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Qvale - Mangusta series

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About Qvale

Qvale (pronounced "kah-vah-lee") was an independent Italian car manufacturer founded in 2000 by the American Kjell Qvale's son, Bruce Qvale. Qvale's sole product was the Mangusta, originally the De Tomaso Biguà.

Alejandro de Tomaso, an Italian car manufacturer with Argentinean roots, had chosen the Biguà to revive his brand. The car was designed by Marcello Gandini, a designer for Lamborghini and Maserati. The Biguà was shown for the first time in 1996, in Geneva.

Financial troubles forced De Tomaso to look for a business partner whom he found in the American Bruce Qvale, an importer and distributor of a number of exclusive cars in the United States. The De Tomaso Biguà was renamed the Mangusta, a historic name (see De Tomaso Mangusta).

As the first cars were about to be delivered, Qvale and De Tomaso parted ways. Qvale took over the factory and the car's production. De Tomaso, however, refused to allow the use of his name. The first Mangustas were delivered to their customers with De Tomaso badges, which subsequently had to be exchanged at the dealers for the now-official Qvale logos.

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2-door
2-seat
V8 32v 4.6L DOHC M-5
238.6 kW / 320.0 hp / 320.0 hp  426.0 N·m / 314.2 lb·ft / 314.2 lb·ft
   

Qvale Mangusta (2000)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4601 cm3 / 280.8 cu in / 280.8 cu in, 238.6 kW / 320.0 hp / 320.0 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 426.0 N·m / 314.2 lb·ft / 314.2 lb·ft @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 257 km/h / 160 mph / 160 mph top speed

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