Marussia B1 to Cost £110,000 in the UK
At the recent launch of the Virgin MVR-02 F1 car for the 2011 season, the Russian manufacturer unveiled the B1 supercar for the UK market. Designed as a direct competitor for the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo, it was engineered in-house on a new state-of-the-art platform.
Only 2999 copies will ever be made of this very exclusive car, all using a combination of aluminum for the frame and carbon fiber for the body to save as much weight as possible. The engine choice is limited to just a couple of V6 units, one is a 3.5-liter that develops in the region of 300 horsepower, while the other is a 2.8-liter turbocharged model made by Cosworth, which comes with 360 hp or 420 hp.
A V6-powered supercar might sound dated and obsolete, but considering the whole car only weighs 1,100 kg, we think there is enough grunt on offer. The most powerful of the three engines is capable of pushing the new B1 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The company has also announced that the B1 will be priced at about £110,000 when it goes on sale in the summer, according to Auto Express. As is the case with most supercars, customers will be offered a wide choice of custom touches to suit their own tastes. Yes, that should include a right-hand drive conversion.