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2010-11-09 07:57

FLEMISH SUPERCAR: The rear three-quarter view is pure Bill Thomas Cheetah. The Gillet Vertigo.5 is the most stylish creation to come out of Belgian, well, ever.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Gillet
Model Vertigo.6
Engine 4.2l V8
Power 309kW
Transmission Six-speed sequential
Weight 990kg
Belgium, if you're a petrolhead, is not the first country you would consider when sourcing a supercar.

The country, renowned for its waffles and fog-cursed races at Spa-Francorchamps, does in fact build one of the world’s purest supercars - and its been given an upgrade to V8 power.


The Vertigo.5 Spirit is the work of former circuit racer Tony Gillet and now houses a Maserati 4.2 V8 amidship. The engine produces 309kW and is said to be a notable improvement on the previous 257kW Alfa Romeo V6.

More importantly, it is a naturally aspirated engine - guaranteeing the purest throttle response imaginable, a non-negotiable design imperative for Gillet.

With a licensing mass of only 990kg, the Vertigo.5 should produce performance true to its nameplate; even the previous V6-powered version was good for a benchmark 0-100km/h time of 3.26sec.

Expect this new V8 Vertigo to dip under the magic three-second barrier, thanks to its reserves of power and a six-speed sequential transmission.


Overall, dynamics should be incredibly rewarding too, courtesy of the car’s low mass and extremely rigid carbon-fibre honeycomb monocoque chassis, with each wheel suspended on double wishbones.

Every Vertigo.5 will be unique, thanks to being built to each customer's requirements with regards to tailoring - as you would expect at a projected pre-tax retail price equivalent to about R2-million.

Gorgeously styled (mimicking the classic American Cheetah supercar’s proportions) and insanely quick, the Vertigo.5 proves that despite drowning their fried chips in mayonnaise, the Belgians aren’t that bad after all...

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