Bertone could sell up to 10 units of $2M Mantide


2009 bertone mantide 003

2009 bertone mantide 003

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With a hexagon-centric theme and styling that looks like it was sent back through a space-time rift from 2020, the Bertone Mantide is a new and polarizing figure in the automotive design world. Recently Jason Castriota, the car's designer, revealed that as many as 10 of the cars could be built if demand is high enough.

Three to five of the cars are already expected to be built. The Mantide is essentially a complete re-skinning - inside and out - of the Corvette ZR-1. The chassis, engine and running gear are all from the donor car, however. The ZR-1's performance is certainly impressive enough to justify supercar status, but is the exclusive re-body worth a 2000% markup?

That's right, the sticker price on the Mantide is said to be 'just shy of $2 million' according to the New York Times. That means the car will cost about 20 times, or 2000% as much as the $103,000 Corvette ZR-1 it's built on. Of course, with an all-carbon fiber body, lighter interior elements and the car's shockingly aerodynamic shape, the Mantide can probably be expected to just outperform the stock ZR-1.

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Comments (7)
  1. If I had the money, you better believe I would buy this car! A ZR-1 with stunning looks and even better performance?! I'm sold.

  2. if i had US$100k i would invest in a porsche or an Aston...
    If i had 2mil lying around..why not...it would original...and only 10 people on the planet would have one !

  3. I know in my previous posts I pretty much bashed this design but I did give them an A+ in creating buzz. Now I take some of that back as in profile its looks superb.

    Although $2 million for a car thats a mere 250lbs lighter than a standard ZR1 and only looks good from the side is just not my cup of tea. Its like looking at fat girls and saying well she's not bad from the front!!

  4. if i had 2 million dollard lying around id build myself my own supercar coz seriosuly this thing is a mess. it may perform well but come on... the shape is cool and some gills are cool but the lights and vents are filthy..im sorry

  5. if you're buying a car as an investment. then the reventon would be a better asset. i can see how this car would look terribly outdated in the near future.

    50 years from now*
    a kid picks up a book about classics cars
    *the kid points at the photo of the mantide and asks*
    "whats this car dad?"
    *dad answers*
    "oh that must of been a toyota"

  6. am not going to lie i love corvette but this car front looks like crap i wouldn't pay 2 mill for this i would just buy a Bugatti veyron

  7. This design looks so much like a kit-car!

    Ugly mo-fo!

    If I got the cash, I rather just get the Corvette and the rest of the cash to retire!

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