During this year’s Monterey Car Week, American carmaker Czinger pulled the covers on its latest 21C variant, known as the Blackbird. The name comes from the SR-71 Blackbird, a spy plane built by Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works division in the 60s. A relatively small batch of engineers made up the Skunk Works team and, despite their small size, successfully created what is still the fastest and highest-flying manned aircraft to date.
Eager to capture some of the SR-71’s magic and mystique, Czinger’s latest 21C wears a similar aesthetic with all-black bodywork, wheels, and aero components. Given this car’s theme, a new Jet Black paint was specifically created for the Blackbird to create the darkest finish possible. It features a custom black Alcantara interior with black leather accents and Afterburner Orange contrasting details.
Aside from the visual changes, the 21C Blackbird boasts more power from its hybrid-assisted 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8, up 100 horsepower over the standard 21C for a total of 1,350 hp.
During its announcement last week, Czinger confirmed that it planned to build just four Blackbirds, symbolizing the four Czinger family members. Each car carries a $2.8 million base price, over the standard 21C’s $2 million starting figure. However, just hours after its announcement, Czinger confirmed that all four cars had sold.
The 21C, Blackbird, and VMax are all part of the same production run of 80 units proposed by the automaker. But as we’ve seen with the unveiling of the Hyper GT last year, there’s still far more to come.
Regarding standard 21C customer deliveries, Czinger planned to hand over the first customer car sometime later this year. There’s no word yet on when the Blackbird will reach its new owner’s hands.