New Marcos GTC: the reinvented TSO
5 July 2006

A new version of Marcos' 190mph TSO coupé, called the GTC, is to be unveiled in London next week. It incorporates nearly 150 improvements derived from a year of extensive testing and customer feedback.

Examples will start flowing immediately to customers at just under £50,000. A targa-top version is due to follow very soon, according to Marcos owner Tony Stelliga.

Powered by a 450bhp version of the Chevy Corvette's 6.0-litre V8, the GTC has special exhausts, bespoke engine management, induction tweaks and a uniquely engineered exhaust note.

It weighs only 1125kg at the kerb and so delivers spectacular performance: 0-60mph in 4.1sec, 0-100mph in 8.5sec, 0-100-0 in 13.2sec and 50 to 70mph in just 2.1sec.

Against last year's GT2 the GTC is roomier, has better visibility and has a stiffer yet lighter body. Marcos believes the new model can deliver class-beating standards of quality by means of a new, labour-efficient production system.

The tubular chassis is precision-built at Prodrive (the site of Marcos' own HQ) and then built into a rolling chassis before the body is fitted. The shell itself is a dual-gemcoat, foam-core GRP structure which needs very little paint shop preparation and is precision-aligned to the chassis.

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

Production is currently at one car a week, but should reach two cars towards the end of the year. Marcos holds about four months' worth of back orders, and aims to continue at that rate.

Steve Cropley

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week