Bertone Mantide concept revealed at Shanghai show
20 April 2009

Bertone spiced up the Shanghai show with its Mantide concept.

The Italian styling house has used the Corvette ZR1 as a base for the car, but has given it a different body, interior and shaved 100kgs from the kerb weight to add to the ’Vette’s already impressive performance.

Bertone claims that it has used both aeronautical and F1 influences to design the striking bodywork.

Wind-tunnel work has also paid dividends, as the drag has been reduced by 25 per cent over the donor car to 0.298. The Bertone Mantide also has a 30 per cent improvement in downforce over the ‘Vette.

Weight improvements have been wrought mainly through the use of lighter materials. It has carbonfibre body panels, interior trim, seats and wheels.

Predictably, though, there are no plans to put the Mantide into production. Instead it will be going on a world tour to promote Bertone’s design skills.

Chas Hallett


Shanghai motor show

Audi Q7: chunkier - and greener, Bertone's Corvette ZR1 concept, New V12 for BMW 760Li, BMW X5 M shown in China, Brilliance goes electric, Buick eyeing Chinese market, BYD's E6 battery crossover, Chang'an E301 concept, Chinese to eclipse US car sales, Geely's new model blitz, Geely's Rolls-Royce clone, Great Wall's striking new 4x4, Official photo: New Jaguar XJ, MG6 to go on sale in the UK, Peugeot's three-wheel concept, Porsche Panamera, Roewe N1 will be sold in Europe, New small Rolls is called 'Ghost', Chinese VW Passat launched

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK