In 1998 Bruce Qvale (an American who, together with his father before him, has been around the fringe of the motor industry for many years) purchased the rights to produce and market De Tomaso cars in all markets except the UK and Italy.
With a significant injection of cash from this new source, the first new product was the Mangusta, originally the De Tomaso Bigua, first shown at the 1996 Geneva Motorshow. Designed by Marcello Gandini it is a front engined (Ford 4.6-litre V8 with 320bhp) rear wheel drive 2+2 convertible. The engine and some other mechanical parts are taken from the Ford Mustang, whilst the panels are made in France. Mechanicals are conventional with double wishbone suspension, Bermbo brakes and Bilstein coil-over units all round.
A new factory at Modena was constructed to build the cars, and they went on sale early in 2000. After that the company broke all links with De Tomaso and was later purchased by the MG Rover Group.
Driveline longitudinal engine at front with rear wheel drive Engine 4601cc (90,2x90mm) dohc 32V valve V8 Ford unit with 320bhp @ 6,000rpm Suspension front : independent with double wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar
rear : independent with double wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar
wheelbase : 2670mm
track (front/rear) : 1590mm/1580mm
Brakes front : ventilated discs (diameter 324mm) with 4-pot Brembo callipers
rear : ventilated discs (diameter 310mm) with 4-pot Brembo callipers
handbrake operating on the rear via a cable
ABS and traction control
Gearbox 5 speed manual Steering Rack and pinion with power assistance
3.1 turns lock-to-lock
Kerb weight 1520kg (52% front / 48% rear)
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