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Tatra T613


Tatra T613

Czechoslovakian manufacturer Tatra was nothing if not proud of its ability to be unconventional, and the T613 proved that point perfectly. Enormous and arguably ungainly in appearance, the T613 was designed with government officials and seriously wealthy businessmen in mind. But although it looked like a conventional three-box saloon, the engine was hidden in the back, almost directly above the rear axle in order to alleviate handling problems previously associated with rear-engined Tatras. What's more, the quad-cam V8 unit was air-cooled, giving it a distinctive exhaust note. Although sold in strictly limited numbers, as few people in what was then Czechoslovakia could afford such an elaborate machine, it enjoyed a production run of 23 years, manufacture finally ending in 1998 when the company folded.

Tatra T613 Specifications

Top speed:115 mph (184 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):12.0 sec
Engine type:air-cooled V8
Displacement:213 ci (3,495 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:165 bhp (123 kW) at 4,400 rpm
Max torque:150 lb ft (204 Nm) at 2,800 rpm
Weight:4,104 lb (1,846 kg)
Economy:16 mpg (57 km/I)
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