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Vygor presents world's first "Racing Utility Vehicle"

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December 10, 2012

A teaser image of the Vygor Opera

A teaser image of the Vygor Opera

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Last fall, a new Italian sports car manufacturer made itself known. Its first concept car was definitely not reminiscent of the Ferraris or Lamborghinis of the world, and one could argue that it was sheer awkwardness from bumper to bumper. That sheer awkwardness is officially headed toward production, and manufacturer Vygor is providing a sneak peek.

Vygor calls the Opera the first RUV – that's racing utility vehicle – in the world. The company fancies that term to equate to a vehicle with the comfort of an SUV and the driving characteristics of a GT. Vygor even goes so far as to allude to the car as a "supercar," but its performance figures and chunky looks argue proficiently against that designation.

The Opera is built upon a tubular steel chassis and uses a composite and steel body. It weighs around 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg). The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder doesn't sound like much, but it puts out 414 horsepower and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm), which Vygor tells us is enough to send the car prancing to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds. Top speed is listed at 162 mph (260 km/h).

In addition to the top-end 414-hp version, the Opera is also available in 345-hp and 295-hp tunes.

We assume that "the comfort of an SUV" is the reason that the Opera takes on such a bulky shape, because that shape certainly isn't helping its GT side. Also feeding the SUV claim is a permanent all-wheel-drive system with Torsen front differential and rear limited slip differential with electronic adjustment.

The 2011 Opera concept

The 2011 Opera concept

In anticipation of a 2013 launch, Vygor released a series of teaser photos this month. When compared to the original rendering, the production model has a new set of V-shaped taillights headlining a new rear fascia. As near as we can tell, the rest of the car remains the same, including the odd, curvy split grille.

Vygor plans to build 150 Opera models by hand starting next year. Reservations are available now.

We've included both the teaser photos and pictures of last year's concept in our gallery.

Source: Vygor via World Car Fans

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18 Comments

Ugh. It's only an SUV in the worst sense of the word--a vehicle that combines the worst characteristics of cars and trucks, and does neither job well.

A real SUV is built like a truck, probably looks like a brick, but will safely carry five to seven people and some cargo reasonably comfortably in a wide range of road (or lack thereof) conditions, day in and day out. If it doesn't do that, it's just a minivan.

This thing has some ground clearance, but no room in the wheel wells for any suspension flex, and the rims are way too big for off-road tires. So the ground clearance is just for show, and serves no purpose but to raise the Cg. The differentials sound interesting, but they're driven by a little engine with a witch's-hat torque curve. No word on the transfer case, but "Italian" and "durable drivetrain" are rarely spoken in the same sentence without a negative between them.

If somebody finds the look attractive, then more power to them. But the word "utility" has nothing to do with this vehicle.

justme70
10th December, 2012 @ 03:23 pm PST

Just... no.

Richard Hauer
10th December, 2012 @ 04:13 pm PST

poop on wheels.

Derek Howe
10th December, 2012 @ 04:32 pm PST

It HAS to be cool. Look at all the pictures of its...lights. Huh?

Facebook User
10th December, 2012 @ 04:45 pm PST

Those guys are on drugs and need to get out more. If you want a 'racing' SUV you can't go past a good old Holden Ute. Specifically the 'Maloo' with the alloy 350 cube V8, 6-speed box................

Now that is a real Sports Utility Vehicle...

Martin Hone
10th December, 2012 @ 06:00 pm PST

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

BP
10th December, 2012 @ 06:01 pm PST

Looks like a BMW X6 raped a Mitsubishi Lancer.

And there were obviously severe complications during the delivery which resulted in severe physical disfigurations.

Russell Vonthien
10th December, 2012 @ 07:35 pm PST

I can't believe nobody mentioned the AMC Eagle yet: http://i.imgur.com/fqglP.jpg

It was a utility 4wd coup produced back in the 80's. They made a couple different versions of it and it was common to see people put lift kits and bigger tires on them.

The design isn't for everyone but isn't that the point? It is more off road capable than a 2wd truck at least.

It doesn't have a bed but it would still tow a trailer. I tow my 4 wheeler around on a trailer with my car because I refuse to drive a truck. Something like this might be able to offer the towing capacity for a larger trailer than I pull with my car.

and @Martin Hone

The Holden Ute looks nicer but the Chevrolet SSR is along the same lines. It has a Corvette engine and the interior and ride is more like a car.

Daishi
10th December, 2012 @ 08:47 pm PST

The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder doesn't sound like much, but it puts out 414 horsepower and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm)

this kind of power output sounds like is for good time but not going to be longtime!

folks like prancing Horse aka cavallino rampante or porsche wouldn't wander into this race car output territory.

Jimbo Jim
10th December, 2012 @ 09:34 pm PST

It's been done before. Check out the McRae Enduro. It was designed for Dakar and ran a V6 diesel, but unfortunately they never made the road version. There's definitely a market place for them where tarmac roads are sparse and potholes large!

NiteRider
11th December, 2012 @ 02:50 am PST

The "car's" design can best be said to be "unfortunate"

Then again, there's no accounting for taste

Tom Phoghat Sobieski
11th December, 2012 @ 06:20 am PST

Are there still race santioning bodies that require a specific number of vehicles be produced to compete? My first thought is that this is a fairly purpose built rally car (on the wrong wheels just for "show"). A 4cyl engine with those numbers is definitely NOT built for longevity, but it could certainly do stage race duty. Maybe quite well, at that.

The next Lancia Stratos (in spirit only)?

Vince Pack
11th December, 2012 @ 07:07 am PST

...and its a 'Nil Points' from me too.

Far better concepts than this come onto the marketplace, dazzle briefly, and are never heard of again.

A peaky 2 litre engine is fine in a rally car but those engines are, in WRC car form, expected to last for a single rally.

And if the 'racing SUV' form had any marketing worth, BMW would have cornered the market by now with their hideous X- series (not to mention their equally unfortunate Mini Clubfoot). The only true 'racing SUV' available for road use (to my knowledge) are the various Bowler Land Rover conversions. And they raced them successfully long before they offered a street version. Needless to say, they don't look anything like this 'Vygor' and have far more suspension travel and much bigger engines.

bergamot69
11th December, 2012 @ 07:47 am PST

I hope they make that cabin a little taller with a more squared line than the concept model.

re; Jimbo Jim

If all they did was put a blower on a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder 140 hp engine your right but if they designed from the clean sheet of paper for 414 horsepower and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) there is no reason that the engine can not be very reliable.

Slowburn
11th December, 2012 @ 09:51 am PST

A Pontiac Aztek with a faux Bertone body? I think everyone agrees. Let's just hope the manufacturer reads the feedback. I can't believe the Italians could dream up such a thing.

pickypilot
11th December, 2012 @ 02:26 pm PST

S U V Sport Utility Vehicle

S-V if no utility..

Chris Dudley
11th December, 2012 @ 02:34 pm PST

Worlds first Racing Utility??? What are all of the monsters that race the Dakar or any other Rally Raid for that matter? Unlike the majority of the commenters here I like it, but that aint a new concept

And as has been pointed out, with the small displacement, it is more sueted to Normal Rally, which matches it up against an Impreza or Lancer…

Either way… Not News.

JAVM
11th December, 2012 @ 02:40 pm PST

It doesn't have any utility, but at least really ugly :)

Imhof Iván
12th December, 2012 @ 07:27 am PST
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