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Unread 07-31-2007, 06:12 PM   #1
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I got a few questions. >.>

I've always loved Chevy, and I've always had a Corvette at the top of my "OMG WANT" list - but after seeing that, few questions.

1) For $70,000 USD, you can get a Corvette. What could you get for the same price, but foreign made, that could compete? They never really brought that up in the video(s)...but I'd like to know.

2) I know naturally foreigners hate American made, but were they being realistic? Harsh? Easy?

I love all cars ('cept Hondas. Just don't. >.>), and if there is a viable foreign competitor that looks as good as the 'Vette, I'll gladly look into it. >.>
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For the money stock the there is basically nothing that can compete with the new Z06s. Unless you include the Ariel Atom which is barely even a car. Well honestly they were being a bit harsh but everything they said was true. The Corvette does have a rough ride and the older ones had a pretty hefty gearbox. For a bit more than a new Z06 you can get a 911 Turbo which is in the same performance range but a bit slower in the quarter mile and around a track than it. Chevrolet finally got it right with the Corvette this generation. They are stupid fast and for the level of performance they put out a bargain.
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I gotta agree with the plastic thing, though. In a Porsche you will find a much nicer interior, and i now know how much that mtters. My dad drives a toyota minivan with a hard plastic dash, hard plastic door panels, and hard plastic almost anything else. I is really nice to be in a comfortable, well-designed interior(such as my brother's porsche), especially if you are going to do any significant driving. The Z06's interior appears better than the standard corvette's in the videos. Oh, and leaf springs? Clarkson is right about that being mideval technology. Doesnt seem to belong anywhere these days other than on a dump truck.
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What about a Skyline? A lot harder to get, but I think it could compete, dolalr for dollar, with a Corvette.
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Clarkson has driven probably almost every single car on the planet and I love watching top gear. His opinion is totally valid, the car works really well on the race track but it sucks on the road. Really loud tire roar, cheap interior etc. The real problem people have with american cars is that they could make a really good car, but they always half ass it to cut costs. I.E. the shelby gt500 mustang doesn't have a proper rear suspension, it basically has a rear axle that bends instead. Also the Crysler 300c RT edition has an 8litre engine that only puts out 400hp, due to the fact they cheaped out on the engine and only put 1 cam shaft in it. The audi rs4 has a 4.2Litre naturally aspirated v8 that outputs 414hp, more hp from an engine thats half the size of the 300 RT one. The RS4 is close to the price of the Z06, and has better handling, interior, and over all build quality, the engine is a less powerful, but its pretty close. The lotus Exige is around the same price too, its only 220hp but the car weighs less then 2 tons and is probably one of the best handling cars on the planet. Clarkson has some american cars he does like, one of his favourite cars of all time is actually the ford escort RS.
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The RS4 is close to the price of the Z06, and has better handling, interior, and over all build quality, the engine is a less powerful, but its pretty close.
I would debate the better handling part. Though it may be old the engineers at Chevrolet have mastered the leaf spring. The newest Z06 is one of the best handling cars on the planet. Just look that the results for the fastest cars around Top Gears track which is a very technical course where power plays a smaller part. Also the 300C R/T has a 5.7 liter engine in it producing 340 hp and the SRT-8 has a 6.1 liter producing 425 hp. The rest of what you said I do not dispute.
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I would debate the better handling part. Though it may be old the engineers at Chevrolet have mastered the leaf spring. The newest Z06 is one of the best handling cars on the planet. Just look that the results for the fastest cars around Top Gears track which is a very technical course where power plays a smaller part. Also the 300C R/T has a 5.7 liter engine in it producing 340 hp and the SRT-8 has a 6.1 liter producing 425 hp. The rest of what you said I do not dispute.
Yes its one of the best handling cars on the track. on the road its apparently a different story though. Thanks for the correction on the crysler stuff, still 6 litre and only 425hp is still no where as effiecient as a 4.2litre 414 hp v8. Clarkson has a video out called the good, the bad and the ugly where he compares american cars to their european equivalents, pretty good watch.
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Yes its one of the best handling cars on the track. on the road its apparently a different story though. Thanks for the correction on the crysler stuff, still 6 litre and only 425hp is still no where as effiecient as a 4.2litre 414 hp v8.
On the road the Corvette is pretty bad. The ride is rough as all get out. Also yes the engine in the 300C is quite inefficient. They are old school pushrod engines with technology out of basically the 1960s.
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I'd take the RS4 over the Z06, that engine Audi developed is amazing, its a V8that revs @ 8000, and of course the interior blows away the one in the Z06, the AWD is nice too.
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I'd take the RS4 over the Z06, that engine Audi developed is amazing, its a V8that revs @ 8000, and of course the interior blows away the one in the Z06, the AWD is nice too.
The RS4 is a good deal slower than the Corvette but a much more livable daily driver. 4.8 seconds for 0-60 and a 13.3 quarter mile as opposed the 3.5 second 0-60 and 11.5 second quarter mile in the Corvette. It would leave the RS4 by bus lengths. The RS6 is a better match performance wise but a good deal more expensive and still noticeably slower.
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