Spain's sweet new sports car is a MX-5 with radical styling.
It's been several years since we've reported on Spanish coachbuilder Hurtan, founded in 1992 by Juan Hurtado. It remains family-owned to this day. Inspired by classic car designs from the 1930s and 40s, each Hurtan is custom built to order at the small company's headquarters in Santa Fe, Spain, not far from the city of Granada. The last Hurtan we were aware of was based on a Fiat Ducato, aka the Ram ProMaster in the US. It appears this time around the coachbuilder has opted for something completely different to serve as a foundation for its latest project.
Our spy photographers have just snapped several images of its latest project out testing on public roads in Spain.
Sources claim the retro-styled coupe is based on a Mazda platform and will have a choice of two engines: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 132 horsepower or a 2.0-liter with 184 hp. Both are linked to a six-speed manual, though the 2.0 has an automatic option. Now, if those engines sound familiar, then you're right.
Both can be found under the hood of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, though the 1.5-liter is overseas-only. The test mule's overall proportions do look very Miata-like, too. The body's design, however, is a radical departure from our favorite modern-day roadster.
The front fascia features two large headlights and a prominent front grille. The lower radiator even has sort of a smile. Perhaps most controversial are the prominent wheel arches front and rear. Out back are round taillights and a quad exhaust system covered in chrome. The side mirrors, however, appear to be stock Miata.
If you like what you see, then you'll be happy to know an official debut is expected by the end of March. We still don't know details like planned production numbers and pricing, but we'll find out soon enough.