• Jul 21, 2009

SV 9 Competizione – Click above for high-res image gallery

Reclothing Corvettes with Italian coachwork is a time-honored tradition; one that sadly lapsed for years in between the age of classics and the modern era. But in an industry where old designs and old badges are resurrected with increasing regularity, this is one practice we're glad to see come back. Following such recent examples as the Castagna Aznom and Bertone Mantide comes the SV 9 Competizione, a re-skinned C6 Corvette with a touch of Italian flair.

Imagine a cross between an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione – from which this creation clearly draws its inspiration (as well as its name) – and a contemporary Corvette and you're well on your way towards summing up the SV 9 Competizione's design. And while we have some reservations over the front-end styling with its protruding snout, overall, the design strikes an intriguing balance between American muscle and Italian style. And when you consider the price of many contemporary coachbuilt customs, the $99,995 sticker price – including the donor Vette – doesn't seem all that outlandish.

Along with the carbon fiber bodywork, SV has tweaked the interior, fitted a new intake and exhaust for a 14-horsepower boost to 450 and fitted a new set of wheels with Pirelli Pzero Rosso tires, giving the SV 9 Competizione a claimed 0-60 time of four seconds flat, a 12-second quarter-mile sprint, a braking distance from 60 of 107 feet and 1.03g of lateral grip. Not too shabby by any standard. And with configurations based on 25 exterior colors, five interior trims and four wheel choices, SV figures there's no reason any two of the 1,000 units to which production is limited will ever need to turn out the same. We wouldn't mind seeing one up close ourselves; the first example is set to debut in San Francisco this weekend ahead of its unveiling at the local Concorso Italiano next month, but in the meantime you can check out the computer renderings in the gallery below.



[Source: SV via Corvette Blogger]


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      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks worse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The quality of that model is almost as bad as the drawing, and the design fails in that it doesn't look anywhere as good as any of the cars it's derived from.

      Ugur Sahin's Z03 concept worked infinitely better than this.

      http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-2009/r-z-0-9/2009-USD-Mallett-Corvette-Z03-Red-Side-1280x960.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great! I like it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not feeling it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, guys, that car wasn't designed, it just showed up at death's door.

        What the heck does misaligned body shapes have to do with Italian design.

        Sheesh, maybe the "designer" and the manufacturer should get a room to get to know each other "inside and out" before conceiving such a nasty body shape.

        Does it smile from the front? Does it hump back on the wheel arches in side view? Does that lump on the hood have any taper or dynamic direction or just a simple football shape?
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...at least the seats are a better quality than stock.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quote"the $99,995 sticker price – including the donor Vette – doesn't seem all that outlandish. "

      Yea right, take a $45,000 Corvette, double the price, hang some wazer crap on it and a whooping 14 flywheel HP and everyone will line up to buy one :-(
      The nose has that Eurosnob look and belongs on Fiats or BMWs.

      Only thing right in this writeup is taking the pictures in the dark for as we say you never go to bed with a dog but you wake up with one.

      Tell Italy to stick with screwing up Dodge and leave real American sports cars alone.

        • 5 Years Ago
        "Tell Italy to stick with screwing up Dodge and leave real American sports cars alone."

        That's funny, because these guys are actually American. Oh, and Daimler is in Germany, not Italy :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Protz:

        I think he was referring to the Fiat fiasco.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's no fiasco as you put it. Fiat is keeping the nameplate afloat. Without them stepping up, Chrysler would be a couple of lines in a history book.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You beat me to it Protz.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like the odd bulge in the hood, and I don't really like how they kept the original creases above the wheels; they just don't flow with the rest of the car's design. It looks especially bad coupled with the headlights. I think if they hadn't made the creases as sharp as they are (à la the Alfa Romeo 8C), the overall design would work much better. It's not bad, but it has the potential to be so much better.

      And fill out those wheel wells! What are those, 17's?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup, the front end is a mess. Also, I'm not sure we've ever seen press photos more sophomoric than that. So much noise. Maybe they were shooting at 6400ISO for fun? hoping all the noise would distract everyone from that front end, or the oddly placed side vent/square indicator? or the myriad of other ill fitting details.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hideous front end, but the rest is well done.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's for DAMN sure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True, buuuuuut it definitely looks better than that ugly-ass ZR1-based Mantide. Bleh. =]

        - Josh
      • 5 Years Ago
      Definitely an improvement, but unfortunately it still looks like a Vette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The body is great and if it's still a bargain supercar price...any exotic looks are welcome. What about the fugly interior and dumpy seats though? GM Shoddy plastics and knobs can't be replaced by comforting supercar materials?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those wheels don't work on the car. They don't look proper.
      the tail lights remind me of 60's Ferraris
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a kite flying in the sky. It is really looking very nice.
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      Adam Jones
      sapience
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