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De Tomaso Mangusta
De Tomaso
Production 1967-1970
Class Supercar
Body Style 2-door, 2-seat, Mid-Engined Coupe
Length 167.9 in
Width 72.6 in
Height 42.1 in
Wheelbase 98.4 in
Weight 3049 lb
Transmission ZF 5-speed manual, RWD
Engine 4.7 litre (289 cu. in.) V8 (euro-spec)
5.0 litre (302 cu. in.) V8
Power 230 bhp @ 4800 rpm, 310 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm (5.0 L)
Similar Lamborghini Miura
Ferrari Daytona
Maserati Ghibli
Designer Giorgetto Guigiaro of Italdesign

De Tomaso Mangusta was a sportscar from Italian automobile manufacturer De Tomaso between 1967 and 1970, replacing the Vallelunga model. The word "Mangusta" is Latin for "Mongoose". It was De Tomaso's hope that the Mangusta would eat Ford's Cobra for lunch. That never happened and was replaced by De Tomaso Pantera in 1971.

The Mangusta has a mid-engined V8 engine. However the mid-engined layout with the heavy V8 made it tail heavy and prone to sliding. Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the car, which is easily recognised by its gull wing style doors over the engine and luggage compartment.

The Mangusta name was revived in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the concept car De Tomaso Bigua became the Qvale Mangusta, after a dispute between De Tomaso and business partner Qvale.

The Mangusta had a recent onscreen appearance as the car driven by Bill in the movie Kill Bill, Volume 2. This is also the car Kylie Minogue drives in the beginning of her "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" music video.


See also


External links

  • [1] - Pictures of a '69 De Tomaso Mangusta
  • Ron Hyde's De Tomaso cars page has information on various De Tomaso cars, technical information, factory documents, and a small registry database.