A REAL SPORTS CAR FOR REAL LIFE
The Marlin Sportster is a real sports car you can live with.
You know it’s a real sports car at first glance. Those no-nonsense retro lines combine with an aggressive stance and distinctive Marlin attention to detail to produce a car that stands apart from the mainstream masses.
But looks are only ever part of the story. A real sports car has to perform and under the Sportster’s lightweight aluminium panels, there’s a smooth and powerful BMW powertrain – front-mounted straight six engine and precision five-speed gearbox driving the rear wheels.
Opt for the uncompromising M3 engine and the Sportster delivers 450/bhp ton and a 0-60 of under four seconds. Working with the finely balanced chassis, wishbone front suspension and BMW rear-end, with all-round disc brakes, it produces a fast, confident and comfortable ride in all conditions.
And yes, we did use the ‘c-word’ – comfortable.
To get this sort of performance and handling, most specialist sports car manufacturers pare things back to the bone, sacrificing size, space and, often, driving enjoyment.
But the Sportster allows even larger drivers (and there are Sportster owners over six foot five!) to get in easily and still have room to move.
With a proper heater and hood, space behind the seats for storage, and an optional luggage rack, you can enjoy life with a Sportster, from a quick B-road blast to a touring holiday through Europe.
And, like all true sports cars, the Sportster is a natural on the circuit too. From trackdays to out-and-out race cars, we can help with specialist advice, components and preparation.