The Puma GT was an iconic local member of the Brazilian sports car community and the model is ready for a modern comeback – complete with new look for the XXI century.
The team behind the revival will first present to the public the track-only version – which should become official before the end of the year, with a street version allegedly ready for sales in 2018. The Puma GT is a model from Brazil that became famous back in the 1960s when it was introduced as a reinterpretation of the European sports cars of the time – first units made us of DKW-sourced parts but most of them actually had Volkswagen’s air-cooled flat-four in the back, and versions of the model actually were available in Brazil through the mid-1990s.
Now the German parts have been discarded in favor of a modified Chevrolet 2.0-liter four-cylinder packing 176 horsepower (132 kilowatts) – it will be traditionally positioned in the middle and send the power to the rear wheels using a manual gearbox. While this doesn’t sound like much, the Puma GT Lumi racing version is expected to tip the scales at just 1,257 pounds (570 kilograms) thanks to the tubular spaceframe and fiberglass body. The street version will add some kilos because it will be fitted with air conditioning, additional insulation, and a removable roof panel, among others.