The Jaguar F-Type R could have competition. Italian car manufacturer Puritalia Automobili is working on a car that combines roadster fun and Italian design flair with good-old American muscle.
The Puritalia 427 Roadster is a two-seater, rear-wheel drive roadster powered by a front-mounted 5.0-litre Ford V8 that outputs 445hp and 530Nm of torque in its naturally-aspirated form and a more favourable 605hp and 640Nm when packing a supercharger. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard.
Keeping all those lovely ponies in check are Brembo brakes with 380mm discs and six-pot calipers at the front and 345mm discs and four-pot calipers at the rear. There are also Eibach springs on Bilstein two-way adjustable shock absorbers, Pirelli P Zero tyres and a limited-slip differential.
Puritalia says the 427 Roadster is a nod to iconic 1960s roadsters like the Shelby Cobra, which explains the lack of rear seats, paltry kerb weight of 1,150kg (the original, smaller Mazda MX-5 weighed 955kg) and bug-eyed headlights at the front for lighting the way in retro style.
If you are impressed by the looks, wait until you hear it in one of the videos below. Your ears will definitely thank you – that V8 chorus is heavenly.
There’s no word on when you can buy the 427 Puritalia Roadster, if at all. All we know is testing began in December 2014. A price tag north of £100,000 is likely, given the big engine, limited and production and use of carbon fibre for the body.