MTX Tatra V8

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MTX Tatra V8 - first prototype
MTX Tatra V8 - second prototype
MTX Tatra V8 - third prototype, now in Sports Car Museum Lány
Rear view

The MTX Tatra V8 was a super-sports car made by MTX in cooperation with Tatra in 1991. It was designed by Czech automobile designer Václav Král and was the fastest Czech car in that time. Under the hood lies a Tatra V8 3.9L with 225 kW (306 PS; 302 hp) @ 6500 rpm, it has scissor doors opening vertically and pop-up headlamps. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is given as 5.6 seconds and the maximum speed reaches 265 km/h.[1]

After it passed driving tests at the Tatra polygon races at Kopřivnice, at airport in Mošnov and at autodrom in Most, it was finally introduced to the public in October 1991 at the auto show in Prague. After that, the MTX had almost 200 orders for this car, so the company started production of a limited series of 100 pieces. Unfortunately, when the project was sold to a new owner during the early stages of production, the factory suffered a fire that forever terminated volume manufacturing of this unique car.[2]

Only four Tatra MTX V8s were ever built; a red and a white one that have Czech private owners, a black one that you can see in the Sports Car Museum in Lány, and a fourth was reportedly delivered as a kit to the United States. In 2010 the car appeared in the Kanye West film Runaway.

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  • wheelbase: 2400 mm
  • length: 4600 mm
  • weight: 1350 kg
  • tyre/tire sizes: disks OZ Racing, pneu Pirelli P Zero 245/40 ZR-17 front, 335/35 ZR-17 back
  • motor: Tatra 623, air-cooled V8 32v DOHC
  • displacement: 3919cc (3.9L)
  • max. power : 160 kW (218 PS; 215 hp) @ 6000rpm, 225 kW (306 PS; 302 hp) @ 6500rpm (injection version)
  • top speed: 246 km/h, 265 km/h (injection version)
  • 0–100 km/h: 6.2 s, 5.6 s (injection version)

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