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The Praga Bohema is a Czech brute with Godzilla’s heart

A road-legal hypercar with the core of a Nissan GT-R

The latest track-focused hypercar comes courtesy of Czech automaker Praga. PHOTO FROM PRAGA

Czech carmaker Praga is in the final stages of development for a brutal hypercar that is touted to be track-focused and is powered by a Nissan V6.

Praga may not be as prominent a name as Ferrari or Zonda, but the firm is over 115 years old and has been making everything from normal passenger vehicles to tanks and race cars in its illustrious history. With considerable motorsport experience under its belt, it recently took all that expertise and crammed it into a hypercar that’s about to go into production.

The Praga Bohema promises to be a road-legal track car that cranks the fun factor up to 11 for those lucky individuals who can afford the €1.36-million (P83.1-million) price tag.

It's a hypercar, so expect mad body lines for functional aero. PHOTOS FROM PRAGA

The Bohema is a pretty extreme machine, and we don’t just refer to its menacing looks. Weighing just 982kg thanks to its carbon-fiber construction, it has been fitted with the 3.8-liter biturbo V6 that usually powers the Nissan GT-R.

Following a few tweaks by Litchfield Motors in the UK, it now churns out 690hp and 725Nm—enough to catapult this angry insect from zero to 100km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, and onto a top speed of over 300km/h.

This cockpit is more of a race car with a few amenities. PHOTOS FROM PRAGA

A Hewland sequential transmission sends all that power to the massive rear wheels, and 900kg of downforce at 250km/h should ensure it stays glued to the tarmac.

The cabin provides space for two passengers, and features bespoke switchgear that includes a proper race car-style steering wheel.

Would you buy one of these over a regular hypercar? PHOTOS FROM PRAGA

Following extensive testing on public roads and tracks like Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring, a few prospective clients have already had the opportunity to try the car on the roads of the Czech Republic.

It now enters production that is done by hand, and the first customer cars should reach clients by early this year.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.