Tata Motors TaMo has shared some new pictures on its Facebook page which seem to be teasing its latest sports car 'Futuro', that will be unveiled during the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2017. TaMo is Tata Motors' sub-brand for performance cars, and on 7th March, first of it sportscars will be revealed. Named the Futuro, speculations suggest it will be priced around Rs 25 lakh, making it one of the most affordable sportscar in the market and the most expensive offering by Tata Motors. It is expected to be launched in 2018 and initially only 250 units will be manufactured. It will be “a stunning-looking car for the money”, the company says.
The recently released images by TaMo feature one of the sharp looking headlamps and the flush fuel filler cap. The design language on the TaMo Futuro seems to pick inspiration from cars by Ferarri and Lamborghini.
No official data is so far available on the specifications, but the Futuro is speculated to be powered by a mid-mounted 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged engine, which would produce 150-180 bhp. It is also expected to get a good power to weight ratio as the car only weighs about 700-800kg. It will be built based on AMP (Advanced Modular Platform), that uses a mix of carbon-fibre and aluminium for the body. The Futuro is likely to be sold through a separate chain of retailers.
This will not be the first time Tata will showcase a sportscar. A concept called Aria was revealed by the brand in 2000, however the Aria never saw a production line and the name was eventually given to a MPV, which is also no longer in production. However, this time Tata seems serious about converting its concept into a production sportscar.
The Futuro will be powered by a small engine, not many sportscars come with a 1.2 litre unit, hence keeping it light is very crucial. For example, 2015 Mazda MX-5 too is a nimble, little sportscar and came with a 1.5-litre engine, but Mazda gave such grave attention on keeping the weight minimal, that extra plastic from the rear-view mirror was trimmed off. It did 0-100 in a respectable 8-9 seconds, which is 7-8 seconds faster than an average sedan in India.
An interesting fact about the Futuro is that its chassis construction was developed by Marcello Gandini, the famed Italian car designer behind cars like the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, often considered one of the most iconic cars in the world.