Helicopter shots of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum.
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.