1996 Vector M12


1996 Vector M12

1996 Vector M12

The Vector M12 was a vehicle designed by parent company Megatech LTD the Vector Motors Corporation, and was the first vehicle produced after the hostile takeover of the company from Jerry Wiegert by the Indonesian company Megatech.

The model was produced from 1995 to 1999, when production was halted, partly due to slow sales of the cars and mismanagement of the company. The average price of the vehicle was $184,000 (USD).

Today you can purchase an M12 normally for $65,000 to $189,000 paid by a purchaser of a purple M12 at Barrett Jackson for a record sale price.

The vehicle was a rebodied Lamborghini Diablo with a chopper gun fiberglass body set on a lengthened Diablo chassis. It was a loose copy of the Vector AWX-3, which was not released due to the Megatech hostile takeover.

The drivetrain was a 5707 cc Lamborghini V12 engine, which produced 499 PS (367 kW; 492 hp) and 425 lb·ft (576 N·m) of torque at 5200 rpm.

This differed from the V8 in the W8 and the AWX-3, which Vector claimed to produce 1,200 hp (895 kW) in twin-turbo form (and 850 hp (634 kW) when naturally aspirated). The W8 and AWX-3’s engines were transversely mounted, unlike the M12’s V12. The engineering changes placed the cockpit slightly further forward than in the AWX-3, with a shorter nose and longer tail. The M12 was able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.8 seconds and had a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h).

In Detail

price $ $ $184 000 usd
engine V12
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 5707 cc / 348.3 in³
bore 87.0 mm / 3.43 in
stroke 80.0 mm / 3.15 in
compression 10.0:1
power 365.4 kw / 490.0 bhp @ 6800 rpm
specific output 85.86 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
torque 576.2 nm / 425.0 ft lbs @ 5200 rpm
redline 7600 rpm
body / frame Carbon Reinforced Fibreglass
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
front tires 235/40ZR-18
rear tires 325/30ZR-18
front brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
f brake size x 320 mm / x 12.6 in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
r brake size x 310 mm / x 12.2 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 20.3 cm / 18.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 30.5 cm / 18.0 x 12.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
curb weight 1633 kg / 3600 lbs
wheelbase 2743 mm / 108.0 in
front track 1605 mm / 63.2 in
rear track 1633 mm / 64.3 in
length 4780 mm / 188.2 in
width 2019 mm / 79.5 in
height 1130 mm / 44.5 in
transmission 5-Speed Manaul
gear ratios 2.23:1, 1.47:1, 1.09:1, 0.85:1, 0.66:1, :1
final drive 4.22:1
top speed ~305.8 kph / 190.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~10.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~12.7 seconds