Let's go back to 1968 for a minute.
Luis Gómez and his engineering team had just started developing the company's first car a couple of years prior, and our original CEO knew exactly what he wanted. A practical car, that'd also be light, sporty, and fast; he wanted the car to meet these requirements in order to compete with the Ford Lotus Cortina.
The engineering team came up with several prototypes, but only one made it through scrutiny. The '68 Contendiente Enemigo had just been born.
The original Enemigo, on which the 2018 model bases its design, was offered in two trims, EC (Eco) and S (Sport). Both trims were RWD, with the engine mounted longitudinally and open differential.
The EC trim was powered by a 1.5L, all-cast iron, SOHC naturally aspirated inline 4 (ConP1600I468), fed by a single twin barrel carburettor. It made 80hp at 5400rpm and 120 newtons per metre of peak torque, delivered at 2700rpm.
The S trim, on the other hand, displaced 1.6L and was fed by twin DCOE carburettors. The cams were tuned more aggresively as well; this increased the power up to 113hp at 6300rpm, and peak torque to 140 newtons per metre at 4500rpm.
The S trim also received a set of wider tyres, to provide extra grip for extra cornering and acceleration performance; as well as a suspension rework and side exhaust to give it a sportier look.
The EC trim could be acquired for $1340 in 1968, and the S trim for $1540, in 1968 as well.
How did the car do at racing?
It took part in the 1968 and 1969 seasons of the European Touring Car Championship, as well as the 1968 24 hours of Le Mans in the Sports category.
The car only managed to get a victory in the ETCC, overwhelmed by the BMW 2002 and the supercharged Alfa Romeo GTA/SA.
Le Mans, on the other hand, was too much for it; of two cars, only one made it to the finish line and in 17th position. The car completed 241 laps.
The Conte Enemigo at a revival race event.