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Country of origin:United States
Introduced in:2009
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 03, 2009
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Click here to download printer friendly versionSan Francisco based coach-builder SV Motor Company have completely reworked the popular Chevrolet Corvette to create the SV 9 Competizione. Limited to 1,000 examples, the restyled Corvette combines American brawl with Italian flair. It not only looks different but should also perform considerably better than the stock Corvette thanks to its reduced weight and increased engine output.

With its separate chassis and body, the Corvette is one of the few cars built today that is still suitable for custom coach-building. As a result the SV 9 features a completely bespoke body constructed from lightweight carbon fibre. The sharp nose, with built-in splitter is clearly inspired by the recent Italian designs. The tail sports only two taillights instead of the four traditionally found on the Corvette.

The SV 9 Competizione is based on the 'standard' Corvette and as such is fitted with the LS3 version of the all-alloy small-block V8. A custom intake and exhaust are added to lift the power to a commendable 450 bhp. Thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre for the body, the SV 9 tips the scales at just 1400 kg. Matching the increase performance are the custom cross-drilled 14.1" cross-drilled discs.

Like the stock Corvette Coupe, the SV 9 Competizione features a Targa roof to provide additional access and exposure to the interior. The Italy theme continues in the interior with comfortable Italian leather used throughout. The dashboard is crafted in carbon fiber and sports a beautiful set of custom gauges that would look right at home in any supercar. A GPS navigation system comes as standard.

The first example was revealed late in July of 2009 in downtown San Francisco ahead of the official launch at the Concorso Italiano in August. Customers will have the choice of 25 exterior colors, five interior trims and four wheel designs, so no two of the 1,000 examples will have to look the same. The SV 9 Competizione is expected to be priced at just under $100,000. Whether it will be sold outside of North America is still uncertain.

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