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Old 06-06-2011, 09:14 AM
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Goodbye corvettes!

The new Obama GM has announce the new generation corvette will be a 3.0 litre with a turbo or SC, could not bare to read the whole thing.

I guess only thing worse is, I did say when Obama bailed GM out the vette would end up with an electric motor.

Not an engine builder pro, like you guys but sounds to me like an engine that has no torque and will wind out at 8,000 RPMs, like a Honda.

Just when I thought the vette was getting right and was thinking of buying one last year and had been thinking about it this year--could end a real collector item, when they go out of business.

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Old 06-06-2011, 10:06 AM
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No surprise here .............. when Obooba took GM in a instant I became a Ford guy. All done with GM here..
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:27 AM
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I don't know... a 2500 lb 'Vette w/a 3L w/twin turbos making 20 lbs boost and a paddle-shifted 7 speed might fit into my garage...
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:46 AM
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Well, it won't change my life but... it might be a screamer. Look at Fords twin turbo F150 V6. It'll smoke most of the V8s, maybe all of them, in it's class. And it gets much better fuel economy doing it.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:59 AM
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Corvette has seemed to be a wannabe Euro type of sports car in the past few years, getting away from gobs of torque to be a refined type of Ferrari type of car. When they quit hiding the head lights I lost interest. Need a tune-up on one of the new type if they do what they say? Take out a second mortgage. I hate cars that cost more than a weeks wages for a tune-up, most required for warranty. Harley owners take it up the whazoo for their first tune-up, what a rip off!
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When they quit hiding the head lights I lost interest.
I can agree with that sentiment. As far as this 3.0L DOHC Turbo motor, I've heard it only as a rumor. Probably as true as GM saying they're going to move the car to a rear mid-engined platform. I do know that I've heard rumblings that the new base engine in the C7 is going to be a 5.5L pushrod v8 that cranks out 420hp. I imagine that it's going to be making that a considerable RPM, relatively speaking.

The current crop of upper management in GM strikes me as a bunch of blow hards anyways. I think Bob Lutz was a great guy, but I really don't care for Akerson after what I read this morning. After announcing he was going to change his game plan again and focus on making Chevy and Cadillac his world brands, he says of the two brand new, unreleased Cadillac models that he plans to use as part of his "global platform":

"They're not going to blow the doors off...but they will be very competitive."

I suppose you could say that's honesty from a company plagued by mediocre products, but I saw it as only being severely foolish.
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going to be all throw away cars ,,,, or a car that will cost more than most houses ... that is why most of us build our old clunkers up ... a 60's car still stands ,,, how many of you are building a chevett ,,, or a festiva .... or even a pinto .....????
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Well, it won't change my life but... it might be a screamer. Look at Fords twin turbo F150 V6. It'll smoke most of the V8s, maybe all of them, in it's class. And it gets much better fuel economy doing it.
Well I see yours and Cobalts point, I do know my 454/390 setting at a light next to a Honda or Subaru, I will get my butt kicked but I kinda like the fact, I don't need 10,000 RPMS to get away from the light.

Perhaps I'm not the best judge as to if or if not this is a killer for the corvette as, I was one in when they came out with the C-3 in 68 that said it was the end, back then.
Now the C-3 is one of my favorite styles, so I'm kind of wishy/washy.
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My brother in law has had several 'Vettes through the years and I've been given the chance to drive the three ofthem. His first (and my first as a driver) was a '65 327 4-speed, dark blue. Beautiful car. Thinking back on it, I'm going to say it was a close ratio box because of how it launched. It wasn't a solid lifter engine, but the L79 ran good, as anyone who had one can attest.

He sold the '65 to buy a '66 GTO (had my nephew to haul around), but as soon as he was old enough to not be in a baby seat, he ought a '68 427/390 4-speed. That car was more of an animal, but more of a straight liner than anything you'd want to go fast in the twisties with. Overall, the '65 was a better balanced car, IMO.

His last (and current) 'Vette is a '62 w/a 283/3-speed. 'Nuff said.

All of what I hear tells me that none of the above holds a candle to the 'Vettes that came after the C3.
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His last (and current) 'Vette is a '62 w/a 283/3-speed. 'Nuff said.[IMG]QUOTE]

I had a 61 and a 62, 283 with 3 spds and of all the vettes they were the most fun, the 283 did a great job of pushing that car but I think the gear box made the car.

I have a good friend that is a vette collector and he will not drive them, they are all 66-68 big blocks and what they call survivor class.

He recently bough a 66 with a big block, took the engine out and put in a beefed up 283, he is beating it to death and having a riot.
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No surprise here .............. when Obooba took GM in a instant I became a Ford guy. All done with GM here..
I agree completely - Obama shoulda let GM go under, putting a zillion folks outta work (and ending the 'Vette once and for all!)

Bleepin' jerks - who do they think we are - Americans or something?

Shoulda just let 'em go under so we can all buy Hondas and Toyotas!
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It aint the government's job to fix business that fail. I see nowhere in the constitution that it is mentioned.
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His last (and current) 'Vette is a '62 w/a 283/3-speed.
The above should read, "His last (and current) 'Vette is a '61 w/a 283/3-speed."

My nephew, Chris lurks here (hi, Crash!) and called me to correct my mistake.
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The Corvette has been the best bang for the buck. You have to spend 3-10 times the amount to get any other sports car that has as good of performance. That being said, who is their target consumer? Most of the vettes I see on the road are old white haired guys driving 10mph under the speed limit.
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The Corvette has been the best bang for the buck. You have to spend 3-10 times the amount to get any other sports car that has as good of performance. That being said, who is their target consumer? Most of the vettes I see on the road are old white haired guys driving 10mph under the speed limit.

OH! I thought we bought them because our hair was falling out and our di*ks stopped working.
10 under? Never seen that!
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