Mexican automaker Mastretta began production of the MXT sports car this year, bringing it to the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce it to the U.S. The company only plans on building 150 cars per year, with a price per car of $55,000 to $60,000.

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The MXT is similar to sports cars built by Lotus, in that it is very light, weighing only 2,050 pounds, and is designed for rigidity. Those factors, and its short wheelbase, should lead to excellent handling.

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17-inch wheels should make for easy turn-in. The brake calipers are not particularly large, but should provide adequate stopping power, considering the car's weight.

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The MXT is a midengine two-seater, with a weight distribution of 55 percent to the rear and 45 percent to the front.

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Mastretta says the MXT makes it to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Top speed is 150 mph. With the car's engineering, it should excel in handling.

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Mastretta sources the MXT's engine from Ford. It is the 2-liter four-cylinder Duratec, with a turbocharger and custom programming. It produces 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque.

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The MXT's structure is similar to that used by Lotus. It has an aluminum tub with front and rear suspension pieces bolted on. This type of structure is very rigid, helping keep the car tires planted.

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The interior has a very simple design, but the materials show good quality. The seats have high bolsters, appropriate for a sports car.

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The MXT has a five-speed manual transmission. The console is topped by a carbon fiber panel inset with the ignition lock.

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Mastretta chose an aftermarket Clarion head unit for the MXT, which includes usual cabin tech features such as navigation and iPod connectivity.

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