By Sanjiv Sathiah
Sunday, Dec 9th, 2012 @ 12:00 am
 

New Italian car maker Vygor has teased pictures of the production version of its RUV, which it is calling the world's first Racing Utility Vehicle.

The Opera promises to be a high-riding sports car with off-road capabilities. It is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo charged four-cylinder engine is available in three different performance variants. The entry model pumps out 296 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, the mid-range version pushes out 345 hp and 361 lb-ft, and the range topper makes 414 hp and 435 lb-ft.

The Opera is available with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with paddles on the steering wheel, matching its performance aspirations. Power is delivered to all four wheels with a Torsen differential in front and a limited-slip differential in back, helping to ensure the Opera delivers maximum power to the ground. A cockpit differential adjustment is included for fine-tuning handling on the fly.

Its off-roading and performance credentials are boosted by the inclusion Ohlins shocks, with four-piston Brembo brakes in front and two-piston rears with drilled rotors. Buyers can choose from a choice of three different types of alloy wheels wrapped in tires ranging in size from 18 to 22 inches.

The Opera could not be described as svelte at 3,400 pounds, however the it can reach a top speed of 155-161 mph depending on the engine chosen. It can accomplish a sprint from 0-62 mph in just 5.9 seconds for the base model, 5.4 seconds for the mid-range model, 4.9 seconds for the 414-hp version.

Only 150 Operas will be built, with prices starting at around $180,000.