21 May 2007

The whole enchilada

Mexican-made mid-engined coupe looks good enough to eat

Mastretta MXT

Much of Mexico's national cuisine appears to be the same stuff wrapped in different ways. Take burritos, tortillas and enchiladas: all much the same, but still exciting food.

Now, Mexico has applied its culinary ideas to the car and come up with the Mastretta MXT.

There's no doubting this mid-engined coupe looks good enough to eat, but underneath is wrapped a 2.3-litre Toyota Camry engine.

Amazing that one of the world's dullest cars can donate an essential ingredient to such a tempting machine as the MXT.

With 200bhp and an all-up weight of 1,000kg thanks to an aluminium base and plastic body panels, the MXT should be good for 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 144mph.

Production is due to start in early 2008, but this will be a sports car made in haute cuisine numbers, because Mastretta says it will only produce 150 MXTs per year for sale in Mexico.

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