Tatra MTX

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Keywords: horsepower, tatra mtx v8, masculinity, supercar
Description: No matter what your friends might say, the car in the Kanye video is not a Lambo.

To say that Kanye West has a bit of an ego would be an understatement. Though the man’s narcissistic exploits have been well documented, the most recent example of his out-of-control ego is the video for his track ”Runaway.” Only a man with a massively inflated sense of self-importance could produce a music video that’s longer than a Pink Floyd album and filled with imagery that includes slow-mo explosions, a giant parade float of Michael Jackson 's head and half-naked bird women.

But the video isn’t all bad, and not just because it gives a near-naked Selita Ebanks plenty of screen time. ”Runaway” also features one of the rarest supercars in the world (one that is being mistaken for a Lamborghini), the Tatra MTX V8. Never heard of it? Neither did we. Neither did anyone until Kanye drove it. So maybe he’s earned the right to boast a bit, but that’s a debate for another time. So what is it about this car that makes it worthy of the college dropout?

Even without the West connection, the Tatra MTX V8 is a pretty interesting vehicle, namely because it can best be described as a communist supercar. Designed and built by Czechoslovakian coachbuilder Tatra in the early 1990s, and not to be confused with the Tatra-built, roofless Skoda that also bears the MTX name, the Tatra MTX V8 was a proper mid-engine sports car powered by a -- you guessed it -- four-cam V8.

Penned by Czech automobile designer Vaclav Kral, the Tatra MTX V8 definitely looks the part of a 1990s supercar. The proportions and shape are definitely era-correct; it has the snub nose, bubble canopy, side vents, and sweeping rear end seen on its more popular contemporaries like the Jaguar XJ220 and McLaren F1. The hood and boot are each one solid, molded piece and swing open like they were designed for an old-school CanAm race car. The scissor doors, which swing up to reveal two racing buckets -- each with a four-point racing harness -- complete the 1990s supercar design checklist.

So now that our appetite is whetted for some Communist Bloc machinery, the next step is to figure out how to get behind the wheel of a Tatra MTX V8 instead of, say, a Lada 2105. Well, apparently it would help to be either Kanye, a high-ranking (former) KGB officer or a new-money Russian oil baron. Only five Tatra MTX V8s were ever built, meaning that the chances of anyone else driving the car are slim to none. You’d have an easier time acquiring a more common vehicle of the era, such as a McLaren F1. Or a parade float of Michael Jackson's head.



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