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Old 01-16-2013, 11:32 AM
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:15 PM
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BMW does not have the best dash display. Saab gets that distinction.

The speedometer should be in the center, like Saab and Mercedes.

Illumination is disputable. BMW reddish/orange light is used because the eye is red weak so it disrupts night vision less. However, there is brake light confusion and slower reaction time when others' brake lights blend in with your BMW dash lights. Furthermore, since the eye is red weak, the intensity of light has to be higher than green, which requires less intensity to notice the dash. Overall, I think a dim green is better than red/orange. Saabs have dim green.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:02 PM
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The speedometer should be in the center, like Saab and Mercedes.
I really wish they put the tachometer front and center like Porsche, people who don't know how to drive need help to know where the engine revolutions are
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:07 PM
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It is definitely more upscale look inside and out. But one thing I learned, seeing the photos is very different than seeing in person.
The switchgear (particularly the turn signal stalk) has that standard GM parts bin look (and probably feel).

Seats look good, however.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:46 PM
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since the eye is red weak, the intensity of light has to be higher than green, which requires less intensity to notice the dash. Overall, I think a dim green is better than red/orange. Saabs have dim green.
I knew there was a reason I dont like SAAB, those green gauges look pretty bad:



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Old 01-16-2013, 01:53 PM
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I knew there was a reason I dont like SAAB, those green gauges look pretty bad:


Lol.

Those are dating back to the late 90's


I always found them clean clear and easily legible.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:25 PM
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Only amateurs have to look at the dash to see their speed or RPMs. True drivers just know it by the feel of the car.

I had an '09 ZO6, my third Corvette. Have you ever driven one? 98% of the time, I never look at the tach because I can hear/feel when to shift. It's the 2% of the time when pushing it to the limits and the RPMs shoot to redline very quickly, when one needs to know where the needle is before the limiter kicks in. Someone who has never driven a very fast car would not understand.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:32 PM
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Please don't take pictures of the new car.

Instead, please take pictures of prospective buyers looking at the new car. Interested to see how many walkers and Hurry-Cane's are being used and where they intend to store them.

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It's funny how some make comments like this when they are driving family sedans with 4 cylinder engines and their other vehicle is a Honda minivan.

At least some of those spirited old guys are still trying to live the life that some others have only read about.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:34 PM
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I had an '09 ZO6, my third Corvette. Have you ever driven one? 98% of the time, I never look at the tach because I can hear/feel when to shift. It's the 2% of the time when pushing it to the limits and the RPMs shoot to redline very quickly, when one needs to know where the needle is before the limiter kicks in. Someone who has never driven a very fast car would not understand.
Correct, when my 13-16(got blower cams now) of psi hits the first couple of gears are off the limiter instantly. The zo6 revs very nicely, most have never experienced anything like it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:28 PM
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He was obviously joking, so was I.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:41 PM
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Just left the event. Took lots of pics.
Pics and details to follow shortly ,

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:50 PM
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Just left the event. Took lots of pics.
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How were the prunes? Was the Sanka hot enough?

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:19 PM
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There were a number of classic Corvettes on display including a 1953 that was reportedly the third Corvette ever built. There was a 1967 396 coupe, several 1970's Mako Sharks and a few C6s. They were showing films of Corvette racing history including a few shots of John Fitch at LeMans.

The new car was a big hit. I got sat in it and the seats and interior are a bit step up from the previous model. there is a reasonable size trunk that could easily hold enough luggage for a weekend trip by two people.

Overall I would say it was very well received. I'll download and edit the pictures I took tomorrow morning.

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:21 PM
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How was the seating room in the interior? The pictures look like it's a bit tighter as compared to the C6.

I checked with my friend who owns a local Chevy dealership and he was under the impression the Philly show will have one on display (maybe the one you saw in NYC)?. I was planning to attend Friday night for their pre-opening where attendees can sit in the cars, but I got tagged for another obligation. I'm now going on Saturday.
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How was the seating room in the interior? The pictures look like it's a bit tighter as compared to the C6.

I checked with my friend who owns a local Chevy dealership and he was under the impression the Philly show will have one on display (maybe the one you saw in NYC)?. I was planning to attend Friday night for their pre-opening where attendees can sit in the cars, but I got tagged for another obligation. I'm now going on Saturday.
I did not find the interior to be cramped and I sat in both the drivers and passengers seat. In both cases there was someone sitting next to me,
I found the interior to be acceptable, and it did not feel cheap, Certainly up to the level if the F30 I sat in last week. Not at the level of Ms, Audio's Jag XKR or our friends new Porsche Panamera but I felt it was very acceptable for a sports car in this price range.

It will be interesting to see what you think after you see it, One of the guys that was part of our group (The Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society) has a C7 on order. He is a real Corvette devotee and has a collection of 18 Corvettes with every body style represented. I am not sure when he will be taking delivery,


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BMW does not have the best dash display. Saab gets that distinction.

The speedometer should be in the center, like Saab and Mercedes.
WRONG. The tachometer belongs in the center. Like every other perfomance car. Even lexus gets that right.
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Dude this car is dope. How can anyone not like it? Ive always hated american muscle cars. The last vette was pretty nice. This one is just awesome.

BUT THEY HAVE RUNFLATS?!?!
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Old Man in a Corvette

I have several 4x6 B&W copies of this photo of John Fitch in the #3 Cunningham Corvette that was raced by Fitch and Bob Grossman at LeMans in 1960. To the best of my knowledge the picture was taken at the Corvettes at Carlisle (PA) event in 2003.



The pictures are signed by John Fitch (they are reproductions including the signature)

On the back of the photo it says:

To this for whom automobiles are forever
fascinating; for those who see in a turning wheel
both the principal of motion and the promise of
other horizons, For those who see in a fine
automobile an expression of the man's will, one form
of his art and the evidence of his longing to move
with precision and grace.


....."Adventures on Wheels"
Autobiography of John Fitch


Fitch was to a large extent responsible for setting up the first Corvette racing team and establishing the Corvette as a force to be reckoned with in International Road Racing,

If anyone would like a copy PM me your mailing address and I will send you one,

The supply is limited so order yours today!

But wait, there's more! If you are one of the first 5 callers you will also get a copy of the notorious "Pothole Explosions The Movie" posters!
This rare poster is doubling in value every year. Last year it was worthless and today it is worth twice that!

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cool inside. but yea only see old guys driving these things

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Yeah, because we can actually afford it.
That's the real reason for sure. A Corvette, and 2 seater sports cars like it, is usually a weekend car as most people don't use them as daily drivers.
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The only time you see a young guy driving a Corvette is when he borrow it from his father, usually the smile is from ear to ear.
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The only time you see a young guy driving a Corvette is when he borrow it from his father, usually the smile is from ear to ear.
But still, it is depressing every time I am at an autox or track event, it is always some vette way ahead of everyone else
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No question the average age of a Corvette owner is getting up there. With this new car they hope to attract some of the younger folks buying Porches and BMWs and Audis.
We shall see; it it's a pretty slick offering.
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DO YA THINK?

Does it ride comfortably yet handle? Remains to be seen. Ditto BMW's survivability.....egad!
If you check out the new stingray dash... It's pretty similar to the LCI display for BMW (I believe only Europe/Canada gets it), it's pretty sick, and the new interior on the corvette looks a lot less "plasticky"... I'd take my C5 over the garbage C6 interior any day...
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