What is it?
A direct challenger to Porsche’s brilliant Cayman S, produced by a German company that you’ve almost certainly never heard of.
A tough assignment: but bear in mind that the Artega is backed by the multi-millionaire owner of a major motor industry component supplier, it’s been designed by Henrik Fisker (late of Aston Martin) and the bloke bringing it to market is Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, the guy behind BMW’s best M-series cars, plus Mini, Rolls-Royce and lots of other important (and successful) projects.
The Artega GT is a compact but roomy mid-engined two-seater coupe, with full safety equipment. The production aim is for 500 units a year, all for sale in Europe, though America is a longer-term objective.
The GT is a mid-engined car built with an aluminium space-frame and powered by the same 297bhp, 3.6-litre Volkswagen V6 engine that fires-up the range-topping Passat CC.
The GT’s compactness makes it light: it’s tipped to weigh around 1170kg at the kerb and undercut a Porsche by around 10 per cent.
What’s it like?
To judge from the near-production prototype that we drove, the omens are extremely good.