• Italians revive the Willys Interlagos

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    Only 110 units of the revived Interlagos will be built

    Only 110 units of the revived Interlagos will be built

    Italian coach-building firms Maggiora and Carrozzeria Viotti have collaborated to revive the Willys Interlagos, the gorgeous Brazillian sportscar of the 1960’s. According to gizmag.com, the car features a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 610 horsepower. The beautiful coupe was unveiled last December at the Bologna Motor Show.

    The original Willys Interlagos was a Renault-Alpine A108 built as a convertible and coupe for the Brazilian market by Willys-Overland. The car had plenty of racing success at the hands of ace drivers including Emerson and Wilson Fittipaldi.

    Powering the 2015 Willys Interlagos is likely to be the platform of a donor Porsche 911. According to its makers, the Interlagos is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine mounted in the rear. Peak output is an impressive 610 horsepower, which will see the car accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.7 seconds and keep going until it maxes out at 212 mph.

    The car’s beautiful styling draws from the 1960’s Interlagos

    The car’s beautiful styling draws from the 1960’s Interlagos

    The car’s rear mounted engine also produces 830 Nm (612 lb.ft) of torque at 4500 rpm, which is channeled to the rear wheels by a six-speed paddle shift gearbox. Though all of this power may be good for a claimed top speed of 340 km/h (211 mph), it isn’t great for fuel economy. While the new Interlagos should achieve 9.3 l/100km on the highway, around town Maggiora says the car will guzzle 18.9 l/100km (12 mpg).

    There is more, however, to this car than a massively powerful engine. Maggiora and Carrozzeria Viotti have fitted the car with an independent MacPherson Strut front suspension system, with a multilink system at the rear. Braking is handled by ceramic composite discs, measuring 380 mm up front and 360 mm at the rear, clamped on by six and four piston aluminum calipers respectively. This modern powertrain and suspension system helps to keep the Interlagos’ weight down – kerb weight it just 1350 kg (2976 lb).

    The car’s beautiful styling draws on details from the Interlagos of the 1960’s, like the shape of the rear glass, and the chrome wheels.

    Maggiora is planning to build 110 of its modern Interlagos in Turin, Italy. The price is set at US$ 468,000. Reports have it that one unit has been purchased by a Russian auto enthusiast.

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