litre 4 cylinder
The attractive Seat Tango roadster was first revealed
at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Tango concept was
designed to recreate the elements of sports cars from
the '50s and '60s without resorting to retro gimmicks
Under the curvaceous aluminium body, the Seat Tango is
supported by a sophisticated tubular framework - which
is actually a development of the World Rally Car safety
Mounted up front is a 1.8 litre turbocharged
4 cylinder engine developing 180 horsepower and running
power through a 6 speed manual gearbox. This gives the
Tango a top speed of 145 mph and a 0-60 time of 7 seconds.
Central to the Seat Tango's design is a high degree of
safety. ABS, electronic stability control and traction
control help to keep the car on the road. And if that
fails, twin front-airbags, side-airbags, a progressive
deformation structure and a central passenger cell help
to cushion the impact.
The distinctive exterior styling of the Seat Tango is
complemented by the use of interior materials on the storage
pods behind the passenger compartment. At the same time
the metallic grey exterior color of the Tango features
heavily in the interior. This serves to break down the
borders between interior and exterior design, the two
While the seat is fixed in the interior, a comfortable
driving position can be easily achieved by altering the
position of the steering column, instrument panel, and
pedals from a control on the center console.
Unfortunately, while the Seat Tango was an attractive,
distinctive and well thought out sports car, Seat decided
not to put the car into production and it remains a concept.
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