• Nov 7, 2008


Click either image for a hi-res gallery of the Andros XTM and XTR

Looking at the Andros XTR, we're reminded of the Ferrari California we just drove in Sicily. But while the Ferrari was just unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last month, the Andros actually made its debut in concept form several years ago at SEMA. Prophetic? Maybe, but Andros says they drew inspiration from classic Ferraris, as well as Aston Martins, Jaguars and Maseratis. Either way, it's a compelling design... for a kit car.

Based on the C6 Corvette, the Andros is part of a revival of the time-honored tradition of rebodying Vettes in Italian-style coachwork (check out Pininfarina's take) that has included such recent examples as the Castagna Aznom and Spada Codatronca. In addition to the XTM roadster, the Andros is also available in XTR coupe and XTS targa bodystyles, with panels made from carbon fiber and select steel chassis components replaced by aluminum and magnesium pieces. An available supercharger boosts power from the LS2 pushrod V8 up to 600 horsepower, with optional exhaust, induction and airflow sensor components good for another 15 horses apiece. With Corvette reliability, nearly 650 available horsepower and classic European styling, the Andros presents a compelling package... for a kit car. Check out the images in our gallery below for all the angles.


[Source: autoblog.it]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      it's actually 10x better looking than the new California, imo. i prefer the blue hardtop. the lines seem to work better with the rest of the car. the changes seem a bit heavy-handed on the convertible. like Autoblog said though, very nice for a kit car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most "kit cars" aren't built on such a serious platform (Vette). I like the coupe, but a convertible is hard to pass up. Very nice indeed.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I will take a stock vette thank you very much
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can fit an oil tanker through those body gaps. Especially on the gas cap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hmmmm..
      very ferraiish.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah the blue one isn't so bad with the two bar grill, but the red one is way too reminiscent with that grill.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed...looks like a corvette with a Maserati body kit. NOT VERY GOOD...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see more of a Maserati than Ferrari.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Strangely enough... this looks contrived, and I can't put my finger on just why. nothing looks badly out of place, but nothing really works together, either.

      The C3R concept was actually better and a bit more honest, although that is just a rendering and the Anteros is actually available.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually the renderings are quite nice. The execution isn't quite up to the rendering.

        The coupe has nice lines in the rendering, and the convertible is sexy, but the actual cars aren't quite up to the grace of the drawings.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought it said Andross... like from Star Fox... @_@
      • 6 Years Ago
      that looks really nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...It looks like a Ferrari (or V12 e-type), though with every dimension exactly, proportionally increased; headlights are huge, nose is huge, arches etc.

      Probably using MSPaint or a toner hungry xerox machine from the looks of it, because it's pretty damn ugly.

      So it'd probably look fat and bloated next to the real thing, even stranger irl than in pictures, which is remmarkably so... Intermeccanica did this better, not that a rebodied Corvette is something I can ever see having appeal...
      • 6 Years Ago
      At first glance, I thought it looked like a Vette mated with a Jaguar and this is the bastard child of that fornification. Im not taking a second glance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The big problem with Corvettes (even the new ones) has been the crappy plastic-fantastic interior, NOT the exterior.... Judging from the pictures, all they really did was add some (fake?) wood trim, when what is really needed is to rip out all the switches and hard plastic trim, and replace those with something more quality....
      • 6 Years Ago
      [channeling Nancy Kerrigan] WHY!!!???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Has a 60s deco look too it. Not bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd just take a stock Corvette, absolutely stunning car, even more so across the pond where you don't see one too often.
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