Italian sports cars are well-known for their seductive lines, passionate design, high revving engines, and enormous price tags. It sounds like a very desirable package. However, those machines have a dark side which is questionable reliability, sky-high maintenance costs and infamous records of sudden breakdowns. So, what is the solution? Simple, take the elegant Italian body and install good old American V8 which can go for millions of miles and provide a healthy dose of power and torque.
Ever since the late `50s, Italian manufacturers have building cars with V8 engines borrowed from American brands. The list of those interesting machines is quite long and today we will tell you about the most interesting ones.
1. Bertone Mantide
Italians love the Corvette and over the years, various Italian design houses produced numerous versions of America`s favorite sports car. One of the latest is the strange but very fast Bertone Mantide.
Introduced in 2009, Mantide is a total redesign of the Corvette ZR1 which retains all the mechanics, drivetrain and engine but puts on a new, lighter and more aerodynamically efficient body. This means that the Mantide has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 647 HP and slightly better performance. The planned production was 10 examples but it is unclear how many exactly were produced.