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roscobbc

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Fri 07 Feb 14 20:49

Autocar C7 test


Surprising Autocar test comparing C7 against 911, F Type and Audi R8 -



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Fri 07 Feb 14 21:15


Nice review, looks like we'll be seeing some on the roads from the non-Corvette hardcore, assuming they can get beyond LHD.


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roscobbc

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Fri 07 Feb 14 21:27


FranV8 wrote (View Post):Nice review, looks like we'll be seeing some on the roads from the non-Corvette hardcore, assuming they can get beyond LHD.
And that will be the 'saving grace' Fran - the AH's that can't get their heads around LHD will move on elsewhere - possibly on to the next Mustang Clap


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Fri 07 Feb 14 22:40

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Cheers Ross.. Thumbs up


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Fri 07 Feb 14 23:36

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Thanks for posting this Autocar video review up on the website. a very good watch indeed. Well worth a look by all Vette fans. Thumbs up

and some that are not !!! Laughing Laughing Very Happy

Why do they never mention overall running costs of say 50k miles in these tests ? I suspect another big tick in the Corvette box Thumbs up


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Sat 08 Feb 14 10:08

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Thanks Ross! Very interesting, and from a relatively un-biased standpoint. (although, wasn't S Sutcliffe involved in a US car mag at some time??)

I read a few very favourable reviews of the Jaguar, so its good to see the comparison made over here.

All someone needs to do now is let GM see this video! They have effectively given up on the European market, whatever they like to think! Sales “efforts” are non existent, and a few friends here who are going through the process of buying C7s are having to really struggle to get one, let alone order the colour/spec they want! If GM had anyone who understood Europe I think they could sell thousands of this generation.


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Sat 08 Feb 14 10:51

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kentvette wrote (View Post):Thanks Ross! Very interesting, and from a relatively un-biased standpoint. (although, wasn't S Sutcliffe involved in a US car mag at some time??)

I read a few very favourable reviews of the Jaguar, so its good to see the comparison made over here.

All someone needs to do now is let GM see this video! They have effectively given up on the European market, whatever they like to think! Sales “efforts” are non existent, and a few friends here who are going through the process of buying C7s are having to really struggle to get one, let alone order the colour/spec they want! If GM had anyone who understood Europe I think they could sell thousands of this generation.

Valid comments - makes me think back when GMUK invited CCCUK members to ZR1 launch - great gesture, taking nothing away from the thought behind it - I just went away with the thought that "yes, the marketing men have been at it again - they have had a 30 second meeting and in their perceived wisdom decided to offer the car with standard options (chrome wheels) in the UK that would presume any driver to normally wear a Stetson and snakeskin boots". There was zero follow-up marketing after that. Price of 'new' C7 is still outrageous in the UK (certainly compared with what one would pay in the USA) although with prices of other European manufactured 'performance' vehicles having risen quite steeply over the last few years the comparison 'in our eyes' is favourable and in expenditure terms in the UK it with out question is a performance bargain. I know we have to factor-in things like SVA appro' and import duties etc - the real killer, obviously is the 20% VAT. However, there are a number of other new vehicles from 'household' international manufacturers being sold in the UK which are physically manufactured and sourced from the USA - I wonder if there is some form of surcharge exemption for these?.



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Jack Cooper

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Sat 08 Feb 14 11:01


Nice to see a very positive reaction from the 'German Car Weekly' guys. Their original C6 test awarded 4 stars, IIRC, but subsequent efforts only raised 3 stars (not sure of the rationale
behind that, as Corvettes generally improve year by year....). In fairness, ZR1 (C6) was given an extra star.
C7 seems v. tempting........seems a shame to sell a superb C6 tho'......
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Sat 08 Feb 14 14:37

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roscobbc wrote (View Post): Price of 'new' C7 is still outrageous in the UK (certainly compared with what one would pay in the USA) although with prices of other European manufactured 'performance' vehicles having risen quite steeply over the last few years

Sure, the Stingray isn't a cheap car in UK but it's priced well below the comparable F-Type and 911, neither of which you'll see for less than £75,000

Stingray is also priced a lot more sensibly than the ridiculously expensive C6 run-out models.

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Sat 08 Feb 14 15:05

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Don't know what the exact spec and options/prices are for UK/Euro spec C7s (Z51 is standard). Suspect that when you compare a similarly specced C7 and F-Type V8S, the Vette is going to look like an even bigger bargain?

The V8S Autocar tested in June last year, had a base price of £79.995 but £91,695 with the extras as tested.


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