Normally the idea of hiring a car is not particularly exciting, unless you drive a 30-year-old hatchback and you’re looking forward to using a Bluetooth connection.
But if you want to skip the econoboxes on your next trip Stateside, Hertz’s new fleet additions might do it for you.
One of the models up for rent in the US is a Chevrolet Camaro SS with 358kW from its naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8, which is not only a step up from the 339kW local SSs have, but it’ll sound even sweeter with a cold air intake and an upgraded cat-back dual exhaust.
You might think it’s a little irresponsible to hand the keys to a high-powered rear-drive V8 muscle car over to, well, most people, but you haven’t heard about the other car yet.
A huge 560kW of supercharged V8 sits under the hood of each of Hertz’s new Camaro ZL1s, dressed up in Hertz’s black and yellow branding, ready for use by whoever stumps up the dough to rent one.
The work on the rental Camaros was undertaken by racing team Hendrick Motorsport, which is sponsored by Hertz and uses Camaro in its NASCAR campaign.
While 200 SSs have been assigned to duty, only 24 ZL1s will be available for rent through the company. The Zl1s are fitted with big ‘ol Callaway superchargers, custom Hertz-specific wheels, and embroidered headrests with Hertz-sponsored Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron's signature.
Hertz Senior Vice President Jayesh Patel says it fits with Hertz’s brand to allow customers access to high-performance vehicles like the ZL1, and not just because of the brand’s connection with Hendrick Motorsports.
"Both vehicles provide a powerful and exhilarating driving experience that we can't wait to share with our customers.
“We have a rich history of providing custom high-performance vehicles for rent, and we're thrilled to build on that legacy with this latest collaboration with Hendrick Motorsports."
We wonder how many of the ZL1s will make it to five-digit odometer readings before they’re turned around mid-corner on a rainy day.