SPEED HERTZ

NZV8 - - WORLD NEWS -

Mass-mar­ket ve­hi­cle-rental gi­ant Hertz has de­vel­oped a bit of a rep­u­ta­tion among petrol­heads. Men­tion a ‘Hertz Mus­tang’ to any­one with more than a pass­ing in­ter­est in ve­hi­cles, and they’re sure to un­der­stand the rare black-and-gold ‘Rent-A-Racer’ Shelby GT350H sport cars spe­cially com­mis­sioned by Hertz. That’s just one of many ex­am­ples in the Hertz per­for­mance sta­bles through­out the years, although Mus­tangs have fea­tured promi­nently. For the 100th an­niver­sary of the Hertz brand, the com­pany is do­ing things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently — turn­ing to GM for its lat­est adren­a­line hit, in the form of a spe­cial-edi­tion 2018 Chev Corvette Z06. The Corvettes get the oblig­a­tory Hertz colour scheme, al­beit in black on yel­low, and are to be lim­ited in pro­duc­tion to just 100 units. We do hope that the ma­jor­ity of those 100 Corvettes will sur­vive the gen­eral pub­lic — it’s no se­cret that a rental car is the fastest car in the world, and, as such, with 650hp and 650lb·ft on tap, Hertz wisely de­cided that the Corvette could do with­out any more. The lim­ited num­bers also mean that if you’re in­ter­ested in rent­ing a Hertz Z06, you’ll need to do so in the US — and, even then, in one of only 14 cities. It’ll also cost — US$199 per day, ex­clud­ing taxes, in­surance, and the usual ex­tras. Still, if you want a hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence like no other, it could just be worth keep­ing one of these bad boys in mind.

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