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New Dutch Supercar Coming to Salon Prive

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On: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 7:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


New Dutch Supercar Coming to Salon Prive

It used to be that supercars only came from a handful of countries like Italy, the U.K., and the United States. No more. We've seen supercars from every continent not covered in a massive ice sheet, and some countries are slowly catching up with the leaders. The Netherlands is one such country. Spyker returned to the scene more than a decade ago, and Savage Rivale gave the country another legitimate supercar—or super convertible, in that case. The new Vencer Sarthe makes three. 

Vencer first revealed the Sarthe at Top Marques Monaco in April and will show the car in the U.K. for the first time atSalon Privé in September. Since we didn't cover the car at its original debut, we're taking the recent announcement as an excuse to give it a closer look now.

The Sarthe is destined to be a low-volume, hand-built supercar that gives aficionados another reason to import four-wheeled goods from The Netherlands. It sits on ahybrid space frame chassis that combines high grade tubular steel with a chromoly safety structure and rear sub-frame with the floor made of an aluminium honeycomb. Along with a carbon fiber body, that lightweight hybrid helps keep the car's weight at 3,064 lbs, which is evenly distributed (45 percent front, 55 percent rear) thanks to the mid mounting of the 510-hp GM V8 engine.

Okay, 510 ponies is about half of what true "supercars" are coming rumbling out of the factory with nowadays. So "supercar" might be a bit of a stretch. But the Sarthe does combine exotic, if not particularly unique, styling with a performance spec sheet that includes a 3.8-second 0-62 mph time and a 202 mph top speed. Those numbers definitely allude to a fast, fierce, and flat-out fun ride. Combine that with the fact that Vencer goes old school with a fully manual six-speed transmission, and leaves out drive-numbing assistance systems except for ABS and EBD, and owners certainly won't care less whether the car is or is not rightfully labeled a supercar. This is a powerful, driver-obsessed sports car through and through.

While reminiscent of other mid-engined supercars like the Noble M600, McLaren F1 and Saleen S7, the Sarthe is certainly a powerful, fast-looking piece of design. While its front and profile are fairly run-of-the-mill, its flat, bold rear fascia with integrated exhaust tips gives it a little bit of flair and uniqueness.

Inside, the Sarthe features leather seats, an LCD display, and a few amenities like an efficient climate control system, electric windows, and in-car entertainment. Customers are free to add amenities but may cost themselves performance by way of increased weight. This is a driver's car, first and foremost.


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