French automotive startup Prato Cars has been accused by a British automotive journalist of re-bodying a Chevrolet Corvette C6 and making an attempt to move it off as a supercar developed in-house.
Based on Lewis Kingston, the Prato Orage is, in actual fact, a Corvette, particularly a previous-generation C6 mannequin. Kingston took to Twitter to check the 2 automobiles, and if his footage are something to go by, Prato has some explaining to do. Each the flip sign stalk and window controls are equivalent to these discovered within the ‘Vette, and oddly sufficient, that Eight.1-liter V-Eight sounds equivalent to your garden-variety Chevrolet pushrod V-Eight. Boutique sports activities automobile producers have borrowed V-8s from Normal Motors for many years, so this is not new phenomena, however usually builders do not have an issue disclosing their creations.
Whether or not or not it is a Corvette beneath, it is clear that Prato is plucking components from the Normal Motors catalog circa 2004. With that in thoughts, you’d count on the Prato Orage to be on the reasonably priced finish of the supercar spectrum, proper? Fallacious. Prato requested 850,000 euros for this factor again in 2017, or about $955,000 in right now’s cash. A fraction of that money may web you a C7 ZR1, or a deposit on a launch-spec C8, which GM will lastly reveal in much less ten days.
Seemingly forgetting concerning the existence of Bugatti, Prato proclaims itself to be the “first French supercar producer.” It named its first automobile, the Orage, after the French phrase for “thunderstorm”—a becoming title for a automobile claimed to have essentially the most highly effective naturally aspirated V-Eight ever seen in a manufacturing automobile. Stated V-Eight, based on Autocar, is an Eight.1-liter lump making 888 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. You probably have a extremely sharp reminiscence, you would possibly keep in mind that Prato claimed in 2017 that it’d construct simply 19 automobiles, which form of pushes the boundaries of the time period “manufacturing automobile.”
The Drive contacted Prato Cars for a press release on Kingston’s feedback, and we are going to replace after we obtain a solution.