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Vector W8

Vector W8

America's answer to the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari was a long time in the making. Debuted in Los Angeles in 1977 as 'the fastest car in the world', the Vector W2 eventually saw launch in 1990 as the W8, with a Donovan-designed aluminium small-block V8 displacing 348ci (5,703cc) based on Chevrolet's Corvette engine. Two years later came the WX3 model, which utilized twin turbos on the same engine to produce an astonishing 1100bhp (820kW). Sadly, the tiny company never did enjoy particularly spectacular success and the total built to date numbers less than 50. What a package you got though, with a mid-engined aerodynamic body, lightweight composite panels, an aluminium chassis and huge ABS-assisted disc brakes to pull the car down from its top speed of 218mph (350km/h). This was a hypercar in the true sense, being fast, expensive and extremely rare.

Vector W8 Specifications

Top speed:195 mph (312 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.1 sec
Engine type:V12
Displacement:348 ci (5,707 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:492 bhp (367 kW) @ 7,000 rpm
Max torque:428 lb ft (580 Nm) @ 5,200 rpm
Weight:3,308 lb (1,504 kg)
Economy:8.4 mpg (3 km/I)
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