If you like owning and driving a powerful, responsive, and unique car that gets people's attention and has raw performance, this high quality, totally hand-built Qvale Mangusta (kah-VAH-lee mahn-GOO-sta) is a "must see."
The car's design is ageless. The engine, powerful.
Powered by a 4.6L Ford Cobra SVT (special vehicle team) V8, this Italian-designed car carries a large dose of American power. Producing 320 horsepower and 314 pounds of torque, the Mangusta accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds -- only 1 second slower than a Ferrari -- and features a BorgWarner T4S five-speed manual transmission.
The exterior features a body constructed from composites using a Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process.
The 18" Antera wheels feature locking wheel nuts. The tires are Michelin, "Pilot Sport". A spare wheel and a spare tire are included with this vehicle.
Rarer than a FerrariThis ultra-rare 2001 Qvale Mangusta is #134 of just 284 ever produced worldwide.
In 2004, Michael Frank of Forbes.com wrote:
"Ferrari sold 1,200 cars in the United States last year, a near record annual sales figure for the exotic Italian carmaker. That explains why Ferraris continue to be exceedingly rare automobiles, and this level or rarity, should you be lucky enough to own one, also explains why other drivers gawk… Then again, if you were one of only 200 buyers last year who bought the Qvale Mangusta, you could bet both the purchase price and the value of your mortgage on the fact that other drivers will chase you to the gas station and tailgate you on the highway, just trying to get a closer look a this rarer-than-a-Ferrari street rod."
Ben Hewitt of AmericanWayMag.com wrote in his "Sexy Beasts" article:
"…By stuffing a 320-horsepower Ford-built motor into an Italian chassis, Qvale (say "kah-vah-lee") delivers a car capable of running neck and neck with pure-bred Italian supercars, at less than half the price… it's the perfect car for drivers who demand exclusivity but don't have three-quarters of a million dollars to buy it. In fact, the Mangusta is a far rarer beast than any Ferrari… And when mechanical maladies rear their ugly heads, a quick (and relatively inexpensive) visit to your local Ford dealer should set things straight."
Oracle CEO and car buff Larry Ellison bought a silver one in 2001.
Three Cars in OneThe Qvale Mangusta is the only car in its class that provides the driver a true convertible experience as the unique, three position "Rototop" transforms the car from:
- a standard hardtop Coupe
- to a Targa
- to a Cabriolet: a retractable hardtop convertible
It is like three cars in one. See photos of all three positions on the "Features" page.
3/4 Rear View