America, arise. Here’s your newly-minted hero. And Europe, you can forget your old-world snobbishness. America’s great sports car is today re-born. It’s recognisably a Corvette, but its every component has had a hard-reset. If you want your hammering front-engined V8 rumble to come wrapped in the iridescent technologies of our age, you’ve come to the right place.
Brutal statistics first. It makes 450bhp and 450 torques from its all-new V8, and cracks 60mph from rest in under four smokin’ seconds. Chevy people are so pleased with this, they’ve slapped on a badge historically reserved for some of the most knee-trembling Vettes of all. Yes, this one’s a Stingray.
And that name, and those numbers, are just for the base model. What sort of craziness they’ll unleash for the later ‘performance’ versions we can only begin to imagine.
Get all the details at BBC Top Gear
To try and drum up interest in the new ‘vette, Polyphony is letting gamers download the car for free so you can do your own digital development testing around the ‘ring. Unfortunately, there’s no feedback screen so you can’t tell them what you think, and even more annoyingly, it doesn’t give any clues away about what it’ll look like.
Both the interior and exterior are slapped in camouflage, so you’ll have to wait until the debut in Detroit on January 13th for the unveiling. Until then, you’ll just have to imagine what it looks like.
Chevy is looking to get some market feedback on its two new sporty car concepts aimed at the “internet” generation. So they want to “crowdsource” what goes into the Tru 140S and Code 130R concepts seen above.
We think it’s an “air-quote” kind of day:
The Chevrolet stand at this year’s Detroit motor show had two rather interesting concepts on it.
Both are coupes, and both are targeted squarely at young people: bristling with connectivity and sporty styling, but with four seats apiece and insurance-friendly engines.
The white one - named the Tru 140S - is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine and based on a FWD Cruze platform. Think of it as GM’s VW Scirocco or Honda Civic coupe.
The other’s called the Code 130R, which leverages the Corvette and especially Camaro heritage, though it was actually penned by Brit, Joe Baker. He says it’s not retro, but does nod to those cars.
But they’re just concepts, right? Well, yes. But Chevy’s undertaken a lot of market research to come up with the outlines. Mark Reuss, head of GM North America says: “Who knows if there’s a way of getting the young to fall in love with an automotive brand like they do with their phone brand? But if there is, Chevrolet will find it.”
More air-quotes can be found at the link.