Desisting Devon GTX makes it mark at Pebble Beach

Published on August 19th, 2009

The super car market is like shopping for rice at your local Giant, there’s just too many brands promising everything from ‘Ring records to century sprints that bend space and time right up to playing the odd braking power card even.

From Mickey Mouse manufacturers to full on automotive giants, if you’re in the market for a super car, you’re bound to pop a leak in your veins just trying to make a short list.

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Well here’s yet another testosterone-charged bull in the arena to gore it out with the rest of the lot. After months of speculation and spy shots, the 2010 Devon GTX finally had the sheets pulled of at the Pebble Beach Concourse.

Designed as the Yanks answer to the super-exclusive super cars from across the Atlantic, the GTX ushers in a new era of American super cars following the likes of the Chevy Corvette ZR-1.

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Devon Motorworks themselves are primarily a design studio based in the sunny state of the Governator and the GTX is their first foray into automaking. Under its unique yet muscular penmanship lays a steel structure encased in carbon fibre panels that houses an 8.4-litre V10 pushing out a 650hp to the rear wheels. Such a potent combination has resulted in the most powerful naturally aspirated production powertrain system on the market as of today.

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Swapping cogs is done the traditionally manner with a six-speed manual (and yes, you have to step on the clutch to shift) that is a rewarding change to the dual-clutch self-shifting and F1 derived slushboxes on the market.

Once its made available early next year, the GTX will come in two distinct variants; the garden variety version and a more track-focused garden excavating spec. Both types will get a fully-independent suspension setup with a real-time damping and ride-height adjustment system available later next year.

Shoed up in some nifty Michael Phelps feet-sized kicks see 18×10-inch wheels at the front and 19×13-inch wheels at the rear wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 rubbers.

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“With great power comes great responsibility,” were the wise words of Spiderman’s Uncle Ben in the namesake movie before he passed on. Well if he was referring to super cars the last bit should have read ‘braking responsibility’ instead as stopping power is a often an overlooked aspect of super cars.

The GTX however might not suffer from such a fate with six-piston calipers up front hooking up to 380mm rotors while the rear four-piston setup clamps on comfortably to 355mm discs.

A total of 36 cars are planned each year (that’s approximately three a month for those that failed math) and if you’re still under the notion that you might win the lottery one day then prices start at USD500,000 with the track package option adding USD25,000 to that list price.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix:

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