Given that the Ares S1 is based on the C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, you would expect that the supercar would start out with a big head start on the road to looking and performing like a champion. And in many respects, you’d be right. But where things go off-track is that you won’t recognise any of the Stingray in the S1. That’s because the S1 shares none of it proportions or lines with the Corvette. Is that a bad thing? Given what Ares has come up with, most definitely not.
The Ares S1 has a more cab-forward design, bringing to mind the Koenigsegg or Pagani rather than the Stingray. That vibe is reinforced by the wraparound windshield. You’ll also pick up on Bugatti’s influence with the taillight strip that reminds car lovers of the Chiron. But while those supercars may not necessarily be built for the street, the S1 is right at home in that urban setting.
The supercar maintains the mechanicals of the Stingray, though Ares did boost the power. The S1 boasts an incredible 715 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. That power flows into the Corvette’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which sends the rear wheels spinning fast enough to take the S1 from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds. Top speed for this powerhouse will no doubt break over the 200 miles per hour mark with ease.
On the inside, the only similarity you’ll find with the Stingray in the S1 is perhaps the steering wheel. Other than that, the dual-cowl design with Ares’ own instrument cluster is unique to the S1. The infotainment screen resides in the centre stack while the passenger is treated to their own screen. Alcantara and Nappa leather combine with carbon fibre to cover the interior. Ares planned to build just 24 of these cars, with each going for nearly USD$600,000.
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