Hertz Drains Special Edition Corvette, Camaro From Rental Fleet

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
hertz drains special edition corvette camaro from rental fleet

Reeling from the pandemic-born financial crisis, Hertz is unloading some particularly cost-intensive vehicles from its rental fleet. While plenty of these vehicles are old stock it would have had to get rid of eventually, Hertz is limiting fleet turnover this year, recently cancelling roughly 90 percent of new vehicle orders it had on the books for 2020. The company’s also selling some of the special performance vehicles slotted into its lineup every year ⁠— and not all of them seem to have accrued the kind of mileage that would normally warrant a sale.

We’ve chronicled the rental agency’s plight for a while now; Hertz seems to be on the brink of declaring bankruptcy, making it a good case study for the perils confronting auto rental groups everywhere. While we don’t think selling a handful of high-horsepower Chevrolets will be anyone’s saving grace, it might help Hertz scrounge up some loose cash — and provide a half-decent opportunity for enthusiasts to procure a bargain project car.

Jalopnik was the first outfit to notice the rental agency listing C7 Corvette models painted in its signature color on Autotrader. Most are Z06 variants from 2019, priced as though they were a couple years older than listed. Granted, ‘Vettes enlisted by the rental firm probably suffered a few incredibly hard miles and exchanged hands frequently. That said, they also come with the 3LZ equipment package, something that would have resulted in an MSRP dangerously close to $100,000 when they were new.

Today, you can find those same Z06s hovering around $60,000 with less than 30,000 miles on the odometer ⁠— assuming you’re actively browsing for one on the Hertz website. Cars come with the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 boasting 650 horsepower that can give the base mid-engined C8 a run for its money in a straight line, with loads of creature comforts on the side. However, if you’re wholly preoccupied with track handling, a base-model C8 may still be the way to go.

Of course, if the Corvette is not to your liking, Hertz is also getting rid of Camaros. Like the Z06, these cars also utilize the corporate color palate ⁠— with black swapped as the dominant hue. Hertz Edition Camaros also come in two flavors, neither of which have been left stock. SS models come equipped with an aftermarket air intake and an upgraded cat-back exhaust system, pushing peak output to 480 hp. Meanwhile, Hertz LT1s were equipped with a Callaway SC750 supercharger that brought the 6.2-liter V8 to a whopping 750 horsepower.

The latter of the two have proven difficult to find online and would likely out-price the yellow-and-black C7s by several thousand dollars. Yet the SS models can be found rather easily (with examples from the 2020 model year). That said, some seem to be priced a little high when you consider someone could just buy a brand new Camaro SS directly from Chevrolet and still have cash leftover for options. One item that cannot be had with any of the Hertz cars is a manual transmission, however.

[Images: General Motors; Hertz]

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  • EBFlex EBFlex on May 19, 2020

    Shouldn't we be celebrating this? Another business on the brink of financial ruin because of an overreaction to a cold. Yay America!

  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on May 19, 2020

    @EBTovarich: Can you see any mass graves from your office cubicle in St Petersburg? Or are you closer to Pyongyang? For those with some interest in the truth, I have posted a link to a video produced in/by a hospital in the Greater Toronto Area demonstrating the actual impact of COVID. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/markham-stouffville-hospital-icu-covid-19-1.5539212

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on May 20, 2020

      @Arthur Dailey Nothing I posted was fake news. 80 percent of cases see zero to mild symptoms. That is a fact. It’s also a fact that you choose to present a small minority of cases as if its common. It’s fine that you want to twist facts to make them fit your narrative. We’re used to it.

  • Chris P Bacon I had a chance to drive 2 Accords back to back as rentals. The first was a base ICE LX. I was underwhelmed. The next was a Sport Hybrid. Like night and day. So much so that I ventured on to the grounds of my local dealer. Was looking for a Sport or Sport-L. Autotrader showed nothing within 250 miles. Dealer confirmed. Told me I'd have to "get on the list" for a delivery, and there was a non-negotiable $3k "market adjustment". I guess I'll have to hope to see one on the Emerald Aisle again.
  • DungBeetle62 I just this past weekend rented one of these for 5 days in SoCal and with $5.29 the best I could find for gas, this ride's wonderful combination of comfort and thrift was welcome indeed. My biggest real beef is with the entire Accord product line - with that angle of backlight, not having this as a 5-door hatch seems a real waste of space.
  • RICHARD I bought my wife the exact car in the picture 3 weeks ago. Acceleration is average for the class. Smoothness of the powertrain, competent ride dynamics, quietness, and comfort are definitely pluses. The styling is restrained for sure, but we weren't looking for a shouty car that doesn't deliver on the design statement. She drives about 8,000 miles per year, mostly around town. At the current rate, we expect to buy about 16 gallons of gas per month. This really is a car that appears to do everything well rather than excelling at a few things to the detriment of others.
  • Ajla "2010-2019 Borrego"The Borrego only had model years 2009 - 2011 in the United States. The Borrego/Mohave did exist in international markets beyond them but the NHTSA of the United States would not be handling a recall on those. It's annoying that apparently the manufacturer, the federal regulator, and automotive press didn't notice this.
  • SilverCoupe The last Accord I test drove was in 1978, but I ended up buying a VW Scirocco instead. The Accords have put on quite a bit of weight since, then, but then again, so have I!