Bertone Mantide

Bertone Mantide

  The Bertone Mantide is basically a re bodied Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 with a much lighter and more streamlined body that sheds over 200 pound from the Mantide’s curb weight allowing the car’s LS9 power plant that makes a total of 638 HP to rocket the Italian muscle car from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 MPH, about 12 MPH faster than the ZR-1 super car. Only 10 examples were built, priced at $2 Million each.

Supercars like the super-duper rare - only 10 were made, in case you didn’t know - Stile Bertone Mantide belong in the streets where they can flex their muscles and show off their unbelievable Corvette ZR1-based power. Where they don’t belong is on the back of a tow truck, which is exactly where this Mantide was spotted while on transit in Dubai.

Oddly enough, the Mantide was still sporting Massachusetts plates, which probably means that this is the very same Mantide that was sold for a bank-account torpedoing $1.95 million. Either way, we’re just hoping that the next time we catch this car on the road, it’s going to be while it zooms past just about every other car out on the highway.

Source: Jalopnik

Anytime you find yourself visiting Dubai, you should always remind yourself to bring your camera when you go out on the streets. There’s no telling what kind of exotic cars you’ll find out there.

Take this one for example, which was spotted by a member of Supercarsdubai.com. If you’re not familiar with this car, it’s a Bertone Mantide . Yup, all £1.2 million ($1.9 million) worth of it. Of the ten Mantide’s that have been made, this one that was spotted in Dubai is car no. 2 which was purchased by a Dubai resident back in December .

If you didn’t know, the Bertone Mantide is essentially a high-powered Corvette ZR1 underneath all that fancy exterior design, which was penned by no less than design savant, Jason Castriota and explains, at the very least, why the supercar comes with such an exorbitant price tag.

Photo credit: Supercarsdubai

When the Italian design house Bertone revealed their shapely $2 Million Mantide back in April, they announced that production of their very special super car would be limited to only 10 units, and two have already been snatched up by some high performance enthusiasts with some pretty deep pockets. The Bertone Mantide is basically a re bodied Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 with a much lighter and more streamlined body that sheds over 200 pound from the Mantide’s curb weight allowing the car’s LS9 power plant that makes a total of 638 HP to rocket the Italian muscle car from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 MPH, about 12 MPH faster than the ZR-1 super Corvette. The second Mantide was just purchased by a Dubai resident with a slight discount bringing the purchase price to just $1.9 Million.

Source: AutoCar

A few weeks ago Top Speed announced that the Bertone Mantide will have a limited production run of only 10 units , priced at $2 Million each. The next big news from the Italian design studio, is that according to Bertone the Mantide super car will smash the car it is based upon, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 ’s Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 26.4 seconds.

According to Jason Castriota, the project’s chief designer: "It has been a dream of mine from the outset of this project. The logistics are not easy, as we’ll need to hire a professional driver - somebody who’s truly a Nurburgring expert like Stefan Roser - and then get the circuit closed for a few days."

If they can ever find their ring-meister, the Bertone Mantide ’s LS9 power plant that makes a total of 638 HP allow the Italian muscle car to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 217 MPH, about 12 MPH faster than the ZR-1.

The latest unique coach-built creation was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Bertone Mantide based on the underpinnings of a Corvette ZR1, designed by the same guy that envisioned the Ferrari P4/5 when he was at Pininfarina. The Mantide will be limited to only 10 units, and a hefty price tag of $2 Million.

According to Jason Castriota, that guy from the Ferrari, and design director for project M: "The project has an anonymous benefactor, but it is in fact for sale either as a singular example, or with the possibility of building an extremely limited series. Though we would not rule out producing as many as 10."

Bertone, the studio responsible for the wild design has already lined up a few potential clients from Asia, Europe and America.

Source: NY Times

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