The Italian super car manufacturer SV Competizione has manged to do something that bow tie enthusiasts have attempted and failed for years, they have snuck America’s best loved sports car into a show dedicated to exotics like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Alfa Romeo. Sure the limited edition Sv 9 Competizione has been recovered inside and out with the fine touch of a meticulous Italian craftsman, but just making it to the Concorso Italiano during this past Monterey weekend says something about the SV Competizione. From the looks of things, despite scrutineers best attempts at a close examination, the SV9 was allowed to rub elbows with Gallardos and Dinos.

The SV 9 Competizione opens up at the Concorso Italiano
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Just the thought of combining the best affordable sports car from America with the styling of an Italian design house seems like sacrilege, but SV apparently got the Pope’s blessing when they tailor made this fine crafted example of automotive art. The SV 9 Competizione’s upgraded body panels are made entirely out of carbon fiber and the interior has been completely redone using the finest materials available. Under the hood, the Vette’s 6.2 Liter V8 has also received a little attention in the form of a new intake and exhaust bringing the LS3’s output up to 450 HP, up 14 HP from the standard package. Overall the SV 9 is a high tech, upscale transformation from the performance bargain Corvette.

With the extra power and lightweight body, the SV 9’s straight line performance has been improved allowing the car to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just four seconds and complete the standing quarter mile in only 12 seconds. Braking distances have also come down, going from 60 MPH to a stop in 107 feet and handling improved to the tune of 1.03 G of lateral grip. SV prefers to sell the 9 as a turnkey super car for only a five spot under $100,000. The Italian coach builders feel that this is the best way to keep their production at the scheduled 1000 units, so there will be no discount for bringing your own Vette; although we are pretty sure they might reconsider if someone brought them a ZR-1.


The SV 9 Competizione opens up at the Concorso Italiano
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Last Friday, the SV 9 Competizione made its formal public debut at Concorso Italiano in Monterey – an annual event showcasing primarily Italian supercars.

Origins of the SV 9 Competizione

The SV 9 Competizione opens up at the Concorso Italiano
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The SV 9 Competizione (aka the “SV 9C” or “9C”) is produced by SV Motor Company of San Francisco in collaboration with an all-star team of auto industry specialists, which includes, among others, Pratt & Miller Engineering (; Corvid Technologies (; ANSA Automotive (; Pirelli Tire (; DeBotec (; and WinterPark Engineering ( The team’s goal in creating the 9C was to produce a limited-edition, American coachbuilt sportscar, whose performance and aesthetic characteristics rivaled those of the finest Italian road cars, and at a price that would make it accessible to a broader section of the population.

Why the SV 9C is a unique American original

The SV 9 Competizione opens up at the Concorso Italiano
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To produce the car, the team married the strength of American craftsmanship with the classic style and sensibility of an Italian carrozzeria. Specifically, the team designed and built a unique coachbuilt body for the car made from super-strong, yet lightweight, carbon-fiber (and featuring a highly-advanced, jet fighter inspired, aerodynamic management system) and then incorporated within that coachbuilt body the world-class Corvette C6 drivetrain – the same drivetrain responsible for putting the Corvette on most auto writers’ lists of the world’s top sports cars.

The result is a car that is as fast and aesthetically pleasing as any Ferrari, Alfa or other Italian supercar, but with a far lower sticker price (under $100K), far better fuel economy (26 mpg highway) and a substantially lower cost to maintain.

The SV 9 Competizione opens up at the Concorso Italiano
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MadTourist  (48) posted on 08.21.2009

Alfa Romeo 8C, I think may be the most visually perfect car. It has the classic lines of the ubiquitous sports car. With a long hood and small boot, and two doors...just damn near perfect. I saw one at the Tokyo Motor show in ’07 and was futher impress on it’s size...pretty small.

Performance, no idea. I watch Top Gear, Clarkson did’nt have a lot of good to say about its performance.

Arunas  (4) posted on 08.19.2009

1) The company is named SV. 9 Competizione is the model name.
2) The company is American, not Italian


TJKEON  (138) posted on 08.19.2009

How do you feel about the Alfa Romeo 8C?

MadTourist  (48) posted on 08.19.2009

I’m not sure, but I think that is horrific.

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