VUHL has opened the order books in U.K. for the “05” sports car which kicks off at £59,995.
Starting today, Mexican specialty marque VUHL is displaying a right-hand-drive 05 in production guise at the London Motor Show to coincide with the model’s U.K. sales lunch. It has to face some very stiff competition coming from more reputable models such as the Ariel Atom, KTM X-Bow, BAC Mono, and Caterham R300. Just like the other four, the VUHL 05 is designed to serve as a very fun track toy that you can also legally drive on public roads.
The two-seater is motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine which pushes out 285 horsepower (212 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 newton meters) of torque. It weighs just 1,532 pounds (695 kilograms), so it has an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 410 hp / ton. To achieve such a lightweight construction, VUHL developed a bonded aluminum monocoque wrapped in a reinforced plastic body, with an optional carbon fiber variant available at an additional cost.
With a respectable amount of power in such a light body, it’s no wonder the VUHL 05 will sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill in only 3.7 seconds before maxing out at 152 mph (245 kph). To stop efficiently, the track-focused machine has 310-mm front and 280-mm rear ventilated discs matched with four-piston aluminum calipers.
You can check out this exact car until Sunday at stand M4 in Hall 1 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park during the ongoing 2016 London Motor Show.
Gallery: VUHL 05 in London
LONDON MOTOR SHOW MARKS VUHL 05 LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERCAR AS ‘OFFICIALLY ON SALE’ IN THE UK
The VUHL 05 is now on sale in the UK, with the Mexican manufacturer showcasing its production specification lightweight supercar at the new London Motor Show in Battersea Park this week.
Back in the UK for a series of promotional events and appearances this summer, the London Motor Show will be VUHL’s first visit to the capital as officially on sale, and provides the perfect platform for enthusiasts and potential customers to get up close to one of 2016’s most thrilling new cars.
VUHL cars will be sold directly through official UK dealer, Bespoke Performance (www.bespokeperformance.co.uk) based in Ware, Hertfordshire – who will be representing VUHL and welcoming visitors across four days at the London Motor Show from the 5th to 8th May 2016.
Iker Echeverria, VUHL Technical Director, said: “After thrilling UK crowds for the first time with our 05 prototype at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we are proud to announce that our full production specification car for the UK is now on sale. This is a momentous occasion for the company as the UK represents a key market for us from both a sales and engineering perspective, with almost half of the components sourced here. We hope many visitors will come to our stand and get a close-up look at our first UK car.”
The VUHL 05 is a precision engineered lightweight two-seater supercar designed for both road and track use. It combines advanced design with lightweight construction and superb build quality to deliver one of the most exhilarating driving experiences on the road. A power-to-weight ratio of 410bhp/tonne means the 05 accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds to a top speed of 150mph. UK prices for the VUHL 05 start at £59,995.00.
VUHL will be located at stand M4 in Hall 1 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park.
Further information on the VUHL 05 can be found at www.VUHLautomotive.com and that regarding Bespoke Performance at www.bespokeperformance.co.uk.