Colored seat belts. That’s what caught my eye in the avalanche of C8 Corvette coverage we rolled out on MotorTrend.com back in July. Depending on which interior theme you select for your new C8, you can choose seat belts in one of six colors, from basic black to red, yellow, orange, blue, and tan. Hallelujah! I thought. GM is thinking like Porsche. And this is a good thing.
Richard Heseltine uncovers yet another American-Italian exotic that combines stout American engineering with glamorous Italian styling. Voila! The Kelly Corvette by Vignale…
Après plus de 60 ans d’existence, la Corvette n’a toujours pas la reconnaissance qu’elle mérite. Ses qualités routières, son efficacité et l’agrément unique de son gros V8 en font une sportive différente de la reine 911, mais tout aussi désirable. La septième génération baptisée Stingray perpétue un subtil mélange de conservatisme et de technologie.
Par rapport à la Stingray, la Corvette Z06 repose sur des voies élargies (+ 33 mm à l’avant et + 44 mm à l’arrière) et s’offre des éléments aérodynamiques imposants. Chevrolet troque le V8 7 ,0 litres atmosphérique de la précédente mouture pour un inédit V8 6,2 litres compressé.
Les stratèges de la General Motors font preuve d’un certain égoïsme à l’égard de la clientèle européenne. Comme pour la Camaro, la version extrême de la Corvette ne traversera pas l’Atlantique pour de sombres raisons d’homologation, et ce même si la précédente C6 ZR1 figurait bien au catalogue français de Chevrolet.
Sting in the tail. New Corvette Stingray will be mid-engined - and available in right-hand drive, too.
It’s never been a secret. But now the mid-engine Corvette is real — and it’s a transformational event for America’s most well-known sports car.
We make no apology for yet another story uncovered at Dragstalgia, but this time it’s the fascinating story of this 1959 Corvette . The car looks like it was literally pulled from a barn last week, but in fact has been with the Witham family from Bedfordshire since 1986. We spoke to Harry Witham, whose grandfather bought it from a garage forecourt back then, and Harry told us that the car had been partially stripped of its exterior trim ready for a re-spray that never happened, and has remained the same since then. According to Harry, the car was imported new in 1959 and circuit-raced for a season by amateur racing driver Gawain Baille. Baille (who inherited Leeds Castle in Kent and was later made a baronet), obviously liked his American iron, as he went on to successfully race a Mustang, a Falcon and a Ford Galaxie in touring car classes in the Sixties. The Corvette won a race in May ’1959 at Snetterton, and placed fourth at Brands Hatch in the August, but seems to have been retired after just the one season.
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro and the C7 Corvette will soon be pulled out from the EU, as they do not meet stricter World Light Vehicle Test Procedure regulations that will be implemented starting August 31, 2019. The new EU emissions regulations will include changes to the approval tests and procedures and will require existing vehicles to be re-certified. We imagine General Motors elected not to spend the money required to re-certify the Camaro due to its relatively small sales figures in the EU, while the C7 Corvette was already on its way out to make room for the mid-engine Corvette C8.
Stu Goldsworthy is the kind of man who if he says he is going to do something, it’s going to happen in one form or another. So when he said that he, and his ‘C0KANE’ R35 GT-R, were going to break records back in NZ Performance Car, he wasn’t wrong — running a 202mph on his supercharged Kawasaki at Goudies Road, while his Nissan GT-R hit 222mph, albeit under new ownership, both setting records on the same weekend in April.
New Glory Chevrolet’s long-running Corvette is reinvented as a mid-engined junior supercar, and it’s coming to the UK in right-hand drive. By Don Sherman.