Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mastretta MXR

Mastretta, being the first Mexican Sports Car, celebrating Mexico Independence Day!

Mastretta MXR
Name: Mastretta MXR
Produced: 2014 First  Editions
Year: 2014
Designer: Ryu Asada / Daniel Mastretta

The story behind: Mastretta Cars is a Mexican car maker and design studio established by industrial designer Daniel Mastretta in Mexico City in 1987.In 2010 MXT is the first developed vehicle to reach international commercial availability.

The 2012 Mastretta MXT was officially introduced to the international motoring press at the Los Angeles motor show in November 2011. In production, it is constructed on a tube-frame monocoque chassis, using double wishbone suspension pieces front and rear, carrying coil springs and monoshocks. Carbon-fiber body elements and aluminum elements in the chassis contribute to a low curb weight of 930 kg.The engine is Ford's Duratec in-line 4-cylinder, with an announced power output of 250 PS (184 kW) and 348Nm of torque connected to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Pricing for the MXT start at $58,000 USD depending on options, and the equivalent in Euros, Mexican Pesos and British Pounds. Sales began in early 2011 in the United Kingdom and Mexico, followed by other international destinations, such as France and the U.S.

The looks: Mastreta MXR was the first model announced for the 2014 Hot Wheels line , this is kind of achievement considering there is a lot of fandom in Mexico and being the first sports car build here it was a huge news. The model is faithful to the original design detail wise in an out. The model is solid being die cast for most part only the interiors, intakes and of course the chassis is made of plastic. Speaking of which I felt that the chassis was uneventful being only a plate of plastic with little almost no detail at  all. 

As I said before being the first Mexican sports deluxe car I was excited but I didnt find it till late 2014 in my latest trip to Brazil; something very exciting I must add. Overall this high-performance, lightweight sports car built and engineered completely in Mexico. Boasting 0 to 100 km per hour in less than 5 seconds, it's fast, powerful and built to move.

Being the first Mexican Sports car I had to take the chance and celebrate Mexico Independence Day with this review. Have a good day all and Viva Mexico! :D

Rating: ****/2

From left to right: Lamborghini Reventon, Lotus Elise, Mastretta MXR, 09 Corvette ZRI, Ferrari 458 Italia

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