Mastretta MXT Makes Production

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The Mexican sportscar Mastretta MXT is set for production this year and should double output by 2012.

The Mastretta MXT, infamous for its (digital) appearance on a certain British automotive TV show, is finally scheduled for production. MXT, standing for Mastretta, Mexico and Transverse (engine mount), has stirred up its bit of controversy as of late, however the first production model is set to be delivered as soon as the end of this month. The MXT sports a turbocharged Ford Duratec 2.0-liter 4-cylinder transverse-mounted engine which packs 240hp and 184lb-ft of torque. The Mexican sportscar weighs in at just 1,984lbs.

The light weight is to due in part to its aluminum chassis. Prior to its debut at the 2008 British International Motor Show, founder/designer Daniel Mastretta said "We needed to create a great car because Mexico has no tradition of sophisticated sports car manufacturing. It is most important that our customers are delighted by the new MXT. That's what we aimed to do from the first drawing of the car, but we also want to make our country proud of the MXT and to show the world what we can do." Production quota is set for at least one hundred units by the end of 2011.

That figure is expected to double for 2012. 30 percent of production from their factory in Toluca, Mexico will be for domestic sales, while the remaining 70 percent will be exported. Pricing for the Mastretta MXT is around £33,000.

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