13 May 2005

Marcos, the emergent sports car firm renowned for its traditional front-engined V8 models, is poised to unveil a new fastback coupé based on its new TSO roadster. The car, tipped to cost under £50,000, is reminiscent of the Holden-based TSO GT coupé which Marcos recently launched in Australia.

The company’s owner and chairman, Canadian computer magnate Tony Stelliga, said the car is targeted expressly at the ‘aggressive and highly competitive’ UK market. It incorporates new aerodynamic, design and process thinking from Marcos, which last year moved from Wiltshire to new headquarters within the Kenilworth test track owned by the Prodrive engineering consultancy.

The new coupé, which will be unveiled at London’s Canary Wharf Motor Show early next month, is powered by a 475bhp, Marcos-tuned all-alloy version of GM’s 5.7-litre V8, as used in the new Chevrolet Corvette. Much of the powertrain is from a Corvette, too, but the Marcos should be much quicker because it has an extra 75bhp and weighs only 1200kg against the Chevy’s 1442kg.

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