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|15th March 2010, 07:30||#1|
Just got a Corvette. Pictures!
After 2 years of dreaming and 2 months of searching, I finally pulled the plug on a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette with just 3900 miles on the clock. Drove down to New Jersey and picked the car up from a private party earlier this week.
Thought I'd share some pictures with this wonderful forum.
My requirement was simple: I wanted the fastest car for my money. The Corvette has few peers in its segment, either in a straightline or in the twisties. This might be financially irresponsible on my part, but to heck with responsibility, we only live once and tomorrow is promised to no one.
I had to buy a used car to bring the Corvette into my budget and I also wanted to let the first owner take the major depreciation hit. I only wanted a 2008 and up model because 2008 is the first year with the bigger 6.2L engine and improved manual transmission and steering.
My car has the 1LT trim level (the lowest trim) with these specifications and options:
I am completely in love with the Black/Comp gray combination. The car still has the new car smell and it looks and drives MINT. No scratches or chips whatsoever. The challenge is to keep it clean, and I don't even have a garage!
On the night I got the car, I took it to a deserted road and redlined 2nd and 3rd gear. That memory will live with me for a long time.
The gearbox has fairly short throws and is direct, but it needs a firm hand.The clutch pedal is nice and easy to modulate. I like the fact that it can take off from idle without any gas input. I think this is one difficult car to stall.
The NPP exhaust is pretty loud. I didn't expect the Corvette to sound the way it sounds in the higher rpms. It has the quintessential American V8 rumble (I think). I guess I imagined the vette will have a slightly more import-ish sound. Dont know why. Anyway, I am starting to love it.
The torque. I adore the torque from as low as 1000 rpm. 4th gear is good for 15 to almost 150 mph (never been to such speeds, of course). 3rd gear is devastating.
The steering effort required is nice and light. I haven't gone corner carving yet but I took a few 20mph ramps at spirited speeds and the steering isn't bad at all. But I must say, from what I have seen so far, it doesn't feel as sinuous and organic as my brother's 335i. I will form my final impression after some harder driving, though.
|15th March 2010, 07:42||#2|
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Congratulations on your new addition. What a car to own, the car looks awesome and great pictures too.
Take good care of her and drive safely.
|15th March 2010, 08:05||#3|
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|15th March 2010, 08:07||#4|
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congrats on your buy.
she looks gorgeous In black.
as said time and time again this is the most VFM super car in the world .
|15th March 2010, 08:26||#5|
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Congrats. One mean and awesome ride
and pretty sure it would have been a great deal.. makes us wonder why people sell such cars so early !!
Can you share the numbers ?
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|15th March 2010, 09:25||#12|
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The car looks stunning. Can you post a video too ( want to hear it growl )?
|15th March 2010, 09:34||#14|
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Congrats on your 'new' vette, hope car's history is clean. Since it has got 13 more months warranty period left there is nothing much to worry about.
What's the deal you got?:-)
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