Hertz Revives High Performance Mustang and Exotic Car Rentals: Coming Soon to a Location Nowhere Near You!

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Looking to drive one of those badass cars that you love reading about on Downshift Autos and in enthusiast magazines (that you download to your iPad, of course)? Car rental agency Hertz has you covered as it rolls out a new Dream Car service specializing in exotic loaners, in addition to a Penske-developed Mustang that serves as a spiritual successor to the Shelby GT350H. There are a few drawbacks, however, not the least of which is the price of said rentals. According to Autoweek, Dream Car offerings range from $395-$1,500 per day, and driving distance is limited to 75 miles; after that limit has been reached, a not insignificant charge of $0.49-$3.00 per mile is assessed. Plus, insurance isn’t offered. Oh, and only rental offices in Florida are offering the service for the time being. The Hertz Penske GT contains elements of the Boss 302 and GT500 Mustangs, complete with the former’s 5.0L V8 with 420hp on tap. Like the models in the Dream Car lineup, the Penske GT has a limited range before the fees pile up. Jalopnik reports that 100 miles are included in the rental price of $180/day, with an unknown charge per mile thereafter. Like the Dream Car program, Hertz is only letting a few locations carry the Penske GT: in this case, the car is limited to 15 airport locations in the US.

The Dream Car program is filled with the usual household-name exotics, and many of the models offered are either long in the tooth now, or have successors on the market. Cases in point: the Ferrari 430 Spider, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Aston Martin V8 Vantage have all been replaced or are old in their current generation. There are a few surprising entries on the list, however, including the SRT Viper, Cadillac CTS-V, Tesla Model S, and Mercedes SLS AMG. Other cars offered include the Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari California, Mercedes C63 and E63 AMG, and all four standard Porsche models. Less intense luxury cars include the Range Rover Sport and Mercedes SL550, S550, and G550. The Boxster is the least expensive option at $395 per day, but renters are still pretty limited by how far they can drive.

The Penske GT will be added alongside the standard Mustang GT, Corvette, Camaro SS, and Challenger R/T in the Hertz Adrenaline Collection. Apparently an entire line of American muscle cars proved lucrative for Hertz, and the limited availability of the Penske GT will likely further solidify that brand. The Penske sports a laundry list of modifications to the normal 5.0, including quad exhaust tips, Brembo brakes, Recaro racing seats (!), Boss 302 splitter, and the classic black with yellow stripes that cloaked the famous GT350H. All of the custom racing parts don’t actually mean the car is supposed to go racing, so searching for Laguna Seca using the car’s navigation system will likely just show a nice question mark graphic on the screen. The mountain of paperwork will likely require a house deed as a security deposit should one even whisper “Road Atlanta” within the confines of the ‘Stang.

The Dream Car program is alive and well in Florida’s most popular cities. The Penske GT will soon make its way to select airport locations, but those have not been disclosed at this time.

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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