Italian sports cars are infamous for their seductive lines, passionate designs, high revving engines and enormous price tags. It sounds like a desirable yet expensive package. However, those machines have a dark side. They are of questionable reliability with sky-high maintenance costs and infamous records of sudden breakdowns.
So, what is the solution? Just take the elegant Italian body and install a good old American V8. They can go for millions of miles and provide a healthy dose of power and torque. Ever since the late ‘50s, Italian manufacturers have built cars with V8 engines from American brands. The list of those interesting machines is quite long, so here are the most interesting ones.
Italy loves the Corvette, so over the years, many Italian design houses have produced a version of America’s favorite sports car. And one of the latest is the strange but fast Bertone Mantide. Debuting in 2009, the Mantide is a complete redesign of the Corvette ZR1.
It retains all the mechanics, drivetrain and engine, but on a new, lighter and more aerodynamically efficient body. This means the Mantide has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 delivering 647 HP and slightly better performance numbers. The planned production was 10 examples, but it is unclear exactly how many they actually produced.