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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:11 PM

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray arrives with edges sharpened

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.

After 60 years of production, General Motors could have found ample reasons for waving the checkered flag at the Vette. Thanks to GM’s bankruptcy, the Vette has soldiered on longer than it should have without a major update; GM sold 14,132 last year, well off the 30,000 a year it sustained for much of the past decade. New U.S. fuel economy rules hit sports cars head-on, demanding the same measure of efficiency improvements in hot rods as in compact family sedans.

More importantly, the Corvette has lost much of its cultural currency from the heyday of NASA astronauts drag-racing their free Corvettes on the beach, falling into the tar pit of an old man’s car competing for young people’s attention. From “Transformers” to the “Fast and Furious” movies, Hollywood prefers the new Chevy Camaro and those Vettes the astronauts drove. A survey from the popular Forza racing video game of the most-driven models found the modern Vette didn’t crack the top 40. And while you can still buy Barbie her classic pink Vette, it’s a far less popular choice than sending her off with Ken in a Mini Cooper.

On first view, the makeover wrought by Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter and team appears evolutionary. Yet every piece of the Vette has either been re-engineered or updated, from the new all-aluminum frame to the sharper, “shrink-wrapped” exterior to the 6.2-liter, 450-hp, 450 lb.-ft. V-8. That engine can now be paired to an optional Tremec 7-speed manual, a GM first, that will automatically match the engine’s RPMs to the anticipated gear in all shifts.

More at: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/2014-chevrolet-corvette-stingray-arrives-edges-sharpened-235611949.html

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Reply The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray arrives with edges sharpened (Original post)
Zorro Jan 2013 OP
MrSlayer Jan 2013 #1
KittyWampus Jan 2013 #20
Agschmid Jan 2013 #2
freethought Jan 2013 #18
A HERETIC I AM Jan 2013 #30
sendero Jan 2013 #47
malthaussen Jan 2013 #59
Trajan Jan 2013 #3
Agschmid Jan 2013 #7
sad-cafe Jan 2013 #4
Courtesy Flush Jan 2013 #5
KittyWampus Jan 2013 #21
Agschmid Jan 2013 #23
raidert05 Jan 2013 #6
ileus Jan 2013 #50
GObamaGO Jan 2013 #8
Zorro Jan 2013 #9
Archaic Jan 2013 #10
Zorro Jan 2013 #11
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #13
Agschmid Jan 2013 #24
nc4bo Jan 2013 #12
benld74 Jan 2013 #14
RebelOne Jan 2013 #15
Bonn1997 Jan 2013 #16
DemoTex Jan 2013 #19
DainBramaged Jan 2013 #28
Agschmid Jan 2013 #31
justanidea Jan 2013 #35
CanSocDem Jan 2013 #57
Motown_Johnny Jan 2013 #44
Fawke Em Jan 2013 #55
Motown_Johnny Jan 2013 #56
Historic NY Jan 2013 #17
DainBramaged Jan 2013 #25
flvegan Jan 2013 #34
RandiFan1290 Jan 2013 #22
DainBramaged Jan 2013 #27
flvegan Jan 2013 #33
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DainBramaged Jan 2013 #36
RandiFan1290 Jan 2013 #46
crazyjoe Jan 2013 #26
DJ13 Jan 2013 #29
justanidea Jan 2013 #32
Rob H. Jan 2013 #58
LeftyMom Jan 2013 #37
flvegan Jan 2013 #38
LeftyMom Jan 2013 #39
flvegan Jan 2013 #40
LeftyMom Jan 2013 #41
flvegan Jan 2013 #42
LeftyMom Jan 2013 #43
Victor_c3 Jan 2013 #48
Motown_Johnny Jan 2013 #45
The Straight Story Jan 2013 #49
Evasporque Jan 2013 #51
Kolesar Jan 2013 #52
Paladin Jan 2013 #53
LWolf Jan 2013 #54
Floyd_Gondolli Jan 2013 #60
justanidea Jan 2013 #61
Floyd_Gondolli Jan 2013 #63
freethought Jan 2013 #65
davesliberal1977_gg Jan 2013 #62
taught_me_patience Jan 2013 #64

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:17 PM

1. Looks great.

 

I'm not much of a car guy at all but I've always liked Corvettes.

Probably costs a small fortune.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:40 PM

20. I'm not a car gal at all but that is pretty slick looking

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:20 PM

2. Here is a picture if anyone wants to see...

drool...



but in reality I drive this...



which I also love.

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:13 PM

18. Wow! I'm not a huge car guy

but that is a sweet looking ride! It looks like something that rolled of the line at Ferrari!

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Response to freethought (Reply #18)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:49 PM

30. Indeed, it does look like they have been taking styling cues from Maranello

The Vette;



Ferrari F12 Berlinetta;


Gorgeous car. I pass by the plant in Bowling Green, KY. about once a month.

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Response to freethought (Reply #18)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:18 AM

47. Yeah..

... one could not help but notice the Euro influence in the styling, and why not, the Europeans (ok Italians ) have always made the most exciting sports cars.

I too have always wanted a vette but looks like that ship has sailed. If I DID get one I'd want a 69 or so

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:19 AM

59. Looks like a '60s slot car n/t.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:21 PM

3. Some pics would be nice





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Response to Trajan (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:35 PM

7. Well we did that at the same time haha.. n/t

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:24 PM

4. I love it

 

of course I would so get many tickets were it mine.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:25 PM

5. I haven't liked them since the 70s.

They may be better cars now, I don't know, but for pure eye appeal, 1950s - 1970s were the heyday.

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:42 PM

21. the most beautiful car I've ever seen was an old (or should I say vintage) 1958 Cadillac El Dorado.

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #21)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:53 PM

23. It is quite beautiful...



Also available in hard top I think? But I love an open roof.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:27 PM

6. Never been much....

 

For things that go fast but....I love big tires and driving over big rocks real slow...

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Response to raidert05 (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:54 AM

50. With 4:1 transfercases

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:38 PM

8. We streamed the press conference

That is the best looking Corvette in decades.

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Response to GObamaGO (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:41 PM

9. "Sharp" looking with good gas mileage

Looks like a winning combination.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:41 PM

10. I should get one.

My Volt gets 250mpg.
This would get 26 mpg.

So my average would still be great!

(Kidding. My Volt is everything I need)

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:43 PM

11. On a side note

saw my first Tesla Model S in the wild (Redondo Beach) last week.

That is one gorgeous car.

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Response to Zorro (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:48 PM

13. Indeed, they're both gorgeous pieces of machinery.

And, the Tesla's loads better for the environment, too, since it's all electric.

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Response to Zorro (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:11 PM

24. Oh la la...

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:46 PM

12. Hotness! nm

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:55 PM

14. I really never 'got' them,,,,

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:01 PM

15. Love the Corvette.

Former boyfriend had one in the '70s and I would borrow it when my car was in the garage. I hated returning it to him. My sister in Florida now has a new 'Vet.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:05 PM

16. I like the original more

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Response to Bonn1997 (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:35 PM

19. Best was 1960

But I prefer a Porsche 356 (I had a 1965 356SC sunroof coupe in the 1990s).

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #19)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:22 PM

28. I agree, but with a modern LS1 and six speed

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #28)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:52 PM

31. Wow gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by this thread and sharing this picture!

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #28)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:01 AM

35. Everything is better when it's powered by a LS!

 

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #28)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:31 AM

57. Well that ones ruined.



The windshield on those Corvettes is iconic. But it is a subjective aesthetic determination which means 'Everybody is right!'

As for the 2014 edition....to me it is another example of the prevailing design fixation on 'excess'. In particular, excessive design.

Modern day designers do what the 'Vette designers did. Take 4 or 5 stylized body lines each capable of standing on their own, and work out a way to put them ALL into the design. I think it is a generational thing, but still prevalent in many aspects of the culture.

Back in my day there was a aesthetic narrative to the long drawn out body lines that suggested grace or style without shouting. The shape of a windshield, the iconic shape of the side panels and the pert, protruding, yet stylishly understated rear deck made the Corvette something special. Nowadays, they just want to SELL as many as possible.

Unfortunately that means putting all the company's resources into the biggest moneymakers. Cars that are short, stocky and well 'branded'. Don't get me started....

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:45 AM

44. I disagree

My choice would be the '63 split window coupe






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Response to Motown_Johnny (Reply #44)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:06 AM

55. I like this one much better than the new one discussed in the OP

I think that one looks more Italian than American.

I'm partial to American muscle cars.

In fact, I drive a Mustang.

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #55)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:56 AM

56. I'm a Mustang guy

I learned to drive o a '73 with a 351 CL and some years later owned another one very similar to that first one. Also had a '90 for a while.

Defiantly my favorite vehicle.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:12 PM

17. The Volt outsells the VEtte...

they market the Vette to 50+ yr old men, its a substitute for testosterone.

I owned one in my 20's the new ones well are hard on my back.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #17)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:14 PM

25. its a substitute for testosterone

Did you know that over a third of Corvette customers are women? Mostly convertibles with an automatic, but still, 506HP at less than $70K and maybe you'll think about that comment a bit in the future.....


If I had the money a ZL1 Camaro and it has NOTHING TO FUCKING DO with testoseroney. Not being a gear head you'd never understand. OH and I'm 62 shortly, bury my wrinkled old ass in the dirt when I start to spew shit like that.

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #25)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 12:57 AM

34. Another good post.

Cheers, friend!

And I'll take a ZR1 and a CTS-V wagon to go, brother!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 09:46 PM

22. Great

More low T sufferers to ride my ass down the road.

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Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #22)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:18 PM

27. That's truly bigoted of you

Those of us who have suffered from brain tumors or cancer NEED Testosterone substitute, and your reply is crude and truly evil.


Just because you don't get cars doesn't mean you have the right to disparage seniors or recovering cancer patients.

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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #27)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 12:54 AM

33. Good post.

Good to see you as well.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #33)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:05 AM

36. .

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:15 PM

26. awsome, always loved the vette.

 

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 10:27 PM

29. Love it

but its too bad GM long ago (early 80's) lost the plot, where the 'vette was supposed to be a sports car the average guy could afford.

Its no wonder it isnt selling very well.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 12:49 AM

32. I watched the unveiling live on Youtube.

 

I was skepitical when the renderings leaked a year ago. However after seeing actual photos I am loving it.

GM said they are targeting a younger dempgraphic with the C7. Being a 22 year old, I think I fall right into the dempgraphic they wish to target. (Or will be in that demographic in a few years)

The styling this time around is much more exotic than the outgoing model. Lamborghinis have long been my dream cars, however this Corvette is making me reconsider. Plus the fact that a new Corvette is ~$60k vs. a new Lamborghini Gallardo's ~$200k helps.

Some hi-res pics from the show:













Also in gray!



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Response to justanidea (Reply #32)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:50 AM

58. Call me crazy, but...

I like the gray one a LOT more than the red. It just looks sleeker, somehow. Maybe because the black bits on the body don't stand out as much? Now if only I had a pile of cash sitting around that I no other use for.... (And if I did, make mine the 7-speed manual, please.)







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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:06 AM

37. I'm not crazy about the look of it, myself. Too angular. But I'm partial to the third generation

mako shark bodies. God, those things are sexy.

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #37)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:08 AM

38. *melts*

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Response to flvegan (Reply #38)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:12 AM

39. There's a '79 in the garage at dad's house. It's the next project once we're done with my ElCo.

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #39)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:17 AM

40. No rear spoiler and rubber bumpers. Hmph.

And even the L82 at the time was barely 200hp.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #40)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:20 AM

41. Oh, it's not keeping the original engine.

Well, it can't, 'cause my dad took it out to get rebuilt and the truck it was in the back of was stolen on the way to the shop. In like 1991. We suck at prompt completion of projects. Which is why like two years ago we were talking crate motors.

He made noises about yoinking the engine out of the El Camino, you can guess what my response sounded like.

edit: And the silly rear spoiler just messes up the aerodynamics and the lines of the car, both.

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #41)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:27 AM

42. My 1980 was far more pretty.

It was an L48 to start. Then it ran 8's. Scared the hell out of me and I sold it.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #42)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:28 AM

43. When we get ready to get working on it I'm going to pick your brain.

Dad knows you had one and asked me ages ago to ask you something, but I forget what the eff it was.

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #39)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:36 AM

48. I did a frame-off restoration on a '79 a few years back

I'm glad I did the work, but I never want to do that again. It took me about two years to get everything apart, cleaned, and put back together. I was really proud of myself for what I managed to accomplish - especially since before doing any of the work I knew absolutely nothing about cars. I sure learned a lot. I even rebuilt the transmission (TH350) on my own.





For the engine, I ended up with a 465 hp, 450 tq, 383 cubic in, 6.2 liter V-8. It made a huge difference over the stock L-48 that the car used to have.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:47 AM

45. I'll be at the Detroit Auto Show in about 10 days

and will get to see it up close and personal then.

Looks pretty great from those pictures.


Honestly though, I am more interested in the new line of Ford Hybrids and EVs.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:42 AM

49. Can't have a thread on corvettes without this:

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:08 AM

51. Looks like a Lotus...



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Response to Evasporque (Reply #51)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:55 AM

52. I hope GM makes a lot of money on it

Good point about the Lotus!
I don't need a garage queen, though. I will buy a sailboat or something to go camping with.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:58 AM

53. The Corvette Goes Goes Full, Clunky NASCAR In Design. Disappointing. (nt)

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:39 AM

54. Does it come in a hybrid?

I'm looking for 45 mpg.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:27 AM

60. I love it when the Top Gear guys rag on the Corvette

 

The UK version of the show, not the shitty American version.

It's nice to see someone call these plastic laden shit boxes what they are.

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Response to Floyd_Gondolli (Reply #60)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:59 PM

61. "Plastic laden shit box"

 

Hmm nice try. I would be more subtle next time though. Your trolling is too obvious.

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Response to justanidea (Reply #61)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:15 AM

63. Now now

 

Don't brew up a fondu in your panties.

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Response to justanidea (Reply #61)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 01:31 PM

65. Even Jeremy Clarkson had a few good things to say

about some the of the more recent Corvette models. He didn't put them up there with Aston Martin or Ferrari, but they had some qualities he liked.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:25 PM

62. What a beautiful car

 

I've always liked the Corvettes, especially the newer ones. They provide near-supercar like performance at a fraction of the cost. Plus, they're very reasonable to maintain.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:40 AM

64. They are still using the antiquated pushrod V8

That sucks. Where is the turbo V6 or turbo 4 banger? This is 2013... why are they using 50 yo technology?

Looks good, though.

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