CARS: Magnum MK5 Supercar

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Magnum MK5 Canadian Made

The Magnum MK5 finally puts Canada on the automotive performance map.

Canadian carmaker, Magnum, officially released its MK5 supercar, aiming to take racecar dynamics to the street in a distinctive package. Unlike other track-day performance cars, the Magnum MK5 has been crafted with “second-to-none build quality, and cutting edge design.”

While it does look like it’s been painstakingly assembled, I can’t help but feel like it’s not quite yet finished. I mean; where’s the roof?

Although the Magnum MK5 has a long hood, its engine is mounted in the back. Lift the rear hood and buyers will find a 250-horsepower four-cylinder mated to a six-speed sequential transmission and a limited-slip differential.

Let’s be honest; 250 seems a bit low for a supercar. The Magnum MK5 however, weighs only 1,200 pounds so it boasts a 460-horsepower-per-ton power to weight ratio. This allows for an impressive 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph. This top speed, however, is likely rather uncomfortable in any condition without an enclosed cabin, even with weather-resistant suede seating.

Intriguingly, the driver can control brake force bias – braking force front-to-rear – on the fly by way of cockpit-mounted controls just like a Formula One car. Another cool piece of tech is the Magnum MK5 reverse camera and monitor, which is a rare feature on a stripped-down racer and a great way to watch who’s trying to catch you up on the track.

The Magnum MK5 price will start at $139,000 USD (excluding taxes and delivery).

I’ll go ahead and say it: that’s a bit steep. For that money, you can get a fully loaded Nissan GT-R. And Godzilla has a roof, a stereo, all-wheel drive, and can race to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

If you’re a Canadophile, though, $140k for the Magnum MK5 is a small price to pay to have a supercar from the home of the maple leaf.

Author: Digtal Trends


Magnum MK5 Photos