Are you the person that looks at today’s automobile and wonders what the hell happened to the styling? Yet you appreciate the modern mechanics? Then you must get into Pro Touring. This expensive hobby combines the best of both worlds, using the shell of vehicles from decades ago, and fitting them with today’s top of the line components.
To give you an idea, here’s a 1959 Corvette tuned by Pogea. And believe it or not, it’s from Germany. The sheetmetal is completely original from over 50 years ago, but just about everything else is straight out of 2012. The chassis itself is an original new tube frame, mounting a new suspension system, brakes, and powertrain.
In traditional Corvette fashion, the engine is a GM small-block LS3 V8 engine, fortified with new injectors, camshaft, intake, and exhaust system. The end result is an awesome 485 horsepower and 431 pound-feet of torque sent through a five-speed manual transmission with a ceramic clutch to a Dana 44 rear differential. The braking system is straight from the C6 Corvette, which are covered in 19-inch modular wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tires. All of the upgrades will give the Pogea Corvette a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 seconds, and a top-end speed of 179 mph, with the fortitude to corner and brake like a modern sports car.
Pogea also modified the track by making it wider, fitted LED tail lights in place of the originals, and updated the interior to feature modernized creature comforts, including Cobra bucket seats and an Alpine stereo system with satellite navigation.