France's only supercar manufacturer, Venturi, started manufacturing in 1984 and tested Peugeot's four-cylinder turbo engines at first. However, they eventually went for Renault's GTA V6, and full production began in 1986 with two models, the 210 and 260 (bhp output). The 260 used a backbone chassis with the glass-fibre composite body bonded to it to form a stiff moonquake. The suspension had double wishbones up front and a sophisticated multi-link rear. The PRV V6, so called because both Peugeot, Renault and Volvo use it, started off as a 153ci (2.5-liter) but was increased in 1990 then again to 183ci (3 liters) in 1994. Venturi modified the all-alloy unit with new pistons, camshafts, high compression and a new exhaust. Extra power came through an intercooled Garrett turbo. The car combined leech-like grip, controllable oversteer, sharp steering and incredible braking power.
Venturi 260 Specifications
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