The new Corvette is here! The new Corvette is here!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Anorak, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. TooFast

    TooFast Long timer

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    IMO....

    Buy a Vette and you can buy a cheap alternator, starter, etc, etc at Autozone, etc, etc try that with another car of this performance...Ferrarri maintenance intervals, valve adjustments, etc cost thousands of $, Chevy OEM parts are cheap

    Rather than copy current styling trends like headlights of other brands , current camaro taillights, etc ...do so something to differeniate and continue pop up Vette headlights to be different and unique...way too many copy cats in all vehicle catagories these days

    The new Vette hood louvers and C pillar louvers look like dirt/debris collectors...dunno, maybe they are functional or not, they look cheesy, why not a Chevelle cowl ram air induction hood to go with the Stingray/LS1 theme, and be differentiated with GM heritage...no need to copy Vipers, Ferraris, or any one else

    Quips aside, the new Vette will probably be one hell of a car for the money and compare quite favoribly with other high end cars which are getting quite pricey.
  2. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Agreed. The top row of HID or LEDs on the Viper headlights look downright stupid. The Vette version looks much better.
  3. koncha

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    How stiff was that solenoid lead if you needed a floor jack to remove it?
  4. DriveShaft

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    I'm very curious how anything with more than 3 slots is rendered usable. Isn't it going to screw with your ability to naturally find the middle slots, bcs now you can't let the stick self-center & just ram it up/down? Seems like it's a recipe for slower shifts.
  5. Vbird

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    According to Autoweek, it will be displayed at Amelia Island. I'm going again this year.
  6. BeeCeeGS

    BeeCeeGS WeaponOfMassDestruction

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    My friend has IRS in a '65 Mustang, but it took a lot of $$ to make that happen. :rofl
  7. BeeCeeGS

    BeeCeeGS WeaponOfMassDestruction

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    I like this new Vette. I'd prefer that they'd carried on with the round tail lights--though I'm not sure how well that would have meshed with the more angular styling.

    Really, though, I think I'd have more fun tossing around a BRZ or similar, as the performance is just more accessible.
  8. valvecrusher

    valvecrusher tractus pro pensioâ„¢

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    Its similar to the T56 used since the LT1 F-cars, the Cobras, Vette and Vipers..

    Also, it's not very likely you'll be tryin' to BANG it into 7th...


    Also, for those of us with LOTS of experience with the T56....the 'gates' have solenoids shifting 'locks' over the gates...
    You cannot physically discern a -locked out- gate, although the center detent in a T56 is 3-4....
    but the T56 and the new 7 speed have the same number of gates WIDE... Just one has a 7 where -R- is on the m6, and -R- where the m6 has nothing..

    [​IMG]so, the [​IMG]
    center is probably STILL 3-4...


    The 1-4 shift instead of 1-2 when lightly accelerating DOES take some getting use to..also the 2nd-5th instead of 3rd is equally disconcerting the first few dozen times...


    BUT
    to the same effect, you'll NEVER hit 2nd-R, (in a m6) because of the gate lockout...in this car 5th-R(same principle)
    (in a m6, you HAVE to select 1st, THEN drop into R..... R is locked out at all other times)



    But you know how the system works, yes?
    The CPU determines WHICH gates are available, dependant on throttle position, speed, emissions at tailpipe, engine RPMs, previous(current)gear selected, and traction
    (plus more probably on this car...but you get the point)
  9. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Here's a theory. GM is starting to realize that Asia is a potential growing market for their "higher end" cars. Maybe they had some focus groups of successful Chinese who gave input on styling. This is a culture that thinks Buicks are stylish status symbols.
    Or it could just be that GM is going after all the Pontiac fans since they killed the brand. Who else is gonna satiate the desire for plastic body cladding?
  10. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Its a Vette, that have been fiberglass (and laid poorly) forever.

    Not to mention that a lot of those vents are likely functional. The one on the hood is in a possition to reduce front end lift, the fender vents appear to be for the brakes etc etc.

    Won't know till we see them in person.
  11. 68deluxe

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    Back in 1978 I was car shopping, a Trans-Am cost me $6300 and a Vette at that time was $9K. The pontiac had zero options, not even AC, T-Tops or a radio. If I had it with the same options as the vettes had it would have cost $7500. iNow, a V8 Camaro is $32K and a Vette is $50K. Much bigger gap now, percentage wise.
  12. Eddy Alvarez

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    Maybe not as long as you think. Talk of an El Camino based off of the 2014 Commodore (Australia market) has been in the works for almost a year now! It will be marketed as a "hybrid" pick-up truck car that exceeds S-10 fuel efficiency. See link for more info...I never said it was pretty!

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://images.thecarconnection.com/med/2011-holden-commodore-ute_100411097_m.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1081170_el-camino-nomad-trademarks-just-routine-procedure-says-chevy&usg=__dMMBMsLPrIZO6zdUN3E08yVolgg=&h=382&w=640&sz=61&hl=en&start=33&zoom=1&tbnid=ltxjrbuu532ooM:&tbnh=82&tbnw=137&ei=yf32UKe9I4_e8ATA04HICg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dchevy%2BCommodore%26start%3D20%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26sa%3DN%26gbv%3D2%26rlz%3D1R2MERD_enUS499%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1
  13. soboy

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    Here's are some very insightful initial impressions of the new Stingray, written by a Detroit insider whose opinions I respect - scroll to the bottom of the page for the Corvette review: http://www.autoextremist.com

    I am glad Peter agrees with me re: the Camaro taillights and the Nissan/tuner side profile. As I said before, it may be a technically excellent sports car, but it is fugly and does not have the Corvette styling lineage it should have.
  14. chazbird

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    The link does have a decent review of the new Corvette "Stingray". The picture of it, a dark gunmetal gray, does diminish the visibility of the black louvers and helps tone down the more objectionable aspects of the styling. Even those Stingrays louver-vents are functional I remember the '68 Camaro RS with the plastic faux hood vents. In era of wide belts and super flare pants that Camaro styling was cheesy then.
  15. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    You're right soboy, that reviewer nailed it on the Vette.
  16. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I guarantee you that the new Corvette will have round taillights by its second model year, if not sooner.

    The faithful will demand it.

    What a friggin disaster the exterior styling is on this thing!

    It really needs to be cleaned up. Way too busy.

    They need to hire an Italian to fix it. Seriously.


    edit: didn't the C6 get criticized for looking "too italian"? Now the design team has gone the other way and it's getting criticized for looking "too Japanese". Maybe they just need to call back some of the retired former Corvette teammates to clean the thing up... :dunno
  17. green hell

    green hell yawning or snarling

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    the whore-red interior is tolerable, the center-stack sucks dog balls, and the exterior is a wee-bit over the top.

    i'll take mine in gun-metal grey.
  18. JStory

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    The C-6, IMHO, is a thing of beauty. C-7? :cry
  19. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    People have tweeked out over every little change to the "vettes as long as I remember.

    The C4 wasn't "vette enough, the C5 was to angular, yada yada. (I was three when the C3 went out of production, so I missed that exchange)

    I actually like the C7, round tail lights or not. Its still a V8, front engined, traverse leaf, 2 seater...and it even has a pop-top and carbon fiber.

    Its Corvette enough for me.
  20. 68deluxe

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