When Stile Bertone introduced its latest outrageous concept, the Mantide, the company said only one would be produced. Yet the concept generated so much interest at its Shanghai auto show unveiling thatdesigner Jason Castriota said the company may consider a very limited production run.
How limited? Jason said the company might build three or five examples, but he wouldn't rule out producing as many as 10. A production run of only 10 of these Italian supercars may seem small, but it makes more sense when you consider the Mantide's price tag is reportedly just under $2 million.
The car's price is quite a premium over the $105,000 Corvette ZR-1 lurking beneath the swoopy bodywork. However, the Mantide bears little resemblance to the Vette, thanks to a number of new carbon fiber parts, including seats, interior trim, body panels and wheels. The weight savings in combination with the car's improved aerodynamics make the Mantide even faster than the ZR-1.
Due to the car's extremely limited availability and astronomical price tag, most will be lucky to see the car in person. Fortunately, Bertone has announced it will show the Mantide in the U.S. To see it, make plans to attend the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, visit the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky in September, or go toa yet-to-be-announced collector show in New York City later in the fall.
Source: The New York Times