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Oh Canada! 391kW cB7 unleashed

2014-02-11 13:39

CANADIAN BUILT SPORTS CAR: The Felino cB7 sports car will head into limited production in 2015. Image: FELINO

MONTREAL, Canada - Canadian automaker Felino launched a drop-dead gorgeous sports car at the 2014 Montreal International Auto Show.

The high-performance two-seater sports car is the creation of Felino CEO and race driver Antoine Bessette and took four years to develop before the concept was unveiled in January 2014.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Felino cB7

The cB7 is a tubular-frame vehicle clad in composite and carbon-fibred elements. It's 4.1m long, 1.9m wide and 1.1m tall, with a wheelbase of 2.4m and weighs about 1000kg (depending on the drive train).

It has an assertive, sporty design, sloped roof and bulbous rear and curves along the sides. Though still in  concept form, we reckon it’s possibly on the best-looking sports cars yet.

Felino said its cB7 can carry a four, six or eight-cylinder engine.

V8-POWERED BEAUTY

The model shown in Montreal has a 6.2 V8 capable of 391kW/489Nm and a six-speed manual (auto an option) gearbox.

According to the automaker: “While the cB7 is purpose-built for the track it will possibly be street legal. The Felino cB7 is primarily designed for the international market.

“Felino now has the capacity to produce more composite and carbon-fibred bodies and store a comprehensive parts inventory for this high-performance sports car. Felino will now phase in pre-production models and will take them to the track and the street in 2014.”

Felino hopes its cB7 will retail for the equivalent of R1-million. A limited production is forecast for 2015 and the automaker said it’s considering a battery-powered version in the future.
















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