Multiculturalism – whether you love it or you’re a bigot, there’s no denying it’s responsible for some awesome creations; Beyonce, Mo Farah and chicken tikka masala to name a few. Mashups between nations can also have positive repercussions in the automotive world, the latest of which is the PGO Automobiles Cevennes Speedster.
The name, as you’ve probably guessed, is French, however the styling has a definite Franco-German air about it thanks to the distinctly continental front end and a Porsche-like rear. Its looks are somewhat unsurprising, given that PGO Automobiles started life manufacturing kit cars modelled after the Porsche 356.
Beneath that stylish rump is a mid-rear-mounted engine sourced from our German allies at BMW. The 1.6-litre turbocharged unit is perky enough to throw 181bhp and 240Nm of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. That’s relatively modest, but the Cevennes Speedster weighs approximately bugger all – 998kg to be precise – so it still goes like stink off French cheese. 0-60mph is completed in 6.8 seconds and it’ll keep pushing until it head butts the limiter at 140mph.
You’ll have to be pretty careful when driving one. PGO’s cars have never been built with anti-lock brakes or traction control systems. That said, the Cevenne’s Speedster should handle pretty well thanks to a MacPhereson strut setup front and rear, apparently a first for PGO.
Standard specification includes 17-inch alloys, electric windows and power steering, central locking, a radio-CD player, air con and a choice of red, white, blue or primrose paint finishes.
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PGO Automobiles Cevennes Speedster