on sale with a starting price of £32,995, putting it in direct competition with the likes of the Audi TTS and BMW 135i.
The MXT will have its international debut at the British motor show later this month, where customers can place orders, with first deliveries expected in May 2009.