In 2006, a new company Artega was founded in Germany. Its founder Klaus Dieter Frers headed Paragon AG, which produced automotive components. Unsurpassed and so far the only model of this brand was the Artega GT sports coupe. Its production started at the end of 2008, Artega went on sale only in 2009. The whole model range is Artega.
It was planned that the newly baked sports coupe would be more than a worthy competitor to Porsche Caymann. Artega GT’s exterior design was developed by Henrik Fisker, who used to work for Aston Martin. He once developed the design of the iconic BMW Z4, and today owns the company that produces electric cars.
The basis of the Artega was a tightly knocked down aluminum frame. Body panels were attached directly to it – they were made of fiberglass. The two-door coupe has a wheelbase of 246 centimeters, a length of 401 centimeters and a good width of 188 cm. It means that inside the car is spacious and there is a place to turn around. As for the height, it turned out to be small – 118 cm. Weighs Artega GT 2009 slightly more than a ton – 1148 kg.
Inside the car fully corresponds to the declared format of the sports compartment. Soft seats, pleasant to the touch dashboard, comfortable steering wheel of the small sizes for the best maneuverability. Red tones prevail. All this is complemented by an advanced audio system and similarity with Lotus Evora or even Nissan 370Z. In such a salon it is pleasant not only to drive a car, but also to sit and watch the road. Any trip turns into a long-awaited and fascinating journey.
The Artega GT sports car is powered by an aggressive Volkswagen V6 engine with a mouth-watering 3.6-litre volume and direct injection. Pressing 300 horsepower from this engine is not a problem. Transmission is pure “automation”, six-speed and preclusive.
Low weight has affected the car speed – the first “hundredth” of Artega GT flies in 4.8 seconds. The maximum speed of the “German” is 270 km/h, the torque is 350 Nm. If the car was designed by Henrik Fisker, then the chassis finishing lay on the shoulders of Hardy Essig, a former technical specialist of Porsche.
Complections of price
In Germany, the cost of Artega starts at 75,000 euros or 100,000 U.S. dollars. For comparison, Porsche Cayman is 25% cheaper. Not the least role in the formation of value was played by the number of released “Germans”.
In the old days, the manufacturer planned to produce no more than 500 cars a year, but he could not even reach the planned volumes. As a result, in the summer of 2012, the company Klaus Dieter Frers was declared a final bankrupt. The last Artega GT 2009 left the factory in September 2012.
We sum up
Artega GT has several main competitors. Apart from the expected pressure from Porsche, Audi TT, BMW Z4, Nissan 370Z, Lotus Evora contributed to the competition. Which car turned out to be the best, the question is ambiguous and more concerned with taste. Artega did not have enough strength to compete with the bison of the car industry, but it does not mean that the car turned out to be bad. The reason is that it appeared on the market too late.
We advise you to read the article: Artega’s history