For the first time outside the UK, visitors to the international Top Marques supercar show in Monaco will be able to glimpse a stunning sports car which
will be built in the Midlands region of the UK, the historic home of British prestige sports cars.
Virago Cars is to show the two seat coupe which has its roots in a sports race car, at Top Marques Monaco which will be held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco from 24th to 27th April. The fifth edition of the live supercar show is the only one in the world which stars the most beautiful and powerful machines on the planet; a panoramic display of beauty, speed, technology, craftsmanship, and sheer passion.
Virago is a high tech/race bred sports car which will fill a niche in the automotive market, selling for around €70,000 and will be refined, comfortable and practical for everyday use. A revised interior is in design currently which will be best in class, with some interesting extra technology features for driver and passenger, and superior to anything else at the price.
A 3 litre Duratec V6 engine produces 230bhp in base vehicle form, rising to 280bhp in Sports form which will provide reliability and easy low cost servicing. Performance figures suggest a top speed in excess of 150mph and an acceleration time to 60mph in less than 5.5 seconds, delivered through a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The space frame chassis coupled with the composite monocoque body shell gives a lightweight and strong package with superb stiffness and handling.
Managing Director, Andy Nowson, a former Land Rover executive and vehicle product planner said: “Virago is not aimed at the ‘ultimate-power’ buyer, but rather at those looking for a stunning, reliable, practical, yet fast and fun, daily sports coupé. As such, it’s a very interesting proposition alongside many of the supercars which will be at the Monaco show.”
“Creating and building this car is a great opportunity, not only to deliver an exciting product to discerning customers, but also in establishing a new iconic brand along the way. We will be establishing new manufacturing facilities to start low-volume build early 2009.”