The C7 Stingray looks even more fantastic without all the plastic.
With the arrival of the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette, the new C8 is getting all the attention. But there are still a whole lot of C7s out there. So what to do with them? One guy has what may not be "the" answer, but an answer, at any rate. And it's a rather startling one.
What we have here started out as an ordinary Corvette Stingray coupe, of which Chevrolet made tens of thousands – not one of the more hardcore and powerful Grand Sports, Z06s or ZR1s. But as you can see, it hasn't exactly been left in stock form.
A fella by the name of Mike Mahdi out in Huntsville, Alabama, turned this C7 coupe into something straight out of Mad Max. Gone are most of the fiberglass body panels, with a giant external roll cage installed in its place. And that's not all.
The self-described "dial-up internet installer" fitted a massively staggered set of rolling stock, with a set of road-spec Kumho tires at the front and giant all-terrain tires at the back – which, as you can see, light up pretty good.
It looks like just the thing, in short, for speeding through a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
No word on any engine modifications, so this rather unique Vette would ostensibly be packing the same 6.2-liter V8 with which it left the factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, sometime in the past six years or so – and hopefully hasn't lost any of its 455 horsepower or 460 lb-ft of torque. It also appears to have an automatic transmission – either a six- or eight-speed, depending on when it was made – not the seven-speed manual. But then the driver would probably need the extra hand (and maybe leg) to fend off zombies or roving motorcycle gangs.