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Bertone Mantide – Click above for high-res image gallery

Perspective is a curious thing. Some look at the Corvette ZR1 and think it's a bargain compared to the exotic European machinery that it's capable of trouncing. Others look at the six-figure price tag and wonder how a Chevy could possibly cost that much. Then comes along Stile Bertone, the restructured coachbuilder now under the creative direction of former Pininfarina designer Jason Castriota, who has re-skinned the ZR1 as the Mantide. As if its radical styling wasn't divisive enough, news of its price tag and production run have now surfaced. One's big, the other small. Guess which one's which. Take your time, we'll wait.

Give up? The Bertone Mantide will sell for $2 million, but with that kind of sticker price it won't sell many: Castriota says they've already received between three and five (let's call it four) firm orders for the exclusive supercar, and they'll produce a maximum of ten examples. Think the Mantide and its exclusivity is worth a nearly 2,000% mark-up over the $103k "stock" ZR1? Express yourself in the comments below, and check out the updated gallery of high-resolution images below if you need help making up your mind.


  • Bertone Mantide
  • Bertone Mantide

[Source: NYTimes Wheels]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      gay
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not that there's anything wrong with that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but I'm really started to like it. taken in as a whole it's a really interesting piece of art, I do prefer the P4/5 but this is still quite a good looking car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's strange, but you can't help but try to look at it from all angles and really understand what you're looking at. It's not art, but I'm sure there are enough people out there willing to put up the money to pretend it is. Interesting, none-the-less.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fugly. I would rather have a Pontiac Aztec.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That went to far take it back..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mantide obviously translated from Platypus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like most it aft of the front wheels, but the front is jacked up and the wheels are not the greatest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Notice they shot it against a backdrop of a bleak, barren, industrial wasteland. I guess that's the ony setting in which this aesthetic abomination looks even remotely attractive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please save 9 Zr1's. dont destroy them!!! just use stock c6's please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes! Buy a C6 and hack it up... You would have to assume that 1.95 million will buy you a ZR1 crate motor and a suspension package. That way those 10 brave ZR1's won't have to die for the sake of this freak show.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 id rather have the zr1 than this ugly thing,the good thing about this is that it is lighter and faster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Total Recall called, and would like their Mars prop back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1. You could buy 15.4 Corvette ZR-1's for that.

      2. There seems to be quite a few coachbuilders using the American supercar as their base, why is that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      i don't even want it
      Philometalist
      • 6 Years Ago
      2 Million for a mutilated ZR1? No Thanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank heaven for small favors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. Lessens the chances of my eyeballs being assulted with this thing.
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