Italian company previews Corvette-powered supercar

The Mazzanti Evantra sprints from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds.

A year ago, a mysterious Italian company called Mazzanti released five computer-generated images of a concept that previewed an upcoming supercar called Evantra. At the time, the two-seater was powered by a 600-horsepower flat-six engine and earmarked for a mid-2012 release date.

A little later than planned, Mazzanti has just unveiled a batch of images that bring the production version of the Evantra to light. Visually, the two-seater looks roughly the same as the concept that was presented a year ago but it has undergone numerous modifications beneath the skin.

The biggest difference is found by looking in the engine bay, where the flat-six engine has been replaced by a Corvette-sourced 7.0-liter V8 engine that has been pushed to 700 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque. Linked to a six-speed sequential gearbox, it propels the coupe from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 217 mph.

The Evantra's chassis was designed in-house and is made of lightweight steel. Buyers can decide whether they want the body built out of carbon fiber or out of aluminum. Regardless of what material is chosen, the Evantra measures 170 inches long, 48 inches high, and 76 inches wide. It weighs about 2,600 pounds when fitted with a carbon fiber body.

Although billed as a car for the track, the Evantra packs a full list of standard equipment including satellite navigation and a MP3 player.

The Mazzanti Evantra will likely make its public debut at the Top Marques show that will take place in Monaco next year. Pricing information and more photos will be unveiled in the weeks leading up to the gathering.

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