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Mastretta MXT news - Tequila slammer - 2007

Mexico: world leader in the fields of
refried bean cuisine, high-level corruption and giant hats. But not sports
cars. Not yet, anyhow.

However, the Mastretta MXT - the first car
ever designed and built in Mexico - ambitiously aims to change all that.

Set to be unveiled at the British motor
show next weel, the MXT is a 900kg two-seater powered by a two-litre
turbocharged Duratec engine developing 240bhp. According to Mastretta, it’ll
hit 60mph in ‘under five seconds’, which sounds plausible given the power and
weight claims.

However, Mastretta boss Tom Martin admits
that the MXT isn’t quite finished yet. “The MXT on dispay at ExCeL is the
penultimate protoype,” he says. “We should complete Vehicle Certification
Agency testing by October, and production will start in January.”

Hmmm. We’ll withhold judgment until we see
a proper working production car. If it lives up to the stats, though, Mastretta
asserts that the MXT ‘will put Mexico on the map’.

Which begs
the question: where is it at the moment?

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