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Old 03-14-2009, 02:43 PM   #1
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News Murtaya (STi-based lightweight roadster) now available in the USA

It looks like--despite some people thinking it might not be able happen--the Murtaya is available in the U.S.. The U.S. distributor's site has gone live (though is not completely finished) at www.murtayausa.com. Just in case anybody is interested...

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The first U.S. vehicle, with the hardtop loosely fitted and awaiting engine installation:



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Old 03-14-2009, 03:21 PM   #2
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:25 PM   #3
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Too bad it's fugly as hell.
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:30 PM   #4
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Too bad it's fugly as hell.
Merely details... That's easily solved. I'm talking about the concept (a Miata-fighter with balls) and the fact that it fits perfectly with the brand image.

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Old 03-14-2009, 03:38 PM   #5
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it really is ugly, but it could be really fast.
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:50 PM   #6
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Ugly compared to a subaru

I think it looks pretty damn cool, except for that one without the windshield.
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:21 PM   #7
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Looking at the usa website, it doesn't list prices, just the $2000 deposit.
Any idea what the kit price is?
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:26 PM   #8
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i don't think it looks too bad...different, but not bad per say...but...i do think it needs something in the wheel area. I can't quite put my finger on it though...either the wheels are too small, it needs a drop, or the wheelwells are too big...i dunno...something to work with, but the idea of an sti motor inside a lightweight 2 seater car like that...that thing will probably be pretty quick.
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:37 PM   #9
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i don't think it looks too bad...different, but not bad per say...but...i do think it needs something in the wheel area. I can't quite put my finger on it though...either the wheels are too small, it needs a drop, or the wheelwells are too big...i dunno...something to work with, but the idea of an sti motor inside a lightweight 2 seater car like that...that thing will probably be pretty quick.
If you're referring to the side shot of the black one, remember that it has no engine/transmission inside it, so the body is up much higher than normal.

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Looking at the usa website, it doesn't list prices, just the $2000 deposit.
Any idea what the kit price is?
If you don't mind doing math (hopefully the USA guys will eventually get us set U.S. prices), there are links to the GB pound prices for different specs on this page...and--unlike normal production cars--you really can use the direct dollar-to-pound conversion for the US prices (unless the U.S. distributors set up their own prices...):

http://www.murtaya.com/PricingInformation.shtml


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Ugly compared to a subaru

I think it looks pretty damn cool, except for that one without the windshield.
The one without the windshield is AMS's new track-spec demo car (which used to be the old road-spec demo car). It does look a bit strange; it's the same idea as the Lotus 2-Eleven, etc., which doesn't have a windshield, either.

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Old 03-14-2009, 05:07 PM   #10
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sorry, should have mentioned that I had gone to the site and tried to open the pricing links. It seems to open adobe, and there is a download bar, that downloads 100% and then it never displays. It happens with all links on that page.
<------I'm not afraid to do the math.
If you are able to see the, would you mind posting the unconverted price, or some sort of ball park price.

I'm also curious on the roll protection. Just wonder how high the roll bar extends above the drivers head, for most hpde's the bar will have to pass the broomstick test(your helmet shouldn't be above an invisible line from the top of the bar to the top of the windshield)
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:08 PM   #11
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question 2, I see mention of a left hand drive car....and also that that might not happen. Which is it?
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:27 PM   #12
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sorry, should have mentioned that I had gone to the site and tried to open the pricing links. It seems to open adobe, and there is a download bar, that downloads 100% and then it never displays. It happens with all links on that page.
<------I'm not afraid to do the math.
If you are able to see the, would you mind posting the unconverted price, or some sort of ball park price.

I'm also curious on the roll protection. Just wonder how high the roll bar extends above the drivers head, for most hpde's the bar will have to pass the broomstick test(your helmet shouldn't be above an invisible line from the top of the bar to the top of the windshield)

Sorry about that...here's some links to older price sheets (in standard html)...the prices are still correct for the most part:
http://www.murtaya.com/PricingList.shtml
http://www.murtaya.com/InteractivePricingList.shtml (contains built-in converter)

Here's an image of the road-car price list, also:
http://www.murtaya.com/Pictures/RoadCarPriceList.jpg

Not so sure about the roll-bar height; a few of the guys who make/designed the Murtaya are over 6ft, but that doesn't necessarily mean much...(don't know if they have the same rules over there)

Finding a picture from a track day:


Doesn't look like it's tall enough. However, that is the prototype roll bar; the new one I think is a big taller. Also, the driver is one of the 6+ footers...

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question 2, I see mention of a left hand drive car....and also that that might not happen. Which is it?
They've made a few left-hands already...
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:44 PM   #13
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I first learned about the murtaya about a year ago in a british magazine a customer brought in to the shop. I actually dont think they look that bad and for being as light as it is, god damn these things can scream! 2000 pounds and a gt35r one of these cars would damn near fly.
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:46 PM   #14
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true, that may help...the white one in the first picture of all of them lined up looks like they fixed it, but then some of the other ones in the line look like they still have a decent gap...i dunno kinda far away to tell though...still a really cool car. I am okay with strange but different. I think it kinda has a lotus feel to it...they proved it...lightweight and small motor=fast and nimble
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:05 PM   #15
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The price sounds reasonable for a kit. Similar price range at a factory five kit car.
The roll bar does look it might not be up to snuff, not that an end user couldn't fab their own...course then the tops wouldn't fit.

Anxious to see how the US bound ones turn out.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:19 PM   #16
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Subscribed to something I would not mind once they have prices listed.

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Old 03-14-2009, 06:27 PM   #17
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The Lotus Elise ripoff styling and chintzy interior isn't my cup of tea. I'd rather just take the STI the way it is or buy an Elise.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:40 PM   #18
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it looks like a miata ****ed a s2k, but the subaru was the milkman in disguise
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:52 PM   #19
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<------I'm not afraid to do the math.
If you are able to see the, would you mind posting the unconverted price, or some sort of ball park price.

I'm also curious on the roll protection. Just wonder how high the roll bar extends above the drivers head, for most hpde's the bar will have to pass the broomstick test(your helmet shouldn't be above an invisible line from the top of the bar to the top of the windshield)
the picture of the car on a track day was the original demo car and original roll bar, things have changed dramatically since then and now the floor pan of the interior has been lowered 2 and 3/4 inches, so there is a lot more headroom etc with a full roll cage, and the hardtop fitted. Also the roll bar is higher too
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:55 PM   #20
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The Lotus Elise ripoff styling and chintzy interior isn't my cup of tea. I'd rather just take the STI the way it is or buy an Elise.
The same person designed the lotus, hence the comparision, the interior can be as luxurious as you want, the joy of building a car to your specification! and comparing the two (elise and Murtaya) you would need to drive both, I personally wouldn't own a Lotus, but I enjoy driving in all conditions, look at where I live
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:54 PM   #21
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I totally agree!!!

Subaru, this has it all, sports coupe and convertible! This would sell like hotcakes here in Southern California!
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Old 03-14-2009, 08:36 PM   #22
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I totally agree!!!

Subaru, this has it all, sports coupe and convertible! This would sell like hotcakes here in Southern California!
A long-time Subie friend of mine just picked up a new Miata yesterday, mainly because Subaru doesn't offer something like this.

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Old 03-14-2009, 08:49 PM   #23
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A long-time Subie friend of mine just picked up a new Miata yesterday, mainly because Subaru doesn't offer something like this.

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tell him to take it back, the next kit will be here in three weeks
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^ Once there is more information listed ON THE WEBSITE, update the post. I would love to hear about something that is a great idea.

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tell him to take it back, the next kit will be here in three weeks
He's not interested in a kit. This someone who has owned Subarus since 1998, and if Subaru had an AWD roadster, that's what he'd be driving today. He still has a new '09 Forester.

Seriously, this is what Subaru needs to offer. His new Miata has a folding hardtop, which is what I'd also like to see. He and I are going to have lunch tomorrow, and he's going to show me his new ride, as I'm going to do the same with my (almost) new ride.

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