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C8 Corvette

I mean...I'm a Mustang guy all the way...but damn.

Something so cool about a car where you can see the engine through the rear glass. Yeah I know that the Ford GT was there first, and the Panterra way before that....but a GT is nearly a half-million dollars and you have to "Apply" and be "Chosen" to even buy one.

This thing requires a phone call to a chevy dealer.

Base price under $60,000

I think business is about to pick up in Bowling Green.




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Spotted a small caravan of them on I65 S the other day, guess they were headed back to Bowling Green. They definitely are sharp looking. I was headed the other direction and could see cars in front of me veer as the drivers did a double take.

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Kinda cool, wish they could be had with a manual transmission. Can't wait to see how they do on track.
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It looks DAMN GOOD!

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I still like the C7 better. I'd never buy a 'vette of any kind, but I can admit that the C7 looked pretty cool.
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Kinda cool, wish they could be had with a manual transmission. Can't wait to see how they do on track.
Really, no Manuals ?! I'll take that off my potential shopping list. ( in 5 Years, when I could afford it ) Sure looks like allot of car for the money, granted, you'll never see one sold at "base price". I guess I'll stick to Boxsters, my only want is more power.

I generally don't like 'Vette styling, like many domestic performance cars/trucks there's no subtlety; all garish vents, trim and contrived angles. But that's not too bad, I'll have to see one in person.

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The lack of a manual in virtually all new cars would be a thread for another day.

The issue really is the automatics have gotten so good that manuals make little sense except for nostalgia. It hurts to say that. I grew up rowing 4 speed and 5 speeds all day long.

For 0-60 in less than 3 seconds...it's just almost humanly impossible to shift a manual that fast. That's the "engineering" reason...and as an engineer I can see it. As a driving enthusiast it makes me sad.

The other part of this, of course, is that most drivers in the united states can't drive a stick. In my house, it's 2/5 and that is DESPITE my best efforts to teach my wife how...which failed miserably. (If you ask her....it is my fault for lack of patience. I may have to agree with that). IN any case as Harley Davidson has learned, designing all of your products for an aging demographic is no way to ensure long term viability as a profitable company. That's a long winded way of saying, "Kids these days."

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Really, no Manuals ?! I'll take that off my potential shopping list. ( in 5 Years, when I could afford it ) Sure looks like allot of car for the money, granted, you'll never see one sold at "base price". I guess I'll stick to Boxsters, my only want is more power.

I generally don't like 'Vette styling, like many domestic performance cars/trucks there's no subtlety; all garish vents, trim and contrived angles. But that's not too bad, I'll have to see one in person.
I really liked the way it looked until I saw a shot of the back. Too Camaro-ish. I told my coworkers that it looks like a Camaro humped a Civic Si and this is what came out!


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The lack of a manual in virtually all new cars would be a thread for another day.

The issue really is the automatics have gotten so good that manuals make little sense except for nostalgia. It hurts to say that. I grew up rowing 4 speed and 5 speeds all day long.

For 0-60 in less than 3 seconds...it's just almost humanly impossible to shift a manual that fast. That's the "engineering" reason...and as an engineer I can see it. As a driving enthusiast it makes me sad.

The other part of this, of course, is that most drivers in the united states can't drive a stick. In my house, it's 2/5 and that is DESPITE my best efforts to teach my wife how...which failed miserably. (If you ask her....it is my fault for lack of patience. I may have to agree with that). IN any case as Harley Davidson has learned, designing all of your products for an aging demographic is no way to ensure long term viability as a profitable company. That's a long winded way of saying, "Kids these days."

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Agreed. I just don't care if it's faster. Having an actual clutch pedal is much more engaging to drive, and that's what I buy a performance car for. If I wanted everything done for me I'd play a video game ! Nothing is more fun than a perfect heel-toe downshift, hitting the apex, and banging upshift's at redline

My wife had to special order her AUDI A5 6-Speed, now they don't even make one.

Just say no to flappy paddles !
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Looks like a Lotus...not a bad thing I guess, but its lost the entire character of the Vette in the redesign...the hood is just too short now.
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So sexy to me! Not sure I get one but I love the way it looks and its good to see GM stepping in the right direction. This is first iteration so i cant imagine what they do when they juice it and it gets into sub 3 second 0 to 60 range.

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It's the way of the future, just wait till they add the hybrid drive to it!

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Interesting, I think it's the first production car I've seen with larger rotors in the rear than the front. That may be a styling thing to fit the staggered wheel sizes ? Despite the added rear weight, the fronts still do the majority of the work.

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Agreed. I just don't care if it's faster. Having an actual clutch pedal is much more engaging to drive, and that's what I buy a performance car for. If I wanted everything done for me I'd play a video game ! Nothing is more fun than a perfect heel-toe downshift, hitting the apex, and banging upshift's at redline

My wife had to special order her AUDI A5 6-Speed, now they don't even make one.

Just say no to flappy paddles !
I wonder if the guys who grew up on model T's lamented the loss of the hand crank and the manually controlled distributor advance. I bet some of them did. Especially the hand crank.

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Kinda cool, wish they could be had with a manual transmission. Can't wait to see how they do on track.
It's a shame the car industry has shifted towards automatics. Yes, they might be faster these days, but they're not nearly as fun.

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