inside project m 005
2009 bertone mantide 003Enlarge Photo
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.