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WilcoMR-S
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I don't know. When the CEO recently said the M/T wasn't available because it would require a big hole in the trans tunnel for a shifter to stick up through, I started to wonder how much more of what he has said was bullshit.

I don't think he even knows where the transmission and motor are nor that it would have been shifted via cables.

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Posted : July 31, 2019 1:05 pm
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LordTakuban
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This car certainly has a great hype machine around it.  I'm even excited and I do not generally care for General Motors (to put it mildly).  I wonder how cheap the interior will be on this one.  And I'd be surprised if the pricing stays in the 50's or 60's given what's already been reported about it.

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Posted : August 7, 2019 7:59 pm
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haloruler64
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When the hype is so big it always makes me concerned. 

2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder, 2017 Lexus CT200h F Sport

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Posted : August 7, 2019 9:05 pm
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neomr2
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Cut Away Video

Mono Craft GT-300 with a few upgrades...

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Posted : September 30, 2019 8:20 am
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neomr2
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No one else thought the chassis, suspension, and overall construction were well thought out?

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Mono Craft GT-300 with a few upgrades...

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Posted : October 1, 2019 10:28 am
Refirendum
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i think it's well thought out.

but i can't really get over that i feel like the wheel wells are a bit flatsided/slabsided in the rear and would do with a bit of convex or concave curvature to give it a bit more shape.

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Posted : October 1, 2019 6:04 pm
neomr2
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Convertible

Mono Craft GT-300 with a few upgrades...

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Posted : October 6, 2019 6:58 pm
Refirendum
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hardtop vert C8 vette. big GT-like non-japanese MR2?
these cars have got me a with tough "semi-attainable dream cars" list and IDK what to go after now for my long term multi-year plan/planning ahead for my midlife crisis.

- C8 vette?

- any of the GTRs?

- Rotary powered car?

- 911?

- NSX?

03 spyder

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Posted : October 7, 2019 1:38 pm
Dave
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Not sure what to think after seeing those 'vert pics.  Hopefully, the new platform will attract a steady stream of buyers from a younger demographic, so the car has a future. 

The C7 was over the top styling for me, or pretty close to it.  I still love the first year C7 vert in lime rock green with the brownstone interior. But the more I think about C7/C8 design the more I'm attracted to the C6 and C5.  The weakest styling point on those imo was the abrupt rear.  The '03 anniversary 'vert was a nice looking car, tho.   

 

Dave

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Posted : October 7, 2019 9:08 pm
NottaMiata
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Posted by: @refirendum

hardtop vert C8 vette. big GT-like non-japanese MR2?
these cars have got me a with tough "semi-attainable dream cars" list and IDK what to go after now for my long term multi-year plan/planning ahead for my midlife crisis.

- C8 vette?

- any of the GTRs?

- Rotary powered car?

- 911?

- NSX?

I was 50 when I brought The Frog into my life a year ago.

There were a few jabs about a mid-life crisis, naturally.

Mid-life? I hope so. I hope I get another 50 years.

Crisis? Ummm.... OK! If getting the fun-est car ever is a "crisis", can I have more crises, please?

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Posted : October 8, 2019 12:27 pm
mrsponz
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Well, the early reviews are in (sort of). Some publications were given test samples of the new Corvette. Some loved it and some held back on total praise. Of course  Car&Driver loved it. Too much understeer, cable by wire brakes,  a whole list of minor complaints. Bottom line, it is a really nice car, not great (yet), but a good value, when compared to the competition (whoever you want to compare it to).

I cannot afford to buy it, but I would not mind renting it for a day or two or three ...........

Also posted this on SC if you want to see any responses over there.

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Posted : October 17, 2019 7:27 pm
Dev
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Probably good value if they keep their promised pricing for next years run when the demand goes down and they actually sell below MSRP. Whatever bugs it will have including major ones will be addressed as a first year car. Sadly with the hype comes the unreasonable people that get crazy mad when their cup holder breaks.  Its a GM product, there are gong to be all kinds of issues but their downfall will be if the same GM corporate heads dismiss actual safety issues.  Its been a very long time since GM made a mid engine car and for their sake I hope they addressed any potential fire hazard as it will be really bad press for them especially those that are ignorant about mid engine cars that catch fire.  

I will be waiting for the fake news media to sensationalize issues with the new Corvette. 

 

 

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Posted : October 18, 2019 10:18 am
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Dev
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Posted by: @mrsponz

Well, guess what mid-engine car is MotorTrend's Car-of-the-Year.

https://www.motortrend.com/news/chevrolet-corvette-c8-2020-car-of-the-year/?wc_mid=4035:17914&wc_rid=4035:253472&_wcsid=81F1267F92D762A7087BDB2EF9577EEFFC7EEB0F364E18E2

 Rightly so for being a game changer and the most novel car to come out in a long time. I would have expected it but over time I have come to know that these car magazines are worthless endorsements for the real world especially when they claim better than expected reliability and some very unusual quirks that get glossed over.  

American car reviews suck including Consumer Reports and JD Power.  When Top Gear was in full swing including their magazine publications they were a little more honest except in the reliability department and a bias towards anything British which were terrible cars. 

 This doesn't surprise me but in a way it is well deserved for having an affordable mid-engine V8 mass produced car.  Lets hope it holds up because Corvette owners are generally front engine loyalist and the first to scream sour grapes once problems develop. 

 

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Posted : November 19, 2019 12:45 pm
Blackcreek
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I own a 2015 stingray convertible and find the car to be excellent. In my opinion the new Lt-1 direct injection motor is an absolute home run. The Lt-2 going into the mid engine is essentially the same with the improvements in horsepower coming from a better intake manifold that did not need to be pancake flat to fit under the sloping front hood. The exhaust is also a much shorter run which frees up some horsepower. The cam is the same on the intake side with slightly higher lift on the exhaust allowing for the extra 30 horsepower but at a slightly higher peak of 6400 rpm. I can’t speak for the new dual clutch transmission which may or may not have problems. 

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