The first Russian supercars have begun production at Valmet's facility in Finland.
We've just heard that Russian supercar builder Marussia has officially begun production at a factory in Finland run by Finnish company Valmet. Headed by Nikolai Fomenko, Marussia is planning an annual production volume of 300 cars. Despite only having two models, the B1 and B2, it's still unknown how many of each one is planned. Both are powered by gasoline engines developed by British performance engine builder Cosworth.
One is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 with 300hp and the second is a 2.8-liter turbocharged four with either 360 or 420hp. In addition to these supercars, Marussia is also planning an upcoming SUV called the F2. If they feel there's a strong enough demand, they'd like to build three to five thousand units annually. All told, the production volume for all Marussia cars will not exceed 10,000 units per year for as long as they remain at the Finnish facility.
Both the B1 and B2 have very simplistic interiors, but the exterior styling looks great.
Each is mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive, and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. A CVT is expected shortly. With their Ferrari Enzo-like styling, it's expected they'll be targeting buyers in Europe and Russia. No word yet on whether they plan to import to the U.S, but we shouldn't get our hopes up. Official pricing also wasn't announced, but past estimates have been at around the 100,000 Euro mark.