New Vector WX8 revives iconic American supercar name

New Vector WX8 revives iconic American supercar name

If the name Gerald Weigert sounds familiar, you’re probably a car nut of a certain age that remembers his travails trying to launch his pet supercar project, the Vector, back in the ’70s, and the ensuing limited production run and financial difficulties during the ’80s and early ’90s. Originally powered by a turbocharged GM V8 in W8 guise, they eventually were fitted with a Lamborghini-sourced V12 in the M12 model. Fast forward to 2007, and the man that created quite a stir a generation ago with his All-American supercar is at it again. Vector Motors sent out a press release announcing their newest offering, the Vector Avtech WX8.

The full specs on the car are in the release (which you’ll find after the jump), but it’s fairly similar to the original plan. A race developed chassis with a bunch of aerospace technology, powered by a big V8. In this case it appears to be a Z06 mill that has been tweaked to produce 600HP, or a whopping 750 with an optional supercharger. Claimed acceleration is right in the middle of the supercar pack with 0-60 mph happening in 3.3 seconds, the quarter in 11.3 sec. at 138 mph, and a top speed of 260-270 MPH, given the proper gearing.

We’ll see the car at the LA Auto Show this week, but Jalopnik ran these photos which make it look a bit like a mid-engined previous gen Camaro. We’re not sure if this is the final look or not, so we’ll reserve judgment.

Carversation Comments: maybe fast but still looks like a 98 camaro.

[Source: Vector Motors via Jalopnik, Autoblog.com]

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