This Frankenstein'd Corvette Tribute Comes With 1,000 HP

They call it the Throwback. But it sure doesn't look like one.

By Alex Lauer

This Frankenstein'd Corvette Tribute Comes With 1,000 HP
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27 March 2018

Corvettes are like denim jackets: intrinsically American, and vacillating in and out of style since their inception. But sometimes you find one collecting dust in a garage, take a long hard look and think to yourself, “Why the hell haven't I been wearing that?”

The anwer is that it probably just needed a little update.

Enter the Throwback from Equus Automotive, an attempt to bridge the gap between old-school ‘Vette clout and modern performance. In their words, it's “the ultimate American performance car.”

If Equus rings a bell, it’s because they’re the Frankensteinian gearheads behind the Bass 770: the luxury muscle car that mashed up elements of golden-era Challengers, Mustangs and Camaros. For numbers guys, some were dismayed at that build’s $534K price tag for 640-HP and a 200 MPH top speed. But that was their debut, and after a steep learning curve, Equus is pulling no punches with the Throwback.

Equus Throwback (4 images)

The Corvette tribute also draws inspiration from various old-school models, but the performance is thoroughly contemporary. The top-of-the-line model boasts 1,000-HP, 882 lb-ft of torque, a top speed exceeding 220 MPH and a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds. And the starting price is a much lower, albeit still hefty, $130K.

For comparison, Chevrolet’s new 2019 Corvette ZR1 comes in at 755-HP, a top speed of 210 MPH and a cool $120K.

Details beyond that are limited, but Equus describes their process this time around (and going forward) as similar to that of Brabus and Alpina. But instead of offering high-performance customization on European cars, they’re “focused on providing American sports car lovers the ultimate interpretation of todayʼs designs.”

American-focused, eh? In that case, see if they’ll give it the ol’ stars-and-stripes paint job.

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