If you were asked to dream up the perfect sports car, it would most likely be mid-engined and about the size of an MX-5, with Aston Martin-like styling and German build quality.
Dream no more. This smartly styled 300bhp 3.6-litre V6-powered coupe - called the Artega - is making its world debut at the Geneva motor show this week.
Created by little-known German component supplier, Paragon, the Artega is a mid-engined two-seater, described by insiders as a modern intepretation of the legendary Lancia Stratos.
It has been conceived as part of a project designed to showcase Paragon’s engineering capabilities. However, it’s more than just a one-off. Plans are for the Artega to head into low-volume production in early 2008.
It is expected to cost around £50,000; a price that pitches the Artega into direct competition with the likes of the Porsche Cayman S, BMW Z4 M Coupe and Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG.
Among those lending support to the Artega project is Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, the former BMW manger credited with the resurrection of Rolls-Royce before briefly heading up Alfa Romeo and Maserati.