Hertz Rental Is Also Selling a Pair of Its Hendrick-Tuned 750-HP Chevy Camaro ZL1s
Hertz isn't just hawking Corvettes this week.
Yesterday, news emerged that The Hertz Corporation, owner of a vast fleet of cars nobody wants to rent anymore, has started to sell off the fleet of yellow 650-horsepower 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06s it commissioned a couple of years ago to mark its 100th anniversary. Now, it's fair to wonder whether any price is cheap enough for a rental performance car with 30,000 hard miles on it. So maybe this is more your speed: first pointed out by Muscle Cars & Trucks, Hertz is also trying to unload a pair of Callaway-tuned, 750-hp 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s it announced last fall to great fanfare.
Stock, that car is no slouch. The ZL1 is a 650-hp/650 lb-ft supercharged monster with the same 6.2-liter LT4 V8 out of the Corvette Z06 and a 202-mph top speed. We tested the convertible version last year and found it to be one of the best good-time cars out there by a long shot, even in "I don't know how to shift!" automatic transmission guise (the manual is standard). It's not quite a scalpel—that's what the 1LE track pack is for—nor is it a blunt instrument of Detroit. It's a controllable riot in the same way the old overpowered rear-drive AMGs used to be.
But for some reason, Hertz went a step further here than it did with the Corvettes, turning to Hendrick Motorsport for advice on how to liven it up even more. Hendrick came back with a larger Callaway supercharger to make the V8's output an even 750 hp. The car also sports unique wheels, #24 badging to represent Hendrick's NASCAR Cup Series car, driver William Byron's signature on the headrests and a black and yellow livery. Just 24 were built.
What's enticing here is the mileage—the photographed car only has about 3,300 miles on the odometer, while the one without photos has a mere 1,800. Some of those might have been spent at the redline in second gear, it's true. But even more so than yesterday's Z06s, there's a good chance the performance upgrades will make these a collectible worth some decent coin one day. Is it worth $77,000 right now when new ZL1s can be had in the high $60K range? Depends on how much you love William Byron.
If you want to experience the ZL1 without cracking open your 401K, Hertz appears to still be renting them in a few select cities. You've only got 75 miles a day, though.
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