Monday, September 28, 2009

PGO Hemera: French for unique Speedster

A friend of mine recently returned from Spain, and brought back a copy of autof├ícil magazine—a nice Spanish car mag. Towards the back of the magazine is a large buying guide, composed of the different makes and models available in Spain. I was quite surprised to see manufacturers I'd never heard of. One of which is a French company called PGO, which manufactures small sports cars.

PGO offers three models, the Cevennes, Speedster II, and Hemera. All three are sort of modern interpretations of Porsche Speedsters. (It shouldn't surprise you that the company got started years ago making replica cars.) The Hemera is a bit more unusual, though. It's a mix of coupe and "shooting brake" (think Volvo C30). And how about that rear glass? Make no mistake about it: The PGO Hemera is a unique-looking little car. And a lot of emphasis has been placed on the car's design.

Powering the Hemera (and the other PGO models) is a 2.0-liter 16-valve four cylinder making about 138 horsepower. Weighing just over 2,100 lbs., PGO claims the car will do 0-100 km (0-62) in under 7 seconds and has a top speed of about 200 km/h (124 mph). The car has a scant 2,261 mm (89 inch) wheelbase and an overll length of 3,735 mm (147 inches).

PGO currently offers its vehicles in Europe, Algeria, and the Middle East.


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