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Vygor Introduces Opera Sports Car

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On: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 11:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

Vygor Introduces Opera Sports Car

Following up on a teaser a couple weeks ago, Italian newcomer Vygor has introduced its Opera sports car. Like traditional opera, the sports car is an acquired taste (to put it optimistically), and not something most people will want to spend any time sitting in.

When I first heard the news of an all-new Italian sports car, I was pretty excited. After all, Italy is home to some of the most beautiful sports cars in the world—Paganis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, etc.—so what could possibly be bad about adding one more brand? Then, I looked closely at the teaser image and tried to envision the car behind the shadows—it wasn't really pretty, but I was hoping the shadows were playing tricks on my eyes.

They weren't. The Opera looks more 'cheap, entry level Japanese sports car' and less 'limited-run, Italian-styled coupe'. It's front end is about as awkward as I feared it would be, what with its strange, smiley grille. The high rear end looks like it would be much more at home on a crossover than on a sports car, and that flat nose makes it look like it ran into a wall. I really have nothing nice to say about this design.

Depending on the price, the Opera might offer decent bang for the buck, but I get the feeling it's going to be woefully overpriced too, since it's production is limited to 150 units. Vygor will offer 300-hp and 400-hp engine options, in a car that weighs around 3,300 lbs. The car also features standard all-wheel-drive (making it even more like a crossover).

Let this be a lesson to any other Italian start-ups out there. Your country is known for functional, four-wheeled artwork, so if you're going to have the stones to tease an all-new Italian sports car, it'd better be attractive. Or even halfway attractive.

Had Vygor advertised the Opera as an all-wheel-drive crossover, I'd have said "Meh. Not bad." But as a limited edition Italian sports car? Very bad, indeed.

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dwalter | 11:48AM (Wed, Oct 12, 2011)

that front end looks like a jack-o'-lantern

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