Thursday, March 24, 2005

Marcos: a muscle car looking for a fight

The days of American muscle cars are long gone, but maybe the Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 should look across the Atlantic for a fight. Marcos, the small independent British manufacturer, keeps proving that America is not the only nation that can build old school muscle cars. The company recently headed down under to unveil their new TSO GT coupe at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide motor race. The beautifully sculpted two-seater GT features the 5.7-liter V8 engine from the last-generation Corvette and Pontiac GTO. While the Marcos certainly has an air of British distinction and style, deep down it is all muscle. By introducing the TSO GT in Australia, Marcos is clearly setting its sights on one of the last great automotive markets in the world, and looking to out power and out drive the likes of the Morano and Falcons. Tuned for 400 bhp, the TSO accelerates 0-60 mph in just over four seconds, and to 100 mph in just over nine seconds. Top speed is estimated to be over 185 mph. Or simply wow. Now where is Don King when we need him? I predict a pay per view special in the works.


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