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Friday, December 5, 2014

Willys AW 380 Features Retrotastic Looks, Impressive Speed


Willys AW380

In 1960, Italian coach builders Maggiora and Viotti rolled out a sportscar based on the Renault Alpine A108. It was called the Willys Interlagos, and was considered by many to be Brazil’s first true sportscar. They built about 822 units between 1962 and 1966 before calling it quits.

Now, Maggiora and Viotti are reviving their Willys brand with a very special, very unique new car. It’s called the AW 380, and it’s a lovely throwback to the original Alpine-based sportscar of the 60s.

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Unveiled today at the Essen Motor Show, the AW 380 features a 3.8-liter six-cylinder bi-turbo engine producing 610 horsepower. The body is comprised entirely of carbon fiber, keeping the total curb weight at only 2,976 lbs.

And this thing actually goes as good as it looks. It comes with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox that allows it to reach 0-62 mph in only 2.7 seconds, on to a top speed of 212 mph.

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Only 110 examples will be built, with the first few going on sale next month. For that kind of heritage and performance in a single package, you’ll be dishing out €380,000 ($468,000).