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The New Vette
motoramic ^ | 1/13/13 | By Justin Hyde

Posted on 01/13/2013 6:38:47 PM PST by central_va

In a rational world, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray wouldn’t exist. The very idea of launching a two-seat sports car named after a World War II ship powered by a truck-sized V-8 goes against every trend line on every chart in every automaker’s boardroom. Yet here it is, the seventh generation of America’s most venerated sports car, sharpened in all dimensions by racing experience toward out-hustling the best sports cars in the world. The question will be whether it can outrun history.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: vette
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To: central_va

Well, I see they have brought the Aztec design team out of retirement.


41 posted on 01/13/2013 7:33:01 PM PST by technically right
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To: central_va

They cut-and-pasted the ass end of the camaro onto the previous-generation vette to get this. Ridiculous.

They’ve lost one of the main identifying style elements of the vette: the twin *and separated* tail lights. The new ones are nearly identical to the camaro lights. The ridiculous little “quarter window” cheapens the whole car too. Vettes have never had those. And as noted upthread, the high beltline really adds fat to the car. They could have continued the drop in the bodyline along the window, and then they’d have a real place to put that rear air inlet.

Give me a C-3 anyday. Larry Shinoda must be rolling in his grave.


42 posted on 01/13/2013 7:35:15 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: x1stcav

Hey, now wait a minute.

My ‘59 was a thing of beauty!


43 posted on 01/13/2013 7:36:12 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn....)
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To: central_va

Do not like. The Vette has lost it’s character. I’m sure it performs wonderfully, but it looks too much like too many other cars ... Lotus, Nissan/Infinit, etc.


44 posted on 01/13/2013 7:36:59 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: PLMerite

All that car’s missing is for those rims to be original Cragar S/S’s. Awesome.


45 posted on 01/13/2013 7:37:30 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Wankel Power!


46 posted on 01/13/2013 7:38:31 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: PLMerite

Also, is the photo reversed, or is that really a RHD ‘Vette?


47 posted on 01/13/2013 7:40:05 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: central_va
Took styling cues from this old concept?


48 posted on 01/13/2013 7:40:28 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Little Pig

Originally, but in ‘76, they replaced the rotary with a V-8.


49 posted on 01/13/2013 7:42:03 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: x1stcav

Government Motors. End of story.


50 posted on 01/13/2013 7:42:03 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: central_va

Here we see the number one problem with modern sports cars. Proper airflow must be a priority at today’s speeds, which means design freedom is inhibited and all the bodies start to look very similar.


51 posted on 01/13/2013 7:42:29 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn....)
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To: x1stcav

Front end reminds me of a slightly tricked out Toyota Celica.


52 posted on 01/13/2013 7:43:45 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Little Pig

More like wanker power


53 posted on 01/13/2013 7:44:10 PM PST by technically right
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To: central_va

I hope none are ever entered in our car shows. I’ll have a heck of a time controlling my gag reflex while judging them. I’ve never been a ‘Vette fan but this has got to be the butt-ugliest version they’ve come up with yet.

I think I’ll stick with my ‘57 Bel Air and call myself a happy lil camper. :-)


54 posted on 01/13/2013 7:59:57 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: Little Pig
Those ultra-low profile tires do two things: they provide enough room for the huge brake discs without being cartoonishly large, and their sidewalls are so small that the tires flex very little under side loads, giving better handling.

Low profile tires are done for styling reasons only. They claim that it's for sidewall flex or whatever. If this was really true, then real race cars would do it too. Look at a Formula 1 race car, arguably the highest performing wheeled vehicles on the planet. They don't have low profile tires. Same for NASCAR vehicles. No low profile there, either.

55 posted on 01/13/2013 8:06:57 PM PST by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: central_va

As a corvette fan, it’s ugly. Damn ugly.

The rear end reminds me of that Cadillac CTS-V and the front end is an abomination. Whoever designed it should be shot.


56 posted on 01/13/2013 8:15:53 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: central_va

The styling say Dodge Viper


57 posted on 01/13/2013 8:17:18 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: technically right

Now that you mention it, the rear end does look like the Aztec.


58 posted on 01/13/2013 8:20:51 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: tpmintx
Look at a Formula 1 race car, arguably the highest performing wheeled vehicles on the planet. They don't have low profile tires.

That observation has occurred to me also and with extreme bemusement.

I especially hate to see a 4WD with low profile tires.

59 posted on 01/13/2013 8:23:23 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: usconservative

Agreed.
IMO the last good looking Corvette was the ‘67, although, I’m still partial to the pre-63’s. Owned a ‘57 for a while.


60 posted on 01/13/2013 8:24:21 PM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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