Melkus rs 1000 gtr

If the benennen Melkus rings a bell in your mind, it’s probably since there was a automobile company in the previous te using the exact same name. However maybe a few know that ns original Melkus dated 1959 kommen sie 1986 und produced just one road car – ns RS 1000, featured in our Soviet Bloc cars collection this week.

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Where und when was it made?

During that life, die Melkus RS 1000 was manufactured an a highly limited production run des only 101 copies. All des them to be assembled bei a factory in Dresden, east Germany, under the supervision von race treiber Heinz Melkus from 1969 kommen sie 1979.

Technical details:


Most des the RS 1000s featured a 1.0-liter two-stroke three-cylinder petrol engine v 70 horsepower (51 kilowatts), sourced from the Wartburg 353. It was mated kommen sie a five-speed manual gearbox, sending the power to the rear wheels. Some examples had a enlarge 1.2-liter unit, giving the car a top speed of more than 109 miles von hour (175 kilometers über hour).


What’s so special about it?

In one means or another, ns Melkus was ahead von its time an terms of engineering. Why it was slightly underpowered, it featured a fiberglass body, wrapped roughly a timeless ladder framework with roll riegel integrated into the windscreen. Thanks kommen sie this simple construction, it had actually a curb weight of only 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms). Oh, and don’t forget those death gull-wing doors.

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This low weight made ns task of the small 1.0-liter engine kommen sie accelerate the vehicle reasonably easy – 0-62 miles von hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint takes 12 seconds, while top speed ist around 103 mph (165 km/h). Pretty impressive zum a 1.0 two-stroke engine, right?


Speaking of the motor, that had the same distinctive buzz like die Trabant 601 and the Wartburg 353 – just check out ns video below and enjoy the “supercar” sound. Race variants von the RS 1000 had actually a modified engine v up kommen sie 118 hp (87 kW) weil das a oberteil speed von 130 mph (210 km/h).

Some called it ns Ferrari von the Soviet Bloc – largely because von its resemblance with ns Ferrari 250 GTO. Ns headlights shape und their plastic cover, die wheel arches, and even ns roofline were every inspired von the legendary Italian supercar.

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If sie take a look at at the gallery below, you’ll uncover pictures v a modern-day interpretation des the Melkus RS 1000. This sketches present ns RS 2000 that was revealed during the 2009 frankfurt Motor nur as a successor von the original RS 1000. In spite of its pretty design and Toyota-sourced 1.8-liter turbo engine, the model was limited to only 25 units. Sadly, bei 2012 Melkus filed zum insolvency weist a ar court in Germany, hence ending ns story von the firm again, almost 30 year after die original automaker disappeared from die industry bei 1986.