SCG coupe puts the driver front and center, and in command of a 650-hp V8

It’s a good time to be a fan of high-performance cars. Tesla impressed many of us when it announced the next-generation Roadster, Dallara has introduced its very first street car, and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) has just unveiled a sexy-looking coupe named 004S.

SCG isn’t a household name in the sports car segment, but it has been making waveson and off the track for the past couple of years. Remember the 003 shown in Geneva two years ago? The 004S is its smaller, less expensive sibling with a personality of its own. Visually, it looks like the child of a 1960s Italian coupe and a modern-day LMP1race car. The shapely body work is complemented by a dome-like glass greenhouse that gives the driver a commanding view of what’s in front and next to the car.

The interior is even more striking than the exterior. The driver sits front and center while the passengers are positioned on either side, a configuration pioneered by the McLaren F1 in the 1990s. Because it’s not a mass-produced car, the 004S doesn’t need to comply with safety regulations that mandate the use of airbags, among other features. The result is a refreshingly basic-looking cabin with nine analog dials clearly laid out across the dashboard, a three-spoke steering wheel, a handful of switches, and a gorgeous gated shifter.

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