Mid-engined Corvettes have been the grist of the rumor mill for decades. Some are even hopeful the upcoming C7 Corvette might break the current rear-wheel drive mold.
But if you just can’t wait and see what General Motors is going to do with the next-generation Corvette, then you might want to check out the Alessi Fiberglass AR-1 since this exotic beauty gets its power courtesy of a Corvette LS3 motor mounted behind the cockpit.
But you better hurry because Alessi says it is making only 50 of the cars that come with a five-speed transmission, a fiberglass body reinforced by steel, and a weight of about 3,200 pounds.
Standard equipment includes a custom interior, cut-pile carpeting, dual power side mirrors, alarm system, rearview mirror with backup camera, air conditioning and heating, power-operated tail section, power seats with AC and heat, GPS/DVD/radio, dual batteries, runflat tires with sensors, and tilt steering wheel.
The suspension uses C5 components in both front and rear, while an air suspension system allows adjustable height and spring rate.
The company offers a supercharger kit that makes 600-hp and 580 lb.-ft. of torque, and a twin-turbo option ups the output to 750-hp and 690 lb.-ft. of torque.
According to Alessi’s website, the company “maintains the old world standards of craftsmanship while integrating today’s most innovative automobile technologies. Our expert craftsmen are specialist in their field and demonstrate their pride in workmanship by inscribing a plaque in the engine compartment. Not less than four craftsmen are assigned to build your AR-1.”
The 43-inch-tall and 178-inch-long Alessi can surge from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds, with an estimated top speed of 200 mph.
Of course, all this craftsmanship and performance doesn’t come cheap. We couldn’t find a price on the Internet, but Alessi says it will provide the cost upon request, which likely means we Joe Doelesses can’t afford it.
For more information on the AR-1 check out alessiar-1supercar.com.
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