The Vuhl 05 is an open-topped sports model with two seats, built on a monocoque chassis made from aluminium weighing an impressively low 78kg. Overall, the car’s dry weight is just 695kg.
However, Vuhl has tuned the engine to produce around 212kW of power and 420Nm of torque, compared with 184kW and 340-360Nm for the Focus ST.
The 05 has unequal length double wishbone suspension for both front and rear along with four-pot caliper brakes with 310mm ventilated cross-drilled discs at the front and 280mm discs at the rear.
Front wheels are 17 inch in diameter with the rear getting larger 18 inch wheels.
The 05’s price tag starts from around AU$93,000, with first deliveries expected in early-to-mid 2014.
The car isn’t expected to arrive in Australia in any official capacity, with sales only planned for the UK and North American markets to begin with, possibly expanding into European, Middle-Eastern and Chinese markets in the future.
If he’s correct, we may see many more Mexican-badged cars in the not-too-distant future.