What do you get if you cross a Spanish car firm, a German boss and a British designer? Answer: the SEAT Tango. The radical two-seater is the brainchild of SEAT's new chief of exterior design, Steve Lewis, and Bernd Pischetsrieder, who shaped BMW into the automotive colossus it is today.
Designed to sit below the likes of Mazda's MX-5 and the MGF in the growing soft-top market, the Tango was unveiled at last month's Frankfurt Motor Show. But while bosses stress that it is still very much a concept, the car's design and construction suggest that it is no ordinary show model. The Tango feels like a finished production car.
Based on a cut-down version of the Ibiza platform, it is more compact than a Toyota MR2 and similar in size to the forthcoming Ford StreetKa and MCC Smart Roadster. And it isn't only the car's lines that grab your attention. The cabin, too, has some fabulous touches. The detachable seats allow owners to have them 'moulded' to their backside, and while the milled alloy switchgear surrounds are unlikely to be viable in a