The MXT is the first car wholly engineered and developed by Mexican automaker Mastretta, which was previously known for producing kit cars. With a mass of just over 2,000 pounds, the MXT is a decidedly lightweight sports car that promises brisk acceleration and sharp handling.
Outside, the MXT features styling distinguished by cues like headlights that terminate in massive air intakes, a centrally mounted exhaust pipe and, aft of the passenger compartment, a flying buttress treatment that recalls the Ferrari 599 GTB. Overall, the look is a bit blocky but definitely unique.
The MXT's body is made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, beneath which lies an aluminum chassis along with a carbon fiber floor panel and engine cradle.
Speaking of engines, the MXT uses a Ford-sourced, mid-mounted 2.0-liter turbo four that produces a healthy 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual, the only transmission available. Mastretta says the MXT is able to hit 60 mpg from a standstill in just under five seconds.
When it comes time to bring the action to a halt, the MXT is equipped with 300 x 22 mm ventilated and perforated brakes front and rear that with four piston calipers.
Inside, the MXT features a minimalistic yet roomy interior with enough room to seat occupants of up to 6'3". Highlights include carbon fiber seats upholstered in leather, closely positioned aluminum pedals that facilitate quick footwork and a flat-bottomed steering wheel finished in suede. Technology features include GPS navigation, iPod connectivity, hands-free communication via Bluetooth and a DVD player.
Mastretta says that it will build 150 MXTs per year, 70 percent of which will be sent to Europe and the United States. The asking price is around $60,000.
The Mastretta MXT's main competitor is the mid-engined, ultra-lightweight Lotus Elise. Potential buyers could also conceivably cross shop the precision-handling Porsche Cayman or the larger and more powerful BMW M3 coupe.