Photo (above): Tadeas Marek

Praga returns loudly with a 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, hence the decision to build a limited run of 68 (one for each year’s absence) of the R1R.


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

© Tadeas Marek

Looking like something that should really be whizzing around the track at Le Mans, the R1R features a 2.0-liter supercharged engine that throws out up to 390 hp. That’s not head-turning in the modern supercar stakes, but the R1R weighs in at just 0.7 tons (lighter than a Formula One car), ensuring that drivers get a lot of bang for their buck.

Those who want to upgrade the basic package can add features such as ABS, traction and launch control, as well as 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-liter straight-six TwinPower Turbo engine, producing 370 hp, and is limited to 155 mph; when fitted with the M DCT gearbox, it sprints to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

The high-end derivative of the 2-Series coupe has many of the mechanicals of the M4 coupe, with the usual M division setup for the brakes and the body kit, plus the standard Dakota leather interior.


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