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Melkus RS2000 GT

Melkus RS2000 GT

Melkus RS2000 GT

Melkus RS2000 GT

Melkus RS2000 GT

Melkus RS2000 GTS

Melkus RS2000 GTS

Melkus RS2000 GT

Melkus RS2000 GT

Melkus RS2000 GT interior

Melkus RS2000 GT interior

Year (of specifications) 2011
Engine 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged
Transmission 6-speed manual RWD
Max speed

186 mph

0-60 mph 4.5 seconds
Horsepower 300 hp (350 hp for the GTS)
weight 950 kgs / 2,094 lbs

The Melkus name originated in East Germany during the time the country was split in two following the Second World War. The company was founded in 1959 by Heinz Melkus, and it ran through to 1986 before it was closed down.

Then in 2006 the company was revived under the name Melkus engineering by Peter Melkus, son of Heinz Melkus. Soon after, it was announced the company was working on a new model. The Melkus RS2000 GT, as it was called, premiered at the 2009 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Two years later and it's ready for production.

The Melkus RS2000 GT is based around a composite and aluminium chassis, with a fiberglass and carbon fiber body placed over the top.

The bodywork itself takes inspiration from the only production car the first Melkus company produced, the RS 1000 - although understandably the RS2000 GT's design has been considerably modernized. The resulting car looks fairly unique from some angles, and from others it looks alarmingly like a new Lotus model.

Entry to the Melkus RS2000 GT is via gullwing doors. Once inside the occupants are met with a sparsely decorated cabin, but one that is also reasonably well equipped - especially for a new, small volume sports car manufacturer. There's all the basic creature comforts like air conditioning, CD player with flip-out screen, electric windows and dual airbags. Plus the colors of the two-tone leather upholstery can be individually selected by the buyer.

Powering the Melkus RS2000 GT is a mid-mounted turbocharged 1.8 litre VVTL-i engine which produces 300 horsepower. Although if you pay extra and go for the GTS model then 350 hp is on tap. Both cars use a 6-speed manual gearbox to transmit the power to the rear wheels.

The RS2000 GT takes 4.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, while the RS2000 GTS takes just 3.9 seconds. Top speed of both cars is around 186mph.

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