I’m looking at the latest press release from Hertz Rental Car Company and the fact they are celebrating 100 years of service. Quite an achievement regardless of the industry, product or service you perform.
If you are one who travels and finds himself (or herself) at the rental car counter with any sort of frequency we have an option you may wish to avail yourself of…especially if you are undoubtedly a Corvette lover. Your friendly Hertz counter (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and Tampa) will be offering for the discerning rental car enthusiast the ultimate in weekend (or longer) getaway rides. It’s a Special Edition (100 produced) Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (supercharged, of course!) coupes. Lest you forget the corporate colors the SE Corvette will bring your memory back. Painted in Corvette yellow tintcoat with dual black stripes: Here’s a quick primer on tintcoat three-stage colors. Tintcoats are a modification in the painting process and they can be either metallic or not. The difference comes when the clear is sprayed. The clear is tinted to amplify and enhance the underlying basecoat. In the hierarchy of “difficult to color match” it goes easiest to hardest: non-metallic, non-metallic tintcoat, metallic, and metallic tintcoat.
Anytime the tagline “Z06” is thrown around you expect performance and rightly so. The Hertz 100th Anniversary Edition Corvette Z06 is the supercharged 6.2-liter (LT4) V-8 engine with 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft of torque. (I first leaked this story on my personal Facebook page and Performance Parts Program Manager Dr. Jamie Meyer of Chevrolet was quick to point out that the car is also equipped with the “air box” package that enhances the horsepower rating…just what it needs!)
To this potent V-8 you will also find the eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission (which is a great deal of fun in and of itself). Assuring the ride is both comfortable and of the utmost in pavement handling the Corvette rides on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear, black aluminum wheels with yellow painted brake calipers (well, what did you expect).
Creature comforts abound, as with any well-loaded Corvette. It all begins with the seat of your pants…competition sport bucket seats and custom black leather interior accented with yellow stitching. Additional anniversary touches include a custom Hertz interior badging, including a personalized Hertz centennial anniversary plaque that displays the model number of the vehicle. Adding to the option list is an assortment of in-car technology and entertainment that is based around a 10-speaker Bose® audio system and an 8-inch touchscreen Chevrolet infotainment System with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi®.
I realize I am speaking to the “choir” as each of us loves our Corvette and is well aware that today’s modern Corvette is clearly a world class machine and (it’s not even a debatable point) the best value for the dollar when you are looking for street driven performance. We have to applaud Hertz for choosing Corvette as the banner for their 100th Anniversary…a job well done. Congrats to Hertz.
What could possibly go wrong with a brilliant yellow Corvette pumping out nearly 700hp gliding down the interstate? Best to exercise caution with the right foot while keeping a watchful eye on the heads up display and the rearview mirror. Just saying.