Praga release their first road car since 1947

Photo (above): Tadeas Marek

Praga returns loudly… With a Czech Super Speedster

Sportscar maker Praga hasn’t built a road car since 1947. But now, after dabbling in endurance racing for the past few years, the firm has decided the world needs a Czech supercar on the streets.


Blue thunder: a lot of bang for your buck, but air-conditioning will cost you extra.

© Tadeas Marek

Hence, they decided to build a limited run of 68 (one for each year’s absence) of the R1R.

Looking like something that should really be whizzing round the track at Le Mans, the R1R features a 2.0-litre supercharged engine, throwing out up to 390hp.

That’s not head-turning in the modern supercar stakes, but the R1R weighs in at just 670kg, which is lighter than a Formula One car, ensuring drivers get a lot of bang for their buck.

Those who want to upgrade on the basic package can add features such as ABS, traction and launch control, and also extras that Praga deems ‘luxuries’, such as air-conditioning and Alcantara upholstery.

This is perhaps the best illustration of the thinking behind the R1R – a race car with just enough street manners to get by.


BMW proves bigger isn’t always better

You know you’re getting old when BMW M-class sportscars start shrinking. The new M2 is aimed at those who want a smaller (or cheaper) M4. It uses BMW’s new 3.0-litre straight-six TwinPower Turbo engine, producing 370hp, and is limited to 250kph; when fitted with the M DCT gearbox, it sprints to 100kph in 4.3 seconds.

The high-end derivative of the 2-Series coupé has many of the mechanicals of the M4 coupé, with the usual M division set-up for the brakes and the bodykit, plus the standard Dakota leather interior.


to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds: the new BMW M2

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