Car News 24 Feb 2016

Mexican Vuhl 05 sports car set for UK release

Mexican Vuhl 05 sports car set for UK release

The Mexican-made Vuhl 05 is due to go on sale in the UK later this year.  The road-legal, track-focused sports car will have a starting price of £59,995, pitching it between the entry-level Ariel Atom at £30,000 and the Elemental RP1, priced at £75,750.

The car is equipped with a 285bhp version of Ford’s four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ecoboost engine, with power supplied to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.  Vuhl claim the car can achieve 0-60mph in 3.5sec, reaching a top speed of over 150mph.

Thanks to its lightweight Aluminium construction, the Vuhl 05 weighs in at just 695kg.  The standard bodywork is glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), with optional carbonfibre panels available, saving an extra 30kg.  The car features 17-inch alloy wheels at the front and 18-inch alloys at the rear, with double-wishbone suspension.  Around 40% of the Vuhl 05’s components are UK-sourced.

There are no doors to enter the car, something which Vuhl’s Iker Echeverría says contributes to a “race-car feel in a car you could use on the road every weekend”.  Vuhl will build up to 50 cars a year at its factory in Mexico City.

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