Deathcars for Rent (See: Hertz)

Mike Solowiow
by Mike Solowiow
deathcars for rent see hertz

I'm very familiar with, and very grateful for, the Hertz "Premium Car Collection" available at most tourist destination cities. Many times I have been sent to Las Vegas for an Air Force exercise– only to have been stuck with a Cobalt, PT Cruiser, or something else that sucked the very soul out of my body. Then I discovered the Premium Cars from Hertz. Subaru Outbacks, Volvo XC90s and XC70s, Audi Q7s, and A4s. I will take my German luxury off-roader in brown please. Yes, I want the full coverage insurance. Now, much to my chagrin, Hertz offers a Chevrolet Corvette ZHZ, a Shelby GT-H rent-a-racer version of the Vette (with a 6hp bump thanks to a new exhaust system) for Chevy fans. We're talking 436bhp, yellow paint, $250 a day. So now you too can go to Las Vegas, surrender your credit card, and drive like an absolute hooligan in an overpowered car that you don't own (and hopefully bought the daily insurance coverage for) down the strip. Since RF and I both agree that the Corvette is a death car (a car that when driven hard intends to kill you), how many crashed ZHZs will we see before Hertz auctions them off at twice the price of a normal Corvette?

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  • Kurt B Kurt B on Jun 13, 2008
    Take a guy who, sadly, is stuck in a Camry, and turn him loose in this. Suddenly, there is no understeer at 45 MPH like he is used to…hits that exit ramp way too hot, jumps on a set of real brakes, and good night!! Phew.. it's a good thing that I'm stuck in a Mazda and not a Camry ;-)
  • Whynotaztec Whynotaztec on Jul 29, 2008

    Maybe too late, but I just tried to rent in Boston. Had the reservation a month in advance, but was turned down at the rental counter because I had an IN STATE license, for "security reasons." Beware!

  • Stephan Wilkinson Stephan Wilkinson on Jul 29, 2008

    A previous poster disparaged "the amateur drivers" who get into trouble in Corvettes. Would everybody on TTAC who's a really talented professional driver please put up their hand? Thought so.

  • Edgett Edgett on Jul 30, 2008

    @Stephan Wilkinson Would everybody on TTAC who’s a really talented professional driver please put up their hand? I'm not sure anyone was claiming to be a talented professional driver. But my 335 has 'only' 300 hp and I have had it on the track and did learn that it is *much* faster than I am. Humbling experience I would definitely apply if I happened to rent a Corvette. There's not knowing, and then knowing that you don't know...