Tired of the 'yet another supercar' sensation? Want something that hardly anyone else on Earth will own?
You might also want it styled like a sixties muscle car, carry a six figure price tag and have a slightly ridiculous name.
That sounds like a tall order, but it turns out that such a thing exists: the Bass770.
Built by the Detroit-based Equus Automotive, the Bass770 is a brand-new car... with an old look. From every angle, you can see a clear influence of iconic heroes that include Mustang, Camaro and Chargers of old.
But this is no dreamy restoration job around some old donor car with a pushrod V8. According to the company website, the car is powered by an aluminium "hand-crafted" 6.2 litre V8.
The block and heads are aluminium, the valves titanium and a dry sump oil system keeps the engine from starving.
It's good for 477kW and a staggering 820Nm of torque, slinging the Bass770 to 100km/h in around 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 321km/h.
Getting all that power to the road is a six-speed twin clutch, mounted at the rear along with the limited slip diff.
There's nothing retro about what's underneath the shell, either. An aluminium tub with a separate front subframe for the engine and suspension are reminiscent of a naked Lotus Elise (albeit with the engine at the wrong end).
Again, similar to the Elise's production methods, the body is superformed aluminium (the Elise's tub is superformed) with carbon fibre liners.
The suspension is a magnetic damper setup, similar to HSV and Ferrari systems, while the brakes are cross-drilled carbon ceramic Brembos with six piston calipers up front and four pistons at the back.
Given the car's impressive performance, it's comforting to know that there's a full complement of airbags, at least for the front passengers. There's also the added bonus of traction and stability control.
That all comes at a price, of course, with a fully-equipped Bass770 set to sting you around US$250,000 ($267,000).
Standard inclusions are black leather interior with Alcantara rooflining, air conditioning, sat-nav, stereo with USB, tyre pressure monitors and ISOFIX child seat anchorage points for the tiny rear seats.
They even kindly suggest mods can be made for other jurisdictions (hello Australian revheads). Hopefully they've left room for the steering wheel to swap sides.
The interior looks surprisingly well put together. Most surfaces are wrapped in leather and there's plenty of retro touches, such as the big aluminium dials and toggle switches. Sadly for real retro fans, there's no column shift.
Obviously the company has no public plans for export - each car is built to order - and as far as we know, one has yet to be seen in the wild. But you'll hear it coming - the clue is in the name.
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