From the creator of the V-12 powered Vulca S and the deliciously retro Antas V8 GT comes a brand new supercar, the Evantra. The company behind the car is Mazzanti, an Italian coachbuilder formerly known as Faralli and Mazzanti, whose CEO and founder Luca Mazzanti explains in the video above how the project was born.

We first caught wind of the Evantra in early 2011, back when it was called the Mugello. At the time it was touted as being the first sports car to hail from Mazzanti with a mid-engine layout. A year later it was promised to come with a flat-six engine delivering upwards of 600 horsepower.

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In its final specification, the Evantra comes powered by a 7.0-liter V-8 engine, mounted in a mid-engine position and tuned to deliver 701 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters.

The engine, which is mostly aluminum, benefits from dry-sump lubrication as well as valves and connected rods made from titanium, and it should be able to accelerate the Evantra from 0-60 mph in around 3.0 seconds and see it reach a top speed of 217 mph.

The Evantra also gets a chrome-molybdenum chassis and aerodynamic body designed in collaboration with motorsports and engineering firm YSIM. Thanks to lightweight construction (the customer has the choice of a carbon fiber or aluminum body), the overall weight of the car comes in at just under 3,000 pounds.

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Other performance specs include 20-inch OZ wheels shod with Continental tires, Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston units in the rear, optional carbon-ceramic discs, and electronic adjustment of the engine and gearbox with settings ranging from Strada to Corsa.

Inside, Mazzanti offers the full luxury experience, with leather and carbon fiber trim on most surfaces. Mazzanti likes to stress that almost every aspect of the car can be personalized, especially its interior. One key feature is the roof-mounted starter button, which is the same design found in the original Antas V8.

Production of the Evantra is now underway at Mazzanti’s ‘atelier’ in the Italian province of Pisa.