True supercar enthusiasts closely follow every article, magazine, and piece of information about the latest and greatest in luxury automobiles. This abundance of information typically covers Italian, German, and innovative American companies – but what about the Czech Republic supercar market?
Underground concept cars and one-off specialty projects are among some of the more captivating stories coming out of the auto space; however, trends such as renewable energy and self-driving, autonomous smart technology are also prevalent issues surrounding the automotive industry.
Now, the question remains: How can we implement this technology, while minimizing environmental damage, on a large scale at a reasonable cost to both the consumer and producer?
For the time being, automakers around the world are struggling to find the answer. We continue to herald the extraordinary concept cars and street-legal hypercars that make the sector so exciting. For this article, we will focus on the lesser-known Czech car manufacturer Praga and its newest – not to mention street-legal – supercar, the Praga Bohema.
Although not an industry leader in the supercar space, the Czech automaker began producing karts, planes, and automobiles in 1907. Their repertoire has grown over the years to include urban transit vehicles and military aircraft, including light tanks and artillery tractors for the Czechoslovak Army, which have bolstered the company’s expansion throughout Eastern Europe.
The now-privately owned Praga’s journey into the field of high-powered sportscars began around 2011 when the Praga R4 was unveiled at the Dutch Supercar Challenge in Belgium. Designed and engineered almost completely in-house, the Bohema focuses heavily on the aerodynamic ability of the car to take corners as quickly as physically possible. With around 900 kg of downforce at 250 km/h, this shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, the sunken, eggshell-shaped seats, ultra-lightweight chassis, and aerodynamic design propel this vehicle from 0-100 km/h in just 2.3 seconds.
Handcrafted interior decoration and the highest quality leather or Alcantara, combined with flawless ergonomic seating design, allow riders to experience the full hypercar experience while remaining comfortable. And although the model is Praga’s first bespoke supercar to be available for road use, the robustly engineered Bohema will consistently have drivers on a direct course to the circuit.
The price remains in line with industry standards, despite the car carrying only a turbocharged V6 engine and weighing less than 1000kg, but the Praga Bohema has distinct qualities that bring value to the buyer. Exclusivity aside – which Praga only plans on releasing 89 examples – it’s difficult to see Praga stopping here with the Bohema. It’s likely we’ll see an even more tuned-up version or even a hybrid electric version, so if you value exclusivity, now’s the perfect time to get your hands on a unique commodity whose compatriots are diminishing in this increasingly electric age.
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