British sports car manufacturer, Ginetta, has this week unveiled a brand new high performance model called the G60.
The small and lightweight car will be sold globally but just 50 units will be built each year. The G60 will compete for sales against cars such as the Lotus Exige which is also a lightweight two-seater sports car but has been in production since the year 2000.
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The G60 is based on a previous Ginetta model called the F400, which had production plans halted so that much of it could be redesigned based on public feedback. The result is the G60 which has an almost identical appearance to the F400 on the outside, but has been overhauled under the skin.
Some minor updates to the body have been made to improve aerodynamics like carbon fibre cooling vents and a revised splitter. The body shell itself is made entirely of carbon fibre which means the car weighs just 1080kg.
Underneath the G60 is powered by a 3.7-litre V6 Ford petrol engine with 310bhp and 288lb/ft of torque. That allows the G60 to clear 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 165mph. The engine is also connected to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Many key mechanical components on the G60 have been altered from the F400, including the steel chassis, the brakes and the suspension.
Even with all these alterations though, the Ginetta remains a straight forward sports car with very few driving aids. Features like power steering, anti-lock brakes and traction control, which have become common on road cars, are called ‘nanny aids’ by Ginetta and they are all absent on the G60 because of its focus on driving enjoyment.
It isn’t above some luxury features however, with Bluetooth and climate control accessed via a 7" touch screen on the dashboard, included.
Customer orders for the Ginetta G60 are being taken now and it’s priced at £68,000; first deliveries of the sports car are expected to arrive in February 2012.