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At the annual Volkswagen tuning festival in Worthersee, Austria., sub-brand Skoda brought out a roadster version of its Fabia vRS S2000 rally-car.
Called the RS 2000 Roadster, this one-off special was specifically built by Skoda for this event and according to Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland the hand-built roadster had been created to “show what the company can do with a Fabia”.
It is designed as a true roadster, so that means it has no roof, so if it rains; its occupants will get wet. However, despite keeping its four-doors and four-seats, it weighs just 2,640 lbs. Couple that with its twin turbo-charged 2.0-liter motor that produces over 200-hp (no exact figure was given) and all-wheel drive, and this roadster should be able to rocket down any road.
Skoda, which is under the Volkswagen umbrella, has no plans to put this concept into production, but if reaction is positive, perhaps they can look into a more conventional convertible version of the Fabia in the future.
GALLERY: Skoda Fabia vRS S2000
The Jaguar E-Type is arguably the most beautiful sports car ever made. Ever since it was introduced back in 1961, many car companies have tried to copy its iconic shape, yet none have gotten the same effect.
Even Jaguar have tried to revive the E-type design in recent history with cars like their XK, but have failed to capture the elegance and beauty of the original.
A thing of beauty it might be, but an E-Type is hardly the most reliable car you can own. So what to do if you want to own a E-Type but also want modern technology and reliability thrown into the package? You get yourself an Eagle E-Type.
Eagle has been modernizing the E-Type since 1982 and their attention to detail have brought them much fame. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson even named the Eagle E-Type as his pick for “The Car of the Century.”
Now Eagle is set to bring a new toy to the annual automotive party called Salon Privé. This annual event in London, U.K. attracts all the exotic car makes, and Eagle hopes to make a positive impression with their new E-Type Speedster.
Judging by the pictures, they should have no problem attracting admiring glances. It should perform as well as it looks also. The 4.7-liter, straight-six cylinder engine produces 310 hp and 340 lb/ft of torque, paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. Combine that with its weight of just 2,222 lbs., and it gives you the power to weight ratio of the new Porsche 911 Turbo.
Eagle believes this Speedster model will accelerate from 0-60 mph in under five-seconds, and can top 160 mph.
No prices have been announced yet, but if you happen to be in London between June 22 to 24, you can see this car in person in the Syon Park section of Salon Privé.
Since going fast on public roads is both stupid and dangerous, not to mention illegal, more people are turning towards track days for their speed thrills. This has increased the demand for track-day specials like the Caterham 500 and the Ariel Atom. Now there will be a new kid on the block, fighting for your attention.
It’s called the Mono and it’s from Britain’s newest car company, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), and from the looks of this first product, they mean business. The Mono is a single-seater sportscar that weighs just 1,188 lbs. and is powered by a Cosworth developed 2.3-liter engine. Max output is 280 hp at 7700 rpm and 207 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox, same as the ones used in F3 race cars.
As you could imagine, its performance numbers are quite impressive. 0-60 mph takes just 2.8 seconds, while top speed is quoted at 170 mph.
BAC hopes to sell around 50 examples of the Mono this year, with prices starting at $108,600. That is certainly not cheap, so only time will tell how the buying public will respond to this latest track attack vehicle.