After all, the small Italian supercar manufacturer formed in 2002 is planning to hand-build only five of the Puras annually.
But we thought Corvette enthusiasts would still like to know about this exclusive supercar since it apparently will be making very good use of the C8’s 6.2-liter LT2 engine.
While the C8 gets by with 495 horsepower, Mazzanti says it has been able to coax 761 horsepower with further tuning, an achievement said to rocket the car to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 224 mph. Unlike the Chevy C8, the Pura will be offered with a seven-speed manual transmission, too.
Another difference from the C8 Stingray obviously is the styling, which features a split window in the rear. Does that sound familiar to any of you Corvette enthusiasts out there?
Check out the photos that show another unusual feature of the design: the reverse-opening doors that Mazzanti says “give a dynamism to the classical look of the car even when it is stationary … evocative of an eagle in the act of attacking its prey” while serving a “functional purpose allowing for ergonomically optimized access for the driver in addition to enabling a much higher side-chassis than for average cars.”
While we believe the C8 offers an exceptional and much-improved interior, especially for the money, it’s no match for the tailor-made interiors of the Mazzanti that use leather conditioned with a special aniline leather treatment to give an incredibly soft feel.
Since the Pura will be made in such incredibly small numbers, it’s no surprise to discover that each car takes the new owner’s individual tastes into account, with choices including tints and special materials like exotic leathers and precious fibers. The driver’s position is even adapted to the size of the client, discussed and tested during personal meetings. “While this ritual is normally only reserved for the most prestigious racing cars,” Mazzanti says, “it is our belief this allows the client to better appreciate the tailor-made quality of which we are capable: the car needs to fit perfectly, just as with an expensive tailor-made suit.”
Like many of our readers, however, we’re sure the Pura won’t fit perfectly into our personal pocketbook, thank you. Alas, we couldn’t find any mention of a price on the company’s website devoted to the upcoming Pura, which is a nice way of reminding us commonfolk that “if you have to ask the price, you probably can’t afford it!”
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