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Interesting Geneva Debuts: Artega GT Roadster
Maybe we shouldn't play favorites, but Geneva is easily our favorite auto show of the year. Not only is it a big auto show for the big names we're familiar with - especially the European ones - it's a good place to familiarize ourselves with European automakers that we really don't see for the rest of the year. German company Artega Automobil GmbH is one of those European companies. It will add a roadster version of its GT coupe in Geneva.
The Artega GT is a slightly pudgy, little coupe with a rather distinctive, wavy front-end and a fast, curvy profiile. The car was designed by Henrik Fisker back before he was mired in the ongoing problems of running a green car start-up. Say what you want about the Karma, the man can pen a nice vehicle.
The GT is powered by a 295-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine. It puts carbon fiber and strengthened steel components atop an aluminum spaceframe towards a weight around 2,827 lbs. It hits 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and tops out at 167 mph. It's not exactly an exotic, but it's an original, pretty car with enough oomph and speed for the average sports car guy. At a price of 75,000 euros ($100,000) it's more obtainable than a lot of other European sports cars.
GT Spirit reports that Artega will add a roadster variant in Geneva. Information is slim, but it will share the 3.6-liter powerplant with the hardtop. Its performance figures will likely get knocked, its price bumped up.
Interestingly, Artega's most powerful car is an electric coupe. The Artega SE uses two rear-mounted motors to put 375 restless ponies at the driver's foot. That model is quicker to 62 mph by nearly a second (3.9 seconds) and is capable of more than 125 mph. Despite hauling a big lithium-ion pack around, the SE weighs only about 10 percent more than the GT. It has a range between 125 and 185 miles. Estimated price is 150,000 euros ($200,000).
Artega's dealership network extends throughout Germany and Switzerland, into the Middle East and Asia, so we don't anticipate seeing the GT, GT Roadster or SE on US highways. And that brings us back to why we love Geneva.
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Tags: roadsters, sports cars, 2012 Geneva Motor Show, new cars, Artega, GT
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