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Corvette ZR1 based Bertone Mantide

Writer: Brian Grimal, Photographer: Source

Posted at 9:30 PM / April 22, 2009

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Italian styling house Bertone got their hands on a Corvette ZR1, and released this striking example of their work at the recent Shanghai Auto Show.
Italian styling house Bertone got their hands on a Corvette ZR1, and released this striking example of their work at the recent Shanghai Auto Show.

Gruppo Bertone may not be a household name, but their work is well recognized, lending their talents to badges such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes Benz, and more. This vehicle, named the Bertone Mantide, is the vision of designer Jason Castriota as a one-off million plus dollar supercar.

Based on the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 we are very fond of, the Mantide styling is a bit love it or hate it. The performance numbers, however, are nothing to sneeze at and the result of basic math. Over 200 pounds lighter than the ZR1, Bertone made extensive use of carbon fiber -- the entire body, the seats, interior trim, even the wheels. This translates into factors we can easily understand and appreciate; 3.2 seconds to 62 miles per hour, and a quoted top speed of 217 miles per hour.

We found more information at the following sites:
Jalopnik.com
ThisIs50.com

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