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Old 07-23-2019, 11:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The only way it will change my life is watching them go by on the road, so I appreciate that the overall proportions are so much better than the front-engine Vette/Viper style.

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...and the only way it will change my life is if I buy it used 10 or more years later. The newest vehicle I've ever bought was my CBR. Bought it in 2003 as a 2001 model for nearly half the MSRP. After that my next newest vehicle was the 2006 Acura I bought in 2010 for half MSRP.

I'm the same way with all technology though. My wife's cell phone is a Pixel XL, which can be had for $90 these days when the latest one goes for $900. I'll get her the latest one... in 2 years when it's $90.
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I've been looking at Mustangs and I-6 BMW's lately. and I'm only 27. Funny what happens when you finally surpass paycheck to paycheck life.
*Looks at the ridiculous Fiat 500 Abarth in my garage*

Still got 43 mpg round trip to work today. Even after nearly redlining it twice in each direction.

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There will be NO manual transmission available in the mid-engine Vette! I'm never buying one!1!!


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Aesthetically the C1 is beautiful, and I think the C7 looks good too. I'm wondering though, are all those grills and openings functional on the C7? I see a grill, hood vent, vent just forward of the door, and an opening near the rear wheels.

The Civic type R looks ridiculous with all the faux plastic vents.
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I'm not sure about the base C7 Stingray, but with the Z51 package the rear fender intakes and hood vent are functional. The hood vent is pretty slick--it's fully ducted from the radiator. I don't remember if the front fender vents are functional or not.
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I maintained that I would only believe it when I saw it, since GM has teased those panties since ~1970. But it’s here now. I think it makes sense for the brand, and frankly a change like this feels less rippling or disturbing than the Mustang going IRS.

If Lotus could build supercharged Evoras at the price of a Corvette, we wouldn’t think of the Evora as anything less than a magic exotic car at a magical price. But Chevy builds the Corevette at a bargain price with passably good quality, and genuinely good dynamics (Z51 bargain, anybody?), and folks dismiss it as just more GM muscle trash.
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I'm not sure about the base C7 Stingray, but with the Z51 package the rear fender intakes and hood vent are functional. The hood vent is pretty slick--it's fully ducted from the radiator. I don't remember if the front fender vents are functional or not.
Can’t say for sure and won’t take a minute to look, but I remember overheating issues in supercharged Corvettes, which touched off a storm of seeking out more and more cooling opportunities in these cars, so it wouldn’t entirely surprise me if vents were functional vs not.

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