Ok, I will admit that when I first saw this car I initially thought that someone hacked up a Lamborghini Countach. It wasn’t until I got closer to the car that I discovered that it was not a Lamborghini but a true V16T.So, just in case you never heard of the Cizeta V16T, here is what I know about the car. The Cizeta-Moroder V16T is an Italian Sports Car that was the only product of the Cizeta company. Now, to address the reason why this car looks like a Lamborghini. The reason is that it was developed by a group of ex- Lamborghini employees and initially introduced in 1988.
The V16T moniker designates that the car’s engine is a V16 block that is Transversely mounted in the central rear position. What that means is that the engine is just forward of the rear axle and behind the passenger seats. The other thing about this engine is that it is not a real V16, but rather, it is two flat plane V8 engines living in the same block (everyone knows how I love a flat plane V8 especially the one that Ford uses in the GT350R). The engineering of this shared block housing permits the two V8 engines to be mounted transversely with the gearing between the two providing a single output from the center of the engine assembly to the transmission. Needless to say, the torque on this bad boy definitely put you back in your seat.
The chassis was formed of an aluminum honeycomb structure and wrapped in a body designed by the same person that designed the Lamborghini Countach, now do you understand my mistake when I first saw this car? The car was created as a very exclusive sports car that could easily reach 204 MPH and required just 4 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH. Naturally, this car was equipped with many luxury features.
There were only 19 examples (including 1 prototype) of this car that were actually built from 1991 until the company’s demise in 1995. Subsequently, 3 more cars were completed (two more coupes and one spyder) in 1999 and 2003.
As of 2006, the car is still in production on a made to order basis and, if you really have to have one, you better get ready to rob a bank as the Spyder TTJ version of this car is over $925,000 USD.
That wraps up my series about the “Supercars From The ’90’s That You Probably Forgot By Now“. Look for more blogs about cars and trucks of all kinds by visiting again soon.
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