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Yet Another Home-Brewed Supercar...When Will It End

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On: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss


Yet Another Home-Brewed Supercar...When Will It End

Years ago, before I started following the auto industry on a daily basis, I liked nothing better than to come across a hot, new supercar from a brand I'd never heard of (even if it happened to be fluorescent green). After all, supercars are the ultimate expression of power, style, and speed, the pinnacle of human automotive achievement.

Now that I cover the industry every day, there's nothing that I like less than a new supercar from a random company. Because it seems like anyone with a few high school mechanics classes under his belt and a garage to work in can build their own formulaically styled kit car, drop a GM V-8 in back, and call it a "supercar."

That's basically the formula of the CustomGT from German-based CCG Automotive.

CCG debuted the car over the Web this week. From first glance, it's like a giant supercar cliche: every-supercar styling, Corvette engine options, carbon fiber body to save weight, bright color to attract attention, etc.

But the car does offer a couple interesting specs. According to CCG, curb weight drops as low as 2,200 lbs—that's the same as the multi-million dollar Lamborghini Sesto Elemento concept—thanks to a tubular steel space frame, carbon fiber body, and stripped down interior.

CCG will equip that ultralight auto with either a 6.0-liter GM V-8 or a 7.0-liter V-8. The smaller engine offers 450 horses and the bigger 7.0 option delivers 550 horses (or 740 hp with optional turbocharging).

The CustomGT's combination of powerful 'Vette engines and light shell deliver the car to 62 mph in a mere 3.3 seconds. Top speed is a little less impressive, with CCG quoting a 199 mph max.

Since supercar owners tend to be very concerned with the environment (sarcasm), CCG offers an optional liquefied petroleum gas fueling system that puts a dent in emissions and fueling costs. At least that gives the CustomGT something original to brag about.

CCG lists the base price of the CustomGT at 113,500 euros, which is around $158,000. So if you're in the market for a $150,000 car that lacks any originality or soul, you have an option. Another option.


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Stephy21 | 9:10AM (Thu, Nov 3, 2011)

Wow this car looks kinda weird with how it is shaped and how long the hood is and how short the back is. It looks like a nice car for people who are into sports cars and off brands. I'm glad to see that they made the body out of carbon fiber. And they give you an option to either get regular gas or liquefied petroleum fueling system.



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