Supercar Series: Tramontana XTR

Supercar Series: Tramontana XTR

a.d. Tramontana XTR

“I feel the need… the need for speed!”

The XTR, which is an abbreviation for “Extreme” was developed by Advance Designs Tramontana, a boutique supercar manufacturer based on the Costa Brava, just north of Barcelona in Spain.  Operating under the principle of; “high technology and handcrafted exclusivity”, the company provides a combination of craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology.

While the XTR will not win any beauty contests, the sleek, yet aggressive look of the XTR suggests a fusion of a Formula 1 race car and an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet. The mid-mounted Mercedes Benz AMG sourced 5.5 liter, double overhead cam V12 twin-turbo develops 888 horsepower and 678 lb./ft of torque propelling the 2795 lb. XTR from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 202 mph. While the power to weight ratio is an impressive 3.15 to 1, the weight of the car is a conundrum as the chassis & body are constructed of weight saving carbon fiber, while the 20” Dymag wheels are composed of carbon rims and magnesium spokes and cores.

The tilt forward, canopied cockpit provides tandem seating whereas the passenger is positioned directly behind and slighter higher than the driver (just like Maverick & Goose in Top Gun!). Due to the tight-fit cockpit style driving compartment, the passenger’s legs straddle the driver’s seat. The XTR’s aeronautical influence is present throughout the cramped interior with a center mounted LCD screen providing the vital information, a horseshoe shaped steering wheel, a dial on the dashboard allows the pilot, err driver to adjust the ride height between 85 and 135 mm, and a paddle shifter which is attached to the 6 speed “ultra-rapid competition gearbox”. To keep exclusivity at a premium, Tramontana will produce no more than 12 cars a year at a cost of approximately $680,000.

In August of 2013 via the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Tramontana announced plans to build a 20,000 square foot facility at Port Manatee in Florida which would employ 20 workers. Doing so would increase XTR output to 20 units per years as well as build the company’s new 4 passenger crossover vehicle able to reach 180 mph. Why Florida? Because Port Manatee has trade-free status which would allow Tramontana to import its parts and materials without paying import duties.  Shrewd move for an upstart looking to make a splash in one of the world’s largest supercar markets.