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An Awkward, Corvette-Based Concept: Endora SC1

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On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 9:50AM | By: Chris Weiss


An Awkward, Corvette-Based Concept: Endora SC1

Say what you will about the Corvette-ZR1-based Bertone Mantide, at least there was some semblance of cohesive design. Yes, it may have been way too sharp-angled, extreme, and just downright weird for many car enthusiasts. Especially for $2 million. But there was a clear direction, a method to the madness, if you will.

I don't think that we can say the same for the Corvette-based Endora SC-1. This car kind of makes the Mantide look like an ostensible thing of beauty.

Honestly, the individual parts of the car aren't that awful. Not great, mind you, but not awful. The front-end looks like a cookie cutter supercar front-end—a little Noble M600 with a little Koenigsegg, maybe. The back-end just looks like a retrosized neo muscle car—especially with those fender skirts in back.

And that's where we have a problem. The modern front-end and retro back-end look completely disjointed—literally like you pulled the front clean off the M600 and then pounded it onto a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda. Sure, it's a little curvier than older muscle cars, but that's part of the problem, too. Those huge rear curves make it larger in the back than in the front, only adding to its disjointed look. Weird would be putting it nicely.

One more compounding factor: from certain angles you can actually see the original Corvette peeking out. And that just makes you think: "Why not just leave it alone!!?"

I am not a fan.

Regardless, it's still Corvette at heart, so you do get the 430-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine under the hood. You even can opt for the 505-hp 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 from the Z06 or the 638-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 from the ZR1. Then again, you get all those on an actual Corvette, too, so why not save yourself some big cash on unnecessary body work.

If you like the design, though, Endora is taking orders and hopes to get production up soon.


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